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Jennifer Hudson Jumps Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Jennifer Hudson returns to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'JHud'; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar scores his highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'i.'

Jennifer Hudson debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her third album JHud (24,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The rank is familiar to Hudson, as its her third set to peak in the runner-up slot. Her last release, I Remember Me, also debuted and peaked at No. 2 (165,000) in 2011. Her 2008 eponymous debut also reached No. 2 with 56,000 sold in its first full week. On the Billboard 200, the new set enters at No. 10; her first two began and peaked at No. 2. The new album's "It's Your World" (featuring R. Kelly) bullets at No. 12 on Adult R&B with a 7 percent rise in spins, according to Nielsen BDS.

Kendrick Captures Highest Entrance: Kendrick Lamar nets his highest debut yet on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as "i" arrives at No. 11, the week's highest entry. The track, which is from his upcoming studio album, sold 76,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 28 (according to Nielsen SoundScan) -- enough to also enter R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs at No. 3, his best rank yet on the list. The track was streamed nearly 878,000 times domestically during the tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, with Spotify accounting for 62 percent of overall clicks. Lamar enters Rap Airplay at No. 9, logging his fifth top 10 and highest debut, recording 19.2 million audience impressions. "i" samples the Isley Brothers hit "That Lady (Part I)," which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1973.

Big Sean Lands in Top 20: Big Sean posts the second-highest entrance on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as "I Don't F--- With You," featuring E-40, arrives at No. 19 (Sean's 11th top 20). The debut is his second-best entrance (and best as a lead act), following Drake's "All Me," featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, which arrived at No. 6 in October 2013. Digital downloads soar 635 percent, to nearly 43,000, launching the track 40-5 on Rap Digital Songs

Mary J Blige's Best 'Damn' Debut: On Adult R&B airplay -- which Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" crowns -- Mary J. Blige debuts at No. 15 with "Whole Damn Year," marking a career-best bow. The track takes Greatest Gainer honors, entering with 492 spins. WZAK, Cleveland played the track 23 times, leading in weekly spins at the format. The song is the first official single from Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions, due Dec. 2.

Snootie Wild Arrives: Making his debut on Rap Albums, Snootie Wild snares the No. 8 spot with his six-song Go Mode EP, opening with 3,000 copies sold. The Memphis-based rapper concurrently arrives at No. 42 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Made Me," featuring K Camp. The track's streams climb by 34 percent to 660,000 domestic clicks, led by YouTube and Vevo, which account for a combined 69 percent of overall streams. It rises 22-19 on Rap Airplay in its third week, logging 6.9 million audience impressions (up 17 percent).

Rae Sremmurd Turns Up With “No Type”: On Hot Rap Songs, Rae Sremmurd debuts at No. 16 with "No Type." Streaming rises to 2 million U.S. clicks (a 288 percent climb), with 1.6 million streams stemming from Vevo. On Rap Digital Songs, the track rises 22-19 with 13,000 downloads sold (a 15 percent hike).