Rihanna Nears Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart With 'Needed Me'
Plus, ScHoolboy Q hits No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums & Desiigner approaches a Hot Rap Songs record.
Rihanna inches closer to No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as “Needed Me” rises 3-2 on July 30-dated list. The track had been stuck in the No. 3 slot for the past seven consecutive weeks. “Needed Me” is up in airplay (by 13 percent), sales (up 4 percent) and streams (up 1 percent), but is still quite a ways behind the chart’s current champ, “One Dance” by Drake featuring WizKid and Kyla. “One Dance” has been No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks.
In total, “Needed Me” is Rihanna’s 10th track to reach the top two positions on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She previous hit the region with “Work” (featuring Drake, No. 1 for 11 weeks), “FourFiveSeconds” (with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, No. 1 for seven weeks), “The Monster” (Eminem featuring Rihanna, No. 1 for 13 weeks), “Diamonds” (No. 1 for 14 weeks), “Birthday Cake” (featuring Chris Brown, No. 2), “What’s My Name?” (featuring Drake, No. 2), “Rude Boy” (No. 2), “Live Your Life” (T.I. featuring Rihanna, No. 2) and “Take a Bow” (No. 1).
'Blank' Bows at No. 1: ScHoolboy Q arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (dated July 30) with Blank Face LP, selling 52,000 copies in the week ending July 14, according to Nielsen Music. The entry marks the rapper’s second chart-topping set, following his 2014 effort Oxymoron (which debuted with 139,000 copies sold).
Blank Face takes a No. 2 bow on the Billboard 200, with 74,000 equivalent units earned. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Meanwhile, the album’s lead single “THat Part,” featuring Kanye West, hops 14-10 on Hot Rap Songs in its fifth charting week. With the climb, ScHoolboy Q earns his fourth top 10 on the chart -- while West scores his 31st.
ScHoolboy Q returns to the Billboard Artist 100 chart (which measures artist popularity across all genres) for the first time since 2014, reaching a new peak at No. 5. He spent 19 weeks on the chart between July and September in 2014, previously peaking at No. 49.
‘Keys’ Climbs: Elsewhere, DJ Khaled’s “I Got The Keys,” featuring Jay Z & Future, jumps 16-11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, earning Streaming Gainer honors for a second consecutive week (vaulting 75 percent to 8.7 million weekly plays in the week ending July 14). Increased airplay also supports the climb, logging 19.2 million audience impressions in the week ending July 17 (up 21 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100, “Keys” soars 56-34, while “For Free,” featuring Drake, climbs 20-17 in its sixth week.
‘Panda’ Marks Milestone: Finally, Desiigner’s breakout hit “Panda” spends a 15th week at No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs. The extended No. 1 run marks only the fourth time in the chart’s 27-year history that an act has spent 15 weeks or more at the top with their debut charting track. The newcomer ties with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ first charting song, “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, and Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” (each with 15 weeks at No. 1), while trailing Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, which spent 18 weeks at No. 1 (the longest chart-topping run for an act’s debut single).