Drake & Future 'Jump' to No. 1 on Rap Airplay Chart
Also, Chris Brown earns 40th top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart
Drake and Future each earn a No. 1 on Rap Airplay (chart dated Jan. 23) with “Jumpman,” the lead single from their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. The track reaches the top of the chart (up 11 percent in audience in the week ending Jan. 10, according to Nielsen Music) following a 14-week climb. It's Drake’s 22nd chart leader (extending his record for most No. 1s on the chart), while Future scores his first crowning visit.
Chris Brown’s 40th Top 10: Chris Brown lands his 40th top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay as “Back to Sleep” hops 11-9 in its eighth week on the chart. Brown becomes only the third artist to have as many top 10s on the chart -- Drake leads the list with 48, followed by Lil Wayne (45). The climb at radio aids in a 21-17 rise on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Brown continues at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a third straight week with his latest set Royalty. It sold 18,000 copies during the tracking week ending Jan. 7, a 51 percent decline.
Ray J Returns: Singer Ray J makes his return to the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay (viewable on billboard.biz) chart for the first time in five years as his latest single “Curtains Closed” debuts at No. 39 with a 48 percent rise in spins at the format. The entrance comes nearly three years after his last appearance on any chart, when his controversial single (about his relationship with Kim Kardashian) “I Hit It First,” featuring Bobby Brackins, spent three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013.
Natalie Cole’s Digital Debut: Following the death of Natalie Cole on Dec. 31, the singer enters R&B Digital Songs at No. 14 with her hit song “Unforgettable.” The song spent 16 weeks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 1991, peaking at No. 10. The singer’s death also causes spikes in album sales.