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Maxwell's 'blackSUMMERS'night' Crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Cover art for Maxwell's "blackSUMMER’snight."
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Cover art for Maxwell's "blackSUMMER’snight."

Maxwell bows atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated July 23) with his first album in seven years, blackSUMMERS’night, arriving with 57,000 copies sold in the week ending July 7, according to Nielsen Music.

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The set is the follow-up to his 2009 effort BLACKsummers’night, which reigned at No. 1 for four weeks. It debuted with 316,000 copies sold and has sold 1.2 million to date. The new album is the singer’s third No. 1 in all, the first of which he earned in 2001 with Now. Meanwhile,  the new effort’s lead single, “Lake by the Ocean,” continues at No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart for a sixth consecutive week (down 2 percent in spins at the format in the week ending July 10).

Maxwell also earns a No. 8 debut on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, which measures artist activity across our most influential charts, such as the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50.

Drake’s Golden Top 10: Elsewhere on the charts, Drake scores his 50th top 10 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay list as “Controlla” crawls 12-8 in its seventh charting frame (with a 22 percent increase in plays). He nears the all-time top 10 record, held by Lil Wayne with 52.

Of his 50 top 10s, 40 percent (21 songs) have been as a lead act, while the rest were as a feature. With the climb, Drake ties with R. Kelly with 21 top 10s as a lead act, while only four artists have earned more: Beyonce and Jay Z follow, tied with 22 each, while Usher and Chris Brown top the list with 24 each.

Drake earned his 49th top 10 last week (chart dated July 16) as a feature on DJ Khaled’s “For Free,” from the producer’s forthcoming album, Major Key (due July 29).

Logic’s ‘Bobby Tarantino’ Powers Debuts: Finally, rapper Logic earns two debuts on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: “Flexicution” notches the Hot Shot Debut at No. 33 (aided in part by 4.3 million streams), while “Wrist,” featuring Pusha T, comes in at No. 44 (3.2 million streams).

Both tracks are from his essentially streaming-only album Bobby Tarantino, which debuts at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 with 19,000 album equivalent units earned. While the set is not widely available for purchase, the two debuting tracks went on sale in the weeks preceding the album’s release, with 4,000 downloads each also aiding in their debuts.