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Alicia Keys Collects Seventh No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Alicia Keys
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Alicia Keys

Plus Future & Drake’s Hot Shot Debut and Chance The Rapper rules airplay charts.

Alicia Keys’ first studio album in four years, Here, bows at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Nov. 26) with 42,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 10, according to Nielsen Music. The debut marks her seventh chart-topper, which ties her with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson for the second-most No. 1s by a female solo act. Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige hold the lead for most No. 1s with 10 each.

Here bows at No. 2 on the multi-metric Billboard 200 chart, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA), with 50,000 equivalent units.

Alicia Keys’ seven No. 1s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Title, Peak date (weeks at No. 1)

Songs in A Minor, July 14, 2001 (six weeks)
The Diary of Alicia Keys, Dec. 20, 2003 (six weeks)
Unplugged, Oct. 29, 2005 (one week)
As I Am, Dec. 1, 2007 (seven weeks)
The Element Of Freedom, Jan. 2, 2010 (five weeks)
Girl On Fire, Dec. 15, 2012 (two weeks)
Here, Nov. 26, 2016 (one week, so far)

Meanwhile, Keys re-enters Hot R&B Songs with the Here single “Blended Family (What You Do for Love)” at No. 20, supported by 977,000 U.S. streams (up 275 percent) and 5,000 downloads (a 488 percent rise). The track concurrently spends a fifth week on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, dipping one spot from its peak (15-16), despite a 13 percent increase in spins at the format (in the week ending Nov. 13).

The album release spurs a No. 12 re-entry on the Billboard Artist 100 for the singer and co-star of NBC’s The Voice, besting her previous peak of No. 86 upon her debut on the Oct. 8 chart.

Future’s Best Debut: Elsewhere, Future takes the Hot Shot Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Used To This,” featuring Drake, arrives at No. 5. The cut is from Future’s upcoming mixtape album Beast Mode 16.

The song gives Future his highest entrance yet (of 72 charting hits), while Drake earns his fifth top five debut. A music video released on Nov. 3 contributes to the 14.5 million total streams that power the entry (41 percent of the weekly clicks stem from YouTube). The track gives Drake his 149th entry on the list, tying him with Lil Wayne for most songs to enter the tally.

Chance Tops Rap Airplay: Finally, Chance The Rapper steps 2-1 on the Rap Airplay chart with “No Problem” (up 6 percent to 37 million audience impressions) netting his first No. 1 at the format. The song simultaneously spends a second week atop both the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and R&B/Hip-Hop airplay charts.