Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

Robin Harper
Beyonce photographed in 2014.

Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow'

In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist.

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Beyoncé is now in a three-way tie with Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys for the fourth-most No. 1s among women in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally. Only Aretha Franklin (with 20 No. 1s), Janet Jackson (16), Mariah Carey (10) have more. (Gladys Knight has also accumulated 10 No. 1s, but nine of those came as part of the group Gladys Knight & The Pips.)

Beyoncé also tallied four No. 1s in 1998-2000 as part of the group Destiny's Child before reigning for the first time as a soloist with "Crazy in Love," featuring Jay Z, in 2003.

"7/11" -- one of the new songs on the deluxe reissue of Beyonce's self-titled album -- also earns the week's Streaming Gainer honors. It jumps 52 percent in domestic streams (from 7 to 11 million -- fitting, given its title) in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music. It leaps 12-2 on Streaming Songs, her highest appearance since "Drunk In Love," featuring Jay Z, spent four weeks atop the two-year old chart in February.

Wu-Tang Returns: Wu-Tang Clan's first studio album in seven years, A Better Tomorrow, debuts at No. 2 on Rap Albums and at No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. On the latter list, it's the act's highest charting effort since 2002, when Iron Flag debuted and peaked at No. 6. In total, Wu-Tang Clan has earned seven top 10s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

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"It's a very lyrical album," the group's RZA said at a Nov. 3 listening session, "a lot of stories and vignettes of stories you'll hear. And I think you'll get a taste of New York flavor. You will hear some maturity in our thinking process."

Omarion's 'Sex' Starts in Top Five: Omarion's Sex Playlist is second-highest debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, bowing at No. 5 (13,000 sold). Omarion last visited the chart with 2010's Ollusion, which debuted and peaked at No. 7. He last went higher with a solo effort in 2007, when 21 topped the list on the Jan. 13-dated chart.

The new album's latest single, the DJ Mustard-produced "Post To Be," featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, surges 21-12 on Hot R&B Songs, with gains across the board in airplay, streaming and sales activity.

'Coco' Goes Top 10: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs welcomes a new member to its top 10 as O.T. Genasis hops 11-7 with his first charting single "Coco." The track, an ode to his illicit drug of choice (cocaine), sees it chart move powered by its gain in streams: it's up 22 percent in streams, holding at No. 6 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart.

At radio, the song holds its peak at No. 36 on the overall Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (up 7 percent in airplay in the week ending Dec. 9). It also reaches a new peak on Rap Airplay, stepping 19-17 in its fourth week.

Big Sean's Newest No. 1: Although Big Sean's "I Don't F**k With You" slips out of the top slot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (falling 2-1), it attains a new No. 1 achievement: it rises 2-1 on Rhythmic airplay. The song features E-40 and is the third No. 1 on the tally for Sean.

Sean last topped the list in October 2012 as the featured act on Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" and a month prior as a co-lead act on "Mercy."  With 64,000 digital downloads sold (down 3 percent), "I Don't" also jumps 3-1 on Rap Digital Songs, its fourth non-consecutive crowning week.


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