Maxwell returns with his first charting song in six years as a lead act with “Lake by the Ocean.” It debuts at No. 16 on Hot R&B Songs (chart dated April 30). The track enters mostly based on sales, selling 12,000 downloads in the week ending April 14, according to Nielsen Music.
Traction at radio also spurs a 19-8 jump on the Adult R&B chart in its second week (up 170 percent in spins), earning the Greatest Gainer tag and securing his 12th top 10 at the format.
Maxwell premiered the song via a Facebook Live event on April 7 as the lead single from his upcoming album, blackSUMMERS’night (a follow-up to his 2009 set BLACKsummers’night), due July 1.
Belly’s No. 1 Break: Over on the Rhythmic Songs chart, Canadian rapper Belly marches 2-1 with “Might Not,” featuring The Weeknd (up 6 percent in plays). While the emcee has been a fixture of Canada’s hip-hop movement since 2006, the track is his first to chart in the U.S., marking his first airplay chart-topper (while The Weeknd tallies his sixth Rhythmic Songs No. 1).
‘Panda’ Caps Rap Airplay: Lastly, Desiigner shows no signs of slowing down with his hit “Panda,” as it claws 3-1 on Rap Airplay (climbing to 30.3 million audience impressions, a 33 percent increase), giving the hip-hop artist his first airplay No. 1.
The track concurrently spends a second straight week atop Hot Rap Songs, due in part to a 28 percent hike in streams to 28.5 million plays, garnering more weekly streams than any other song in the country. A 23 percent jump in digital downloads (to 87,000), causes a chart-topping 2-1 hike on the Rap Digital Songs chart.