G-Eazy Rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

G-Eazy photographed in 2015.
Robert Bruderle

G-Eazy photographed in 2015.

Plus, Tory Lanez & The Weeknd climb

Rapper G-Eazy scores his best week on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Dec. 26) as his second studio album, When It’s Dark Out, bows at No. 1 with 103,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 10 (according to Nielsen Music.)

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The entrance more than doubles the 26-year-old’s 2014 entry with his major label debut set, These Things Happen, which arrived with 46,000 copies.

The debut drives chart climbs for eight album tracks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs including four debuts and three re-entries. The single “Me, Myself & I,” with Bebe Rexha, soars 22-14, reaching a new peak (and a new career high) in its eighth week. Meanwhile, “One Of Them” featuring Big Sean takes the highest debut on the chart, starting at No. 38.

The buzz around the album also spurs G-Eazy's 43-8 vault on the Billboard Artist 100, a ranking of the week’s most popular artists across all genres.

G-Eazy’s Eight Tracks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
No. 13, “Me, Myself & I” with Bebe Rexha
No. 31, “Random” (re-entry)
No. 33, “Drifting” featuring Chris Brown & Tory Lanez (re-entry)
No. 38, “One Of Them” featuring Big Sean (debut)
No. 41, “Calm Down” (debut)
No. 45, “You Got Me” (debut)
No. 46, “Some Kind of Drug” featuring Marc E. Bassy (debut)
No. 49, “Order More” featuring Starrah (re-entry)

Tory Lanez Hits No. 1: Meanwhile, on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Songs airplay chart, Tory Lanez earns his first airplay No. 1 with his debut single, “Say It.” The track steps 2-1 in its 13th week, aided by a 12 percent climb in spins at the format in the week ending Dec. 13.

Lanez also reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (12-11) aided by the increase in airplay as well as a 14 percent hike in streaming, to 6.1 million weekly streams (in the week ending Dec. 10). YouTube and Vevo on YouTube views total 3.6 million clicks, claiming the bulk of streams contributing to the rise.

The Weeknd’s 'Night’ Goes Top 10: Lastly, The Weeknd earns his fifth top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “In The Night” blasts 14-8 while achieving Airplay Gainer, Streaming Gainer, and Digital Gainer awards.

The release of a music video, published on YouTube on Dec. 8, aids in a 153 percent streaming growth (to 4.3 million). Combined, YouTube and Vevo on YouTube views accounted for 51 percent of overall streams. Digital sales swell 127 percent, to 41,000 downloads -- causing a 11-2 leap on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.

On the Billboard Hot 100, “In the Night” soars 37-19, taking both Digital Gainer and Streaming Gainer honors. The climb marks The Weeknd’s fifth top 20 on the tally.


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