Tyler, the Creator and Meek Mill Debut at Nos. 1 & 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart
Plus: New top 10s for 21 Savage, Cardi B, Yo Gotti & Kendrick Lamar.
Tyler, the Creator debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Aug. 12) with Flower Boy, which earned 106,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music. Boy gives the rapper his third chart-topping set after Goblin in 2011 and Cherry Bomb in 2015.
Meanwhile, Meek Mill starts at No. 2 with his latest effort, Wins & Losses. The album earns 102,000 equivalent album units and becomes the Philadelphia native’s fourth top 10 on the chart, following Dreams and Nightmares (No. 1 for one week in 2012), Dreams Worth More Than Money (a two-week leader in 2015) and DC4 in November.
The two albums also contested a close race for No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 along with Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life. Del Rey claimed victory, with 107,000 units, while Tyler and Meek Mill landed in the runner-up and No. 3 spots, respectively.
21 To Top 10: On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, 21 Savage scores his first top 10 hit as a lead artist as “Bank Account” rises 13-10. The rapper previously appeared in the region in a featured role on Drake’s “Sneakin,” which hit No. 8 last year.
“Account” cashes in with across-the-board gains in streaming, sales and radio. It earns the chart’s Streaming Gainer award, clocking a 34 percent gain to 22.1 million on-demand streams in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music. The tune also nets 13,000 digital downloads in the same period, a weekly gain of 9 percent, and lifts a whopping 509 percent to 2 million in overall radio audience for the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music.
The increased activity pays dividends for “Account” on the Billboard Hot 100, where it darts 33-21 to become Savage’s highest-charting song among his seven entries to date.
The song bursts with a 22 percent hike in spins for the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music. With the move, both acts flaunt two top 10s on Rhythmic Songs on the current chart. Lamar’s “Humble.” ranks at No. 4 after having previously topped the chart for three weeks. Rihanna features on the current champ, DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” (also featuring Bryson Tiller), in its second frame commanding the chart.
Overall, “Loyalty.” becomes Lamar’s ninth top 10 hit on Rhythmic Songs and Rihanna’s 36th. The latter extends the record for the most in chart history among women and rates as the fourth-best sum among all acts, behind Lil Wayne (40), Drake (39) and Chris Brown (38).
Cardi ‘Moves’ Up: Finally, the Hot Rap Songs chart welcomes a pair of new top 10s, led by the 14-8 surge of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” The breakout hit from the Bronx rapper, who was Billboard’s Chartbreaker act for July, swells 42 percent to 15.7 million on-demand streams for the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music, and darts 30-10 on the all-genre Streaming Songs chart.
“Bodak” also earns the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart’s Airplay Gainer award with its 59 percent increase in format audience to 11 million for the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music. The tune also debuts on the Digital Song Sales chart with 16,000 downloads sold, up 60 percent for the week ending July 27, per Nielsen Music.
Gotti & Nicki Take Two: Additionally, Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up,” featuring Nicki Minaj steps 12-10 on Hot Rap Songs, giving Yo Gotti his second top 10 after his previous Minaj collaboration, “Down in the DM,” reached No. 2 last year.
“Rake” rises with a 23 percent gain in on-demand streams to 14.3 million for the week and a 3 percent bump to 12,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music. The song also scores an identical 23 percent surge in radio audience, reaching 22 million for the week ending July 30. The spike in listenership fuels the track’s No. 50 debut on the all-genre Radio Songs chart.