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Bruno Mars Bows at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums With '24K Magic'

"24K Magic" by Bruno Mars.
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Cover art for "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars.

Plus, an archival Eminem track debuts, Rae Sremmurd’s radio climb & The Weeknd’s new arrivals.

Bruno Mars’ latest release, 24K Magic, debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Dec. 10), arriving with 194,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 24 (his best sales week ever), according to Nielsen Music. The retro R&B-infused set concurrently debuts at No. 2 on the multi-metric Billboard 200 chart, with 231,000 equivalent units.

24K Magic grants Mars his first appearance on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as the set is his first full-length release to sonically qualify for the tally.

The release spurs four songs onto the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, led by its title cut at No. 3 and followed by “That’s What I Like” (No. 31), “Versace on the Floor” (No. 38)  and “Chunky” (No. 44). Meanwhile, “24K Magic” climbs 6-4 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching a new peak and earning Digital Gainer honors, rising 36 percent in sales to 79,000 downloads.

Eminem’s ‘Infinite’ Revival: Meanwhile, Eminem enters the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart at No. 9 with “Infinite,” with 28,000 downloads sold. The track is a remastered update of his 1996 release which appeared on his debut album of the same name. “Infinite” is the first of a series of 20th-anniversary reissues from the original set due to be released.

‘Black Beatles’ Airplay Boost: Elsewhere, Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane, rises 3-1 on Rap Airplay. It jumps 34 percent in audience impressions in the week ending Nov. 27 (to 45.4 million). The track continues at No. 1 for a second week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio charts, while rising into the top 10 (11-7) on the Rhythmic Songs chart (up 41 percent in spins).

Weeknd Preview: Lastly, The Weeknd scores two entries on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Party Monster” (No. 14) and “I Feel It Coming,” featuring Daft Punk (No. 20). Both songs previewed the singer’s album Starboy, which was released Nov. 25 and will likely open at No. 1 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard 200 charts dated Dec. 17.