Whitney Houston's 'Bodyguard' Redux Debuts on Charts After American Music Awards Tribute
Plus, Post Malone takes over another radio chart, while Gucci Mane, NF, SZA & Daniel Caesar also gain in airplay.
Whitney Houston arrives on Billboard's Soundtracks and Top R&B Albums charts (dated Dec. 9) with I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard. The set debuts at Nos. 9 and 22, respectively, with 6,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music.
The album commemorates the 25th anniversary of the 1992 blockbuster drama that marked Houston's film debut. It includes the film versions of her six Bodyguard contributions – "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "I'm Every Woman," "Run to You," "Queen of the Night" and "Jesus Loves Me" – as well as remixed renditions of the cuts and live performances of the songs from subsequent tours.
The LP's release coincided with a tribute to Houston and the music of The Bodyguard at the American Music Awards on Nov. 19 on ABC as performed by Christina Aguilera. "I Will Always Love You," the first single from The Bodyguard (which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a then-record 14 weeks in 1992-93) and the opening number of Aguilera's performance, re-enters R&B Digital Song Sales at No. 18 with a 149 percent gain to 3,000 downloads sold. (It has sold 7.2 million copies in the U.S. since its 1992 release.)
Post Up on Radio: Post Malone scores his first No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, as "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, scoots 2-1. The song pulled 27 million in audience in the week ending Nov. 26, a gain of 6 percent. "Rockstar" also concurrently crowns the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart for a fifth week and Rap Airplay for a second frame, while commanding the Hot 100 for a seventh week.
NF Climbs: Over on Rhythmic Songs, rapper NF earns his first top 10 as "Let You Down" jumps 14-9 (up 11 in plays). "Down" also debuts on Rap Airplay at No. 23.
Gucci Grows: One more highpoint on Rhythmic Songs: Gucci Mane claims his highest-charting hit on the chart as "I Get the Bag," featuring Migos, darts 11-8 in its eighth week on the list. It surpasses the No. 10 high of "Both," featuring Drake, from May. "Bag" bounds with a 16 percent surge in plays for the week.
Migos, meanwhile, nab their third top 10 on Rhythmic Songs. Their smash "Bad and Boujee," featuring Lil Uzi Vert, ruled for two weeks in March, while Calvin Harris' "Slide," featuring Frank Ocean along with the rap trio, climbed to No. 2 in June.
SZA & Caesar 'Get' Top 10s: The Adult R&B Songs airplay chart welcomes two new entries to the top 10, as SZA's "Love Galore," featuring Travis Scott, lifts 11-9 and Daniel Caesar's "Get You," featuring Kali Uchis, rises 12-10.
"Galore" reaches the top 10 in its 15th week on the chart, aided by a 7 percent increase in weekly plays. The tune had already become an established hit on other radio formats, peaking at No. 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and No. 3 on Rhythmic Songs in October.
SZA has more reason to celebrate "Galore" this week: The song garnered her a Grammy nomination for best rap/sung performance, one of her five nods – the most received by any woman this year.
For Caesar, "Get You" hikes into the top tier with a 19 percent rise in week-over-week spins. It also received Grammy shine, as it earned a nomination for best R&B performance. Plus, its parent set, Freudian (which opened at its No. 6 peak on the Top R&B Albums chart in September) is up for the best R&B album prize.