The Weeknd Earns First No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

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Plus, Fetty Wap nets a new No. 1 & two rap sets debut in the top five of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

The Weeknd scores his first No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" steps 2-1 in its 14th week. The song rises 23 percent in overall audience to 85.6 million audience impressions (up 9-6 on Radio Songs) in the week ending March 29, according to Nielsen Music. “Earned It” is stationary at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs, but with a solid 24 percent rise in weekly clicks to 8.9 million.

The growth at radio and streaming, along with a 4 percent climb in digital sales (to 108,300 downloads), also helps the song step 6-5 on the Hot 100, reaching its current peak.

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The success of “Earned It” helps The Weeknd reach a new peak on Billboard’s Artist 100, which ranks the top artists across all genres and music consumption and social metrics, as he hops 11-9 to enter the top 10 for the first time in his 24-week run on the chart.

Fetty Wap Wins First Airplay No. 1: Fetty Wap scores his first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, hopping 4-1 with “Trap Queen,” up 18 percent to 23.6 million audience impressions at the radio format. The rise, along with a 19 percent jump in digital sales (to 91,000 downloads), bumps the track 3-2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, a new peak.

Action Bronson & Earl Sweatshirt Lead Album Debuts: On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Action Bronson takes the Hot Shot Debut as Mr. Wonderful arrives at No. 3 with 44,000 copies. It’s the rapper’s major-label full-length debut, following a number of mixtapes and his 2013 EP Saaab Stories, which peaked at No. 9 in June of that year with 8,000 sold in its first week. Bronson enters Billboard’s Artist 100 chart at No. 22.

Earl Sweatshirt follows with the second-highest entrance on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, coming in at No. 4 with his set I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt. His sophomore album debuts with 27,000 copies. His previous album, Doris, debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2013 off a 49,000 launch.