The Game ties 2Pac and Lil Wayne for the third-most No. 1s, among hip-hop acts, on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as his new album, 1992, arrives atop the list (dated Nov. 5), marking his eighth chart-topper. Ahead of the trio are Nas, with nine leaders, and Jay Z, with 13. The chart, which ranks the week’s most popular R&B/hip-hop albums of the week, launched in January 1965.
1992 arrives with 25,000 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music.
Further, 1992 is The Game’s sixth album to appear on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2016 -- more than any other act (Boosie Badazz follows with five). The Game last reached the top of the list in 2015 when The Documentary 2 bowed at No. 1 (the set also counts toward his 2016-charting albums since it was on the chart through March of this year).
1992 also starts at No. 1 on the Rap Albums chart, which premiered in 2004. He earns the record for most No. 1s on the newer chart, eight, breaking out of a tie with Lil Wayne and T.I. (each with seven).
1992 was preceded by its lead single “All Eyez,” featuring Jeremih, which climbs 39-30 (a new peak) on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Over on the Billboard Hot 100, the song jumps 100-79 in its second week, becoming his best charting hit in five years, since “Red Nation,” featuring Lil Wayne, peaked at No. 62 in 2011.
The Game concurrently re-enters at No. 15 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (after most recently dotting the July 9 chart at No. 80), which measures artist popularity across all genres by blending album sales, track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media data.
The Weekend Rockets: Elsewhere on the charts, The Weeknd earns his seventh No. 1 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, hops 3-1 (up 17 percent in plays in the week ending Oct. 23). It’s the first No. 1 for Daft Punk on the chart, as the act previously peaked at No. 2 with “Get Lucky” in 2013.
“Starboy” remains atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fourth consecutive week while the singer concurrently vaults 50-26 with “False Alarm,” boosted in part by the release of its music video on Oct. 13 (the song logged 5.7 million total U.S. streams, up 88 percent).
‘Bad Things,’ Good Start: Machine Gun Kelly scores the highest debut of the week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his latest track, “Bad Things,” with Camila Cabello, bowing at No. 31. Digital sales are the main driver for its arrival, selling 26,000 downloads through Oct. 20 (enough for a No. 3 debut on Rap Digital Song Sales). The entrance gives Machine Gun Kelly his highest ranking tune among his total five charting songs, besting his previous No. 32 peak with “Til I Die” in 2015. It’s the first time that Fifth Harmony’s Cabello has appeared on the list.
Mary J. Blige Soars: R&B songstress Mary J. Blige vaults 13-2 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart with her latest single, “Thick of It,” increasing 116 percent in spins at the format, taking Greatest Gainer honors. The climb marks Blige’s best showing on the airplay chart since 2010 when “I Am” also peaked at the No. 2 spot.
Meanwhile, the track earns the Hot Shot Debut over on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, bowing at No. 36. The song is from her upcoming album, Strength of a Woman, due this year.
D.R.A.M. Earns New No. 1: D.R.A.M.’s hit track “Broccoli,” featuring Lil Yachty, steps 2-1 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, adding to a growing list of charts that the song has conquered. A 6 percent rise in spins pushes it to the top in its 17th week.
In recent weeks, “Broccoli” has reached No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, Rap Airplay, and Rhythmic Songs. Meanwhile, the track is in its seventh uninterrupted week at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, which blends airplay, digital song sales, and streaming.