For the first time in more than a year, four of the top five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart are debuts. And, they're by four very varied artists.
Big K.R.I.T.  claims the No. 1 position with "Live From the Underground" (Island Def Jam) with 41,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is K.R.I.T.'s first full-length album; his "EP 4eva N a Day" charted for a week in April at No. 53.
Curren$y  debuts his second album on Warner Bros. and fourth overall set, "The Stoned Immaculate," at No. 2 with 36,000. That's his highest debut and position to date.
Below lone top five holdover "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" from Nicki Minaj  (1-3), Capitol Records' new R&B act Emeli Sandé  debuts her first album, "Our Version of Events," at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (12,000). The former supporting act for Coldplay 's Mylo Xyloto tour has logged six weeks on the Adult R&B airplay chart with the album's first single, "Next to Me."
The fourth of the tally's top five newcomers belongs to soul veteran Eric Benét , who debuts his sixth charted album, "This One" (10,000), at No. 5. The set's "Harriett Jones" jumps 21-20 in its sixth week on Adult R&B, up 22% in plays, according to Nielsen BDS.
USHER MARKS MILESTONE: Usher  picks up his 25th top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Lemme See," featuring Rick Ross,  surges 13-8. Since the chart began employing Nielsen BDS data in December 1992, Usher boasts the second-most top 10s among male R&B singers; R. Kelly leads with 32.
Usher meanwhile maintains the No. 1 slot on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Climax," which reigns for a ninth week. His 19-year career span has included double (or more) concurrent titles in the top 10 a hefty 59 times. This week is his first with a double share of the top 10 since "There Goes My Baby" and "Hot Tottie" placed at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively, the week of Oct. 23, 2010.
"Climax" stays on top with a 2% gain to 29 million in audience, according to BDS. Ca$h Out's "Cashin Out" remains at No. 2 (26 million, up 2%), followed "Mercy" by Kanye West , Big Sean , Pusha T  and 2 Chainz  (4-3), J. Cole 's "Nobody's Perfect," featuring Missy Elliott  (6-4) and Trey Songz 's "Heart Attack" (5-5).
Songz also claims the chart's top debut, as "2 Reasons," featuring T.I. , starts at No. 60.
- The Juice