Quality Control Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart; Big Sean & Metro Boomin Debut at No. 2

Big Sean and Metro Boomin
Amanda Friedman

Big Sean and Metro Boomin photographed on Nov. 5, 2017 at Beacon Street Studios in Venice, Calif.

Plus, Kendrick Lamar scores a new radio No. 1 & Rihanna returns to the top 10.

The Quality Control label compilation Control the Streets: Vol. 1 debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Dec. 30) with nearly 52,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. 

Streaming totals overwhelmingly power the total -- with 45,000 of the set’s units derived from on-demand audio plays of the album's songs (translating to 68.1 million streams during the tracking week). The set also registered 4,000 units in traditional album sales, and 2,000 in track-equivalent albums.

The 30-track Control features contributions from several artists affiliated with the Quality Control label, including Migos and Lil Yachty, alongside guest appearances from acts such as Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Gucci Mane and Young Thug. The album was previewed by the single “Too Hotty,” which has reached No. 37 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Directly below ControlBig Sean and Metro Boomin’s Double or Nothing begins at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 50,000 units. As with Control -- and most rap albums in general -- streaming fuels the total. Streaming constitutes 38,000 of its unit sum, with 10,000 in album sales and 2,000 in track-equivalent albums.

Double gives Big Sean his fifth top 10 effort on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, all of which have peaked at No. 1 or No. 2. The streak began with his debut, Finally Famous, which arrived in the runner-up spot in 2011.

For Metro Boomin, Double gives the hitmaking producer his third top 10 effort this year. His pairing with NAVPerfect Timing, topped out at No. 7 in August, while a collaborative set with Offset and 21 SavageWithout Warning, reached No. 2 in November.

Kendrick On Top, Again: Meanwhile, on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, Kendrick Lamar banks his third consecutive No. 1 as “Love.," featuring Zacari, scoots 2-1. The tune registers a 1 percent bump in plays for the week ending Dec. 17, according to Nielsen Music.

The new leader is the third straight chart-topper from Lamar’s DAMN. album. Lead single “Humble.” ruled the radio ranking for three weeks in June, while “Loyalty.," featuring Rihanna, led for one week in September.

With “Humble.”, “Loyalty.” and “Love.,” DAMN. is the second album this year to boast a trifecta of chart-toppers. DJ Khaled’s Grateful is the other, with Rhythmic Songs No. 1s in “Shining," featuring Beyonce and JAY-Z (one week at No. 1); “I’m The One," featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne (four weeks); and “Wild Thoughts," featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (eight weeks).

Rihanna Returns To Top 10: Notably, after helping both Lamar and Khaled ascend to the top of Rhythmic Songs, Rihanna returns to the chart’s top 10 this week with her co-billed N.E.R.D. hit “Lemon,” which lifts 12-10. The collaboration, in which Rihanna’s vocals are all rapped, struts 8 percent in weekly plays.

The tune is N.E.R.D.’s first top 10 on the list, while Rihanna collects a stunning 37th. The latter sum pads Rihanna’s lead for the most top 10s among all women in the chart’s history, dating back to its Oct. 3, 1992, launch. Nicki Minaj owns the second-best total among women, with 28.

Among all acts, Rihanna is in fourth place, trailing only Lil Wayne (40), Chris Brown and Drake (39 each).

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