Lalah Hathaway Has Best Week Ever on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Lalah Hathaway's "Lalah Hathaway Live."

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake’s "Drink You Away" surges after the CMA Awards

Singer Lalah Hathaway earns her highest-charting set yet on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Lalah Hathaway Live enters at No. 2, selling 15,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music. (It surpasses the No. 6 peak of 2008’s Self Portrait.)

The new album (her seventh charting effort) was recorded at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where Hathaway’s father recorded Donny Hathaway Live, which peaked at No. 4 on the chart in 1972. The new live set opens with Lalah’s rendition of her father’s well-known song “Little Ghetto Boy,” which reached No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally (April 29, 1972).

Live’s release triggers a No. 82 entry for Lalah on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, which ranks the week’s most popular artists across all genres.

CMAs Reignite Timberlake’s ‘Drink’: Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake's medley performance with Chris Stapleton on the CMA Awards (Nov. 4) spurs a big re-entry for the singer. On the CMAs, Timberlake and Stapleton performed Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” and Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” In turn, “Drink” re-enters R&B Digital Songs at No. 1 with 76,000 downloads (up from essentially nothing the week previous). It’s his first No. 1 on the list.

The rise in sales aids the song's No. 22 re-entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where it had previously only spent one week at No. 34 (Dec. 14, 2013). The song appears on Timberlake’s most recent album, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) which spent a week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (Oct. 19, 2013).

RCA Records, Timberlake's label, serviced "Drink You Away" to country radio stations on Nov. 11. Thus, the track might find some additional chart action in the coming weeks.

G-Eazy Scales Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Finally, rapper G-Eazy soars 46-32 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Me, Myself & I,” featuring Bebe Rexha, following the release its music video on Oct. 29. It’s up 52 percent in streams.

G-Eazy’s “Random” simultaneously debuts at No. 48 with 1.3 million weekly streams and 14,000 downloads. Both songs (from G-Eazy’s forthcoming When It’s Dark Out album, due Dec. 4) trek the tally, despite minimal radio airplay.


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