Kendrick Lamar, SZA Give Top Dawg 'Ctrl' of Top 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

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Kendrick Lamar and SZA attend The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb 15, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

Meanwhile, songs by DJ Khaled, Playboi Carti & French Montana make moves.

Singer-songwriter SZA’s Ctrl album debuts at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated July 1), opening with 60,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen Music. The set, which was released through Top Dawg/RCA on June 9, gives Top Dawg the top two titles on the chart for the first time, as Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) retains the No. 1 slot for a second straight week and seventh frame overall.

SZA’s Ctrl marks her second top 10 on the list, after Z bowed at No. 9 in 2014 and becomes her first top 10 set on the Billboard 200, where it debuts at No. 3.

Alongside the new album debut, six Ctrl tracks enter Hot R&B Songs, led by the No. 7 “Love Galore,” featuring Travis Scott. “The Weekend” (No. 12), “Doves in the Wind,” featuring Lamar (No. 13), “Broken Clocks” (No. 19), and “Supermodel” (No. 23) also arrive on the chart.

‘One’ To 1: Meanwhile on Rhythmic Songs, DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One,” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, climbs 3-1 to lead the airplay chart for the first time. “One” lifts with a nine percent gain in spins for the week ending June 18, according to Nielsen Music.

The song’s coronation pushes Khaled to three chart toppers, all earned in the past year, after “For Free,” featuring Drake, and “Shining,” featuring Beyonce and Jay Z, ruled for three weeks and one week, respectively. Bieber likewise claims his third leader, while Lil Wayne earns an 11th and both Quavo and Chance the Rapper score their first. 

“One” also moves 2-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for its second overall week in charge and holds for a seventh frame atop Hot Rap Songs.

‘Magnolia’ Keeps Growing: Speaking of Hot Rap Songs, the ranking welcomes a new top 10 as Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia” steps 13-10. The tune, which gained traction after Playboi Carti performed with Lil Uzi Vert at Coachella in April, rises 13 percent in overall activity and sports gains in airplay, sales and streaming. “Magnolia” blooms on other charts as well, moving 18-13 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and jumping 40-33 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Radio Feels French: French Montana’s “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd), breaks into the top 10 of two airplay charts this week. First, the tune scales 11-9 on Rhythmic Songs, giving Montana a fourth top 10 and his second as a lead act, after “Pop That,” featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, surged to No. 7 in 2012. “Unforgettable” cracks the top 10 ceiling with a 20 percent increase in spins for the week ending June 18, according to Nielsen Music.

In addition, “Unforgettable” completes a 14-9 burst on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, fueled by a 26 percent weekly gain in radio audience on the format to 15 million listeners. The boost earns Montana his fifth top 10 credit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay survey and third as a lead artist. “Pop That” rushed to No. 2 in 2012, while “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” reached No. 10 the following year.


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