Fantasia's 'Definition' Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums Chart
Fantasia scores her second No. 1 on the three-year-old R&B Albums chart (dated Aug. 20) as The Definition Of… arrives with 30,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 4, according to Nielsen Music. The singer previously crowned the list in 2013 with Side Effects Of You (which bowed with 91,000 copies sold).
Over on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart -- which started in 1965 -- the new album bows at No. 2. On that tally, it’s Fantasia’s fifth (of five) albums to reach the top three of the chart. She’s previously led the list twice, with Side Effects of You and 2010’s Back to Me.
The new album’s second single, “Sleeping With the One I Love,” hits a new peak on the Adult R&B Songs chart, as it rises 17-16 (up 20 percent in plays in the week ending Aug. 7). Definition’s lead single, “No Time For It,” became her 10th top 10 hit on the chart earlier in 2016, peaking at No. 6 on the April 16-dated chart.
Meanwhile, Fantasia scores a No. 22 debut on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, which measures artist popularity across all genres.
French Montana Flies: Elsewhere, French Montana bounds 27-12 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “No Shopping,” featuring Drake. The track, from the rapper’s forthcoming album MC4 (due Aug. 19), takes the Streaming Gainer award, vaulting 125 percent to 9.3 million weekly streams. A music video released on July 29 is the main driver for the increase, with 53 percent of overall plays stemming from YouTube.
DJ Khaled Tops Airplay Chart: Finally, as DJ Khaled crowns both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Major Key, the producer scores his third No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with the album’s “For Free,” featuring Drake. The chart-capping climb is due to a 12 percent rise in spins at the format. It extends Drake’s record for the most No. 1s in the chart’s history, to 26. (Lil Wayne follows with 18).