Despite decreased album sales across the board this week, two albums managed to rise in sales and position in the entire top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" returns to No. 1 for a second week with 44,000 copies sold, up 6% according to Nielsen SoundScan. The increase is partly attributed to discounted pricing at major retailers last week, including Best Buy, which was selling the set for $6.99. "Girl on Fire" debuted atop the Dec. 15, 2012-dated chart, extending her streak of No. 1 albums to six.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" also rises 9-5 against the odds with a 7% increase to 23,000 copies, its best sales week since its 78,000 debut in October. Besides being on sale for $9.99 on iTunes last week, the increase corresponds with the duo's breakout single, "Thrift Shop," stepping 2-1 on both the Rap Songs and the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs charts (viewable on billboard.biz). The song sold 236,000 downloads last week.
Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" steps 3-2 this week with over 36,000 copies sold while T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" falls 1-3 with just under 36,000 (down 17%) after two weeks atop the chart. Rihanna's "Unapologetic" also falls 2-4 with a 60% decrease to 27,000 copies.
Meanwhile, things are starting to thaw over on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, even though the top four titles stay put for yet another week.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" picks up a 14th week at the top, just one week shy of the Nielsen-era record for longest No. 1 run held by Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" (15 weeks). (Sales and airplay data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, respectively, began powering the chart in December of 1992.
Right behind Rihanna is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," holding at No. 2. Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" is steady No. 3 and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pool" rests again at No. 4.
A$AP Rocky breaks into the top five for the first time as "F**kin Problems" steps 6-5, forcing Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean's "Clique" to fall 6-5. 2 Chainz's "I'm Different" also continues to climb moving 8-7 thanks in part to the 77,000 downloads it sold this past week to cross the 500,000 mark (513,000 release to date).
Miguel's "Adorn" rebounds 10-8 in its 36th week on the chart while Lil Wayne's "No Worries" (7-9) and Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance" (9-10) both slip.
Songs threatening to enter the top 10 soon include T.I.'s "Ball," featuring Lil Wayne, which jumps 17-12, the Weeknd's "Wicked Games" with a 19-14 jump and Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything" which leaps 23-16 this week.
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