Joey Bada$$ Bows at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Joey Bada$$ photographed March 3 at The London West Hollywood.
Ramona Rosales

Joey Bada$$ photographed March 3 at The London West Hollywood.

Also: Lecrae makes Rhythmic airplay chart debut, Post Malone and Khalid earn new top 10s & Gucci Mane’s new airplay chart-topper.

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ debuts at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated April 29) with his sophomore studio album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, arriving with 51,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music. The set bows at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Of its total, 28,000 stems from traditional album sales, triggering a No. 1 debut on the R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales chart.

The remainder of units powering his arrival on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums comes from streaming equivalent album units (SEA) and track equivalent album units (TEA).  The new set follows his chart-topping debut album, B4.Da.$$, which arrived at No. 1 on the Feb. 7, 2015 list.

The 22-year-old MC concurrently enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 50 with album track “Rockabye Baby,” earning his third chart hit to date. The song debuts greatly aided by 4.4 million domestic streams in the most recent week (up 83 percent), while a 140 percent increase in downloads (to 6,000) also powers the entrance. “Rockabye” received minimal airplay points, with only 12 nationwide weekly spins (in the week ending April 16) by monitored stations.

Lecrae’s Rhythmic Debut: Lecrae earns his first hit on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Blessings,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign (who nets his 14th hit), arrives at No. 36 (up 21 percent in plays in the most recent tracking week). The rise is aided by KDGS, Wichita, which championed the track with 42 weekly spins.

Historically a core Christian rap act, Lecrae first appeared on the Billboard charts in 2005, when his debut album Real Talk landed on the Top Gospel Albums chart. Lecrae holds the record for most chart hits on the Hot Christian Songs chart with 43. There, “Blessings” steps 4-3 in its 11th frame, reaching his highest peak on the chart since 2014 when “Say I Won’t,” featuring Andy Mineo, reached No. 2.

“Blessings” also becomes his first song to chart on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, where it remains at its current No. 20 peak for a second week (up 6 percent in spins).

‘Congratulations’, Post Malone: Elsewhere, Post Malone earns his second top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Congratulations,” featuring Quavo, hops 13-9 in its 18th charting frame. Post Malone previously hit the top 10 with his breakthrough single “White Iverson,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Jan. 23, 2016, list and spent 26 weeks on the tally.

Khalid’s Top 10 ‘Location’: Meanwhile, Khalid’s “Location” also hits the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the first time, rising 12-10 in its 15th frame. The track is aided by its highest weekly streaming yet, reaching 20.3 million weekly clicks.

Over on the Billboard Hot 100, “Location” lifts 24-20, marking the singer’s first trip to the top 20 of the overall-genre chart. In addition to the hike in streams, a 25 percent rise in digital track sales (to 19,000 downloads) powers the chart climb. The song concurrently jumps 16-9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart, notching it’s first time in the top 10.

Gucci Mane Crowns Airplay Charts:  Gucci Mane’s “Both,” featuring Drake, steps 2-1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, scoring his fourth No. 1. The climb marks the first time since 2009 that the rapper has topped the chart as a lead act, when “Wasted,” featuring Plies or OJ Da Juiceman, spent two crowning weeks on the list. “Both” is up 1 percent in spins in the week ending April 16, and simultaneously reaches No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rap Airplay charts.


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