Every Thursday moving forward, The Juice will give its readers an exclusive break down of the hip-hop and R&B charts, including who all is in the top ten, who made a jump and who isn't as popular this week as last week. Here's our first installment of juicy chart bits.
Two weeks after bowing at No. 2 with his "I Am Not A Human Being" digital release, the extraterrestrial Lil Wayne  takes the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart due to the album's CD release. The set moves from 5-1 with 125,000 sold (up 443%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, bumping Eminem 's "Recovery" down to No. 2. Not sure if this was exactly surprising to anyone. Clearly, Wayne and his camp are doing what they can to boost sales, including packaging it with the Def Jam Rapstar video game. As for Em, he's had a pretty long run at the penthouse.
Meanwhile, Trey Songz ' "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" and Gucci Mane 's "The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted" both stay stagnant at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively. John Legend  & The Roots ' "Wake Up!" (7-5), Drake 's "Thank Me Later" (10-7), Fantasia 's "Back To Me" (9-8), Usher 's "Versus EP" (13-9) and Rick Ross ' "Teflon Don" (14-10) all jump up some. Congrats to the quartet, especially Fantasia, who was accused of faking a suicide attempt to gain record sales. *Scratching head*
Waka Flocka Flame 's "Flockaveli" is the only album to drop from No. 2 to No. 4 in the top ten. Still top five -- works for me.
Over on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Chris Brown 's "Deuces" remains at the top of the tally for an eighth week. Billboard told you WEEKS ago that "Deuces" was going to be saving grace for Chris. Kudos to him. Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up" stays put at No. 2 as do Monica 's "Love All Over Me" at No. 5 and Drake's "Fancy" at No. 7.
Making leaps within the top 10 are Trey Songz' "Can't Be Friends," which goes up one slot to No. 3; Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" from 8-6; Lil Wayne's "Right Above Me" from 11-8 and Miguel with "All I Want Is You," which jumps into the upper tier (13-10). Congratulations to all.
Those taking steps down in the top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop list are Jazmine Sullivan  with "Holding You Down" (3-4) and Usher's "There Goes My Baby" (6-9). The two are still top ten, so, it's still a good look for both in my opinion.
There's your weekly Hip-Hop and R&B chart round-up. Come back next Thursday for more.
- The Juice