Chris Brown returns to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time since 2006, as "Deuces" jumps from No. 2 to No. 1 this week.
Hitting the top in just its ninth week on the list, it ties for the year's fastest climb to No. 1. In April, Monica's "Everything to Me" also raced to the penthouse in just nine weeks.
"Deuces" (featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall) is Brown's third No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after his debut single "Run It!" in 2005 and the following year's "Say Goodbye." The latter reigned for six weeks, while "Run It!" spent two frames at the top.
Last month, Billboard reported that there was no official word from Jive, Brown's record label, as to when his fourth studio album will be released. The singer has tweeted that his next set may arrive in 2011 or sooner, possibly preceded by a mixtape. Brown's last album, 2009's "Graffiti," has sold 319,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Brown has been on a roll lately. In addition to his first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in nearly four years, he's also co-starring in the film "Takers," which was the highest grossing film at the U.S. and Canada box office last weekend (Aug. 27-29). It earned $20.5 million in its opening three days. "Takers" is Brown's first foray into film since the November 2007 holiday release "This Christmas."
This week, Brown tweeted a missive to his followers regarding his current successes: "Life has turned around for me. I couldn't be more happier. Thanks to the fans."