A$AP Ferg's 'Always Strive and Prosper' Bows at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Album art for "Always Strive And Prosper" by ASAP Ferg.

Plus, Johnny Gill & New Edition Earn New No. 1s and Jeremih’s ‘Oui’ Tops Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

A$AP Ferg arrives at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated May 14) with Always Strive and Prosper, selling 22,000 copies in the week ending April 28 (according to Nielsen Music).

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The set concurrently bows at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with 35,000 equivalent album units.

Despite a five percent dip in plays in the frame ending May 1, Prosper single “New Level,” featuring Future, concurrently reaches a new peak on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, hopping 23-21. The album release prompts a No. 32 debut for the A$AP Mob member on the Billboard Artist 100.

New To No. 1: Two chart veterans earn their first No. 1s on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart as Johnny Gill’s “This One’s for Me and You,” featuring New Edition, steps 2-1 in its 22nd charting week (up 21 percent in spins).

Gill joined New Edition in the late 1980s after previously notching his own solo hits on various charts. Since then, he’s continued to maintain a solo career outside of his work with the group. He’s posted seven top 10s on Adult R&B Songs (which launched in 1993) as a soloist and as part of super group LSG (with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat). While “This One” is New Edition’s first visit to the top of Adult R&B Songs, they’ve previously scored five No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Beyonce Bows: Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, all 12 of Beyonce’s Lemonade tracks dot the list, powered by streams and sales following the set’s April 23 release. The tracks are led by “Formation,” which re-enters at No. 6.

Jeremih Jumps: Lastly, Jeremih crawls 2-1 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with “Oui,” earning his fifth No. 1 on the airplay chart (up five percent in spins through the week ending May 1). He previously led the list with “Planes” (featuring J. Cole), as a featured artist on DJ Khaled’s “Hold You Down,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG), and “Birthday Sex."