6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz's 'Fefe' Debuts at No. 3 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

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6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj in the video for “FEFE” 

With the start, Minaj passes Beyonce and Mariah Carey for the most top 10 hits by a woman.

​6ix9ine’s “Fefe,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz, debuts at No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated Aug. 4).

The track is 6ix9ine’s second top 10, following “Gummo,” a No. 5 hit last December, and producer Murda Beatz’s first as an artist.

For Minaj, “Fefe” clocks her 28th top 10, and she leaps ahead of Beyoncé and Mariah Carey – each with 27 – for the third most top 10s among women. Aretha Franklin (52) leads all women, with Janet Jackson (31) in second place.

The strong “Fefe” start comes at it debuts at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart. The collaboration opens with 45.7 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending July 26, according to Nielsen Music. “Fefe” also begins at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales, thanks to 24,000 downloads sold in the week.

“Fefe” also nabs a strong start at radio, as it debuts at No. 36 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. The track pulled 5 million in audience in the tracking week ending July 29, according to Nielsen Music.

 

Ciara Goes "Up": Ciara earns her fifth top 10 hit on the Hot R&B Songs chart, which began in 2012, as “Level Up” debuts at No. 7 after its first full week of tracking. The tune, released July 18, jumps 5-1 on R&B Digital Song Sales (17,000 downloads) and starts at No. 22 on R&B Streaming Songs (5.2 million clicks).

“Up” coincided with the singer’s Level Up Challenge, which attracted celebrities including Chris Pratt, Kelly Clarkson and Serena Williams.

Carters Crash Top 10: Plus, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, under the billing The Carters, cross into the top 10 of the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart with “Apes**t,” which moves 12-10. The track, the first single from the duo’s Everything Is Love album, advances with a 10 percent jump in plays in the week ending July 29.

“Apes**t” also continues to show favorable momentum on other radio rankings: It moves 7-6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and improves 4 percent to 20 million in weekly audience. The single also remains at its No. 6 high on Rap Airplay, but darts 8 percent in audience for the tracking week.