Fat Joe  nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain" made a splash (No. 6 peak) in 2007.
Five years later and no longer a part of Atlantic Records, Koch/eOne or Capitol, the Terror Squad leader will independently release an album yet to be named in the latter part of 2012. "Another Round" is the first official single from the forthcoming set. Fat Joe's history on R&B/Hip-Hop songs dates to 1993.
Brown gets a prize, as well, as "Another Round" becomes his 22nd top 10 and ties him with Luther Vandross  for the third-most top 10s among male singers in the Nielsen data era (since December 1992). Only R. Kelly  (35) and Usher  (24) are ahead.
Beyoncé  remains the topper on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Love on Top" leads for a seventh week, despite sinking in audience by 13% to 30 million, according to Nielsen BDS. Usher's "Climax" is quickly closing in, however, rising 3-2 (29 million, up 14%) in just its eighth chart week. He still wins this week: the sex symbol earns his 12th No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with the track (2-1). The move pushes Usher past R. Kelly (11) as the singer with the most No. 1s on the radio-based ranking. He ranks second among all acts, tied with rapper Drake ; Lil Wayne  leads with 14 No. 1s.
Back to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: The other fast-rising top 10, Rihanna 's "Birthday Cake, featuring Chris Brown. shifts 4-3 in its eighth week with a 5% increase to 26 million in audience.
Drake's "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne, slips 2-4, while LoveRance 's little song that could, "UP!" is still building, advancing 7-5 in its 31st week (23 million, up 19%). Brown's "Strip," featuring Kevin K-MAC McCall, drifts down 5-6, while late bloomer Kirko Bangz 's "Drank in My Cup" follows in LoveRance's veteran footsteps, climbing 9-7 in its 34th week (20 million, up 10%).
Rounding out the top tier below Fat Joe's new top 10, Trey Songz  stumbles 8-9 with "Sex Ain't Better Than Love," although, like Usher, he catches a break somewhere else. The crooner grabs the chart's Greatest Gainer/Airplay award as "Heart Attack," the first official track from his forthcoming set "Chapter 5," bounces 51-25. The song posts an 80% increase to 9 million in audience. In its 27th week, Wale 's "Lotus Flower Bomb," featuring Miguel , falls 6-10. Now at the edge of the top 10, the pair needs to avoid a dunk like the 18% downturn it suffers this week in order to avoid ejection from the upper realm next week.
'PINK' POWER: On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, rap's self-proclaimed Nicki Minaj  re-ups her bag of tricks with the release of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," which debuts at No. 1 with 250,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, it also starts atop the Billboard 200.
"Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is Minaj's first set to debut at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Her debut album "Pink Friday" started out at No. 2 on the Dec. 11, 2010, chart, although it sold more than her sophomore set in its first week (375,000.) Her debut album missed the top spot due to Kanye West 's "Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy," which soared 59-1 in its second week, until logging the first of its six weeks in charge beginning Jan. 22, 2011.
"Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is interpreted by Minaj's alter-ego, a flamboyant man named Roman. The album's charted singles so far on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs include "Stupid Hoe," "Roman Reloaded" (featuring Weezy,) "Right By My Side" (featuring Brown) and "Beez in the Trap" (featuring 2 Chainz ).
Nos. 2, 3 and 4 remain intact on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Drake's "Take Care" (17,000, up 9%), Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" (14,000, down 6%) and Tyga 's "Careless World: Rise of the Last King" (12,000, down 5%).
Melanie Fiona 's "The MF Life" slips from the top spot, where it rose to from No. 2 last week, to No. 5 in its third week (11,000, down 33%). Although this is a significant dip, the set is faring positionally better than her 2009 debut album "The Bridge," which was at No. 10 in its third week after debuting at its No. 4 peak.
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