Blackbear's 'Digital Druglord' Bows in Top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Tarina Doolittle


Blackbear scores his second top 10 effort on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his latest release, Digital Druglord, bows at No. 7 on the May 13-dated list. The set -- which is his fifth entry on the tally overall -- earned 29,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 27, according to Nielsen Music. He previous hit the top 10 with 2016’s Cashmere Noose EP, which also reached No. 7.

Digital Druglord’s bow comes just four weeks after the arrival of Mansionz, Blackbear’s collaborative set with Mike Posner. The album (credited to Mansionz) debuted and peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard 200.

The release of Digital Druglord spurs its single “Do Re Mi” onto the Billboard Hot 100, arriving at No. 87 and marking the act’s first ever appearance on the chart. It concurrently becomes his first entry over on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, bowing at No. 43. The entries are fueled by 7.4 million weekly streams, with 57 percent coming from Spotify plays. An 86 percent increase in downloads, to 9,000 sold in the most recent tracking week, also powers the debut while causing a 19-11 jump on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart in its second frame.

DJ Khaled Tops Rhythmic Songs: Meanwhile, DJ Khaled earns his second Rhythmic Songs airplay chart-topper as “Shining,” featuring Beyonce and Jay Z hops 4-1 in its 11th frame (up 9 percent in spins in the week ending April 30). The producer last reached the summit of the airplay chart on the Aug. 27, 2016 chart issue with “For Free,” featuring Drake, spending three weeks at No. 1. The climb grants both featured guests their ninth No. 1s on the list.

‘Location’ Reaches No. 1: Finally, rising R&B singer Khalid earns his first No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart as his breakout hit “Location” steps 2-1 in its 23rd week (up 8 percent in plays in the tracking frame). The song now holds the third-longest trip to the top in the nearly 24-year history of the list. Only two songs took longer to reach No. 1: Monica’s “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” (25 weeks; reached No. 1 on Jan. 13, 1996), and Jeremih’s “Planes,” featuring J. Cole (24 weeks in 2015).


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