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Leon Bridges Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Kathy Tran

Leon Bridges photographed on June 17, 2015 at Shipping & Receiving in Fort Worth, Texas.

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American soul singer Leon Bridges crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his debut album Coming Home debuts with 38,000 copies sold in the week ending June 28 (according to Nielsen Music).

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Bridges first landed on the charts in February of this year when the album’s old-school title track hit the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart (a weekly ranking of the most shared songs on Twitter in the U.S. by up-and-coming artists), where it peaked at No. 3 on the chart dated April 25. Four additional album cuts have since made it onto the list: “Lisa Sawyer” (No. 25 peak, March 14), “River” (No. 8, May 16), “Better Man” (No. 33, May 30) and “Smooth Sailin’” (No. 21, June 20). Over on the Billboard 200, Coming Home bows in at No. 6.

‘All Eyes’ On Meek Mill: Rapper Meek Mill soars onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his 24th charting hit “All Eyes on You,” featuring Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, scoring his highest debut yet at No. 21. The entrance is powered, in part, by 44,000 digital downloads. The song also lands a No. 25 opening rank on Rap Airplay, boosted by 5 million audience impressions at the format. “Eyes” appears on Mill’s set Dreams Worth More Than Money, released on June 29, which will impact the July 18-dated album charts.

Janet’s 48th Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hit: Janet Jackson is back on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as “No Sleeep” takes the top debut, arriving at No. 18. It’s her 48th song to rank on the list, dating back to 1982 when she first placed with “Young Love,” from her self-titled debut album, peaking at No. 6. The neo-soul “No Sleeep” is the first chart hit in five years for the singer following “Nothing,” which reached No. 58 in May 2010. The new single from Jackson’s upcoming album, due in the fall, sold 38,000 downloads in its first week out, earning at No. 2 arrival on R&B Digital Songs.

DJ Snake Scores Rhythmic No. 1: A year after DJ Snake topped Rhythmic Songs with his debut chart hit, “Turn Down For What,” with Lil Jon, the French producer reaches the top with “You Know You Like It,” alongside AlunaGeorge. The track hops 3-1, despite a one percent decline in plays at the format. The rise in rank gives English duo AlunaGeorge its first No. 1 on the list.