Drake's 'Take Care' Passes J. Cole's '2014 Forest Hills Drive' for Second-Most Weeks on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Drake performs onstage during the launch of Google Music hosted by T-Mobile at Mr. Brainwash Studio on Nov. 16, 2011 in Los Angeles. 

The set’s 169 weeks trails only Kenny’s G’s "Breathless."

As Drake’s Take Care slips 40-41 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Nov. 17), the 2011 set logs its 169th week on the ranking and secures the second-longest stay in the chart’s history, dating to its 1965 inception.

Care surpasses the 168-week sum of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive and now trails only Kenny G’s Breathless, which holds the record with 185 frames. As both albums re-enter the chart regularly -- Drive has recorded 27 weeks on the survey in 2018, while Care has made the ranking every week this year -- they could contend for the all-time mark in the first half of 2019.

As Drake snags the silver medal, here’s a recap at the current leaderboard for most weeks on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:

Weeks, Album, Artist
185, Breathless, Kenny G
169, Take Care, Drake
168, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole
152, Curtain Call: The Hits, Eminem
146, good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar
146, Greatest Hits, 2Pac
145, Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd
140, The Eminem Show, Eminem
140, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan
132, Views, Drake

Notably, several of those albums, including Drive and Care, have benefited from a 2017 switch in the chart’s tabulation. Prior to the chart dated Feb. 11, 2017, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums was strictly a sales-based ranking. Since then, the chart has ranked albums based on multi-metric consumption through album sales, track-equivalent albums and streaming-equivalent albums and has allowed older catalog titles to qualify for re-entry. Consistent streams for both Drive and Care have helped the albums return to the chart after extended absences.

Breathless, however, also profited in one key way: During its run, a consecutive stretch of 183 weeks between December 1992 and June 1996, with three additional weeks later in 1996 and 1997, the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart encompassed 100 positions. It was then reduced to 75 slots in 2010 and its current length of 50 positions in 2013.


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