Omarion Returns to No. 1 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, Nearly a Decade Later

Matthew Welch
Omarion

The singer surpasses Mariah Carey’s claim for longest gap between chart-topping songs.

Omarion scores his first No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart in nearly a decade and the first ever as a lead artist (and only second overall), as “Post to Be” featuring Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko rises 2-1 on the chart dated May 23 (up 4 percent in spins at the format, according to Nielsen Music). The singer’s only other visit to No. 1 came in August 2005, when he was a featured act on Bow Wow’s “Let Me Hold You.”

The No. 1 beats out Mariah Carey for the longest break between No. 1 peaks by seven months and two weeks. Carey claimed the longest interval when “We Belong Together” reached the top on July 11, 2005, nine years, one month and one week after “Always Be My Baby” touched the top (May 4, 1996).

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Five longest gaps between No. 1s on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

  • Omarion (nine years, nine months, one week)
  • Mariah Carey (nine years, one month, one week)
  • Kelly Rowland (eight years, nine months, one week)
  • E-40 (eight years, six months, three weeks)
  • Mary J. Blige (eight years, five months, three weeks)

Over on the Billboard Hot 100, “Post to Be” slips 13-14, one notch below its peak on the chart. The song was streamed 8.7 million times during the tracking week ending May 10 (up two percent), while digital sales dipped five percent (to 30,000 downloads).

Tech N9ne’s No. 1 Album: Rapper Tech N9ne returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his latest set Special Effects, earning his third chart-topper. The latest project enters with 58,000 copies sold in the week ending May 10, surpassing the opening week sales of his previous album, the collaborative Strangeulation, which arrived with 36,000 copies on May 24, 2014. Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the new album’s “Hood Go Crazy” featuring 2 Chainz and B.o.B hops 44-35 in its second week, aided by a 36 percent gain in streams (to 900,000).

Ciara Serenades at No. 2: Scoring the second highest entrance on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, R&B singer Ciara lands at No. 2 with her latest studio album, Jackie. The set arrives with 20,000 copies sold, also earning Ciara her second No. 1 on the two-year old R&B Albums chart. Sensual single “I Bet” hops 11-9 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, netting her 14th top 10 hit on the list.

Fetty Wap’s First Rhythmic No. 1: The Rhythmic Songs chart greets a new No. 1 as Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” increases 7 percent in plays, stepping 2-1. It’s the first chart-topping track for the rising rapper, who spent three weeks atop Hot Rap Songs in April. The song is in its fifth week at No. 2, following Wiz Khalifa’s five-week No. 1 reign with “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth.