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.