Def Jam is on a roll. The label claims its fourth consecutive No. 1 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the arrival of 2 Chainz' "Based On a T.R.U. Story" (147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan).
2 Chainz follows a two-week run from Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't," another two-week frame from Nas' "Life Is Good" and a single week atop the list by Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange." All told, Def Jam has locked up the top slot for six straight weeks.
Chainz's album also arrives with the fourth-largest sales week this year on the tally, with the biggest being Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." The "Super Bass" diva's Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic set launched with 253,000. "God Forgives, I Don't" (218,000 in its bow) and "Life Is Good" (a 149,000 start) earned the second and third largest weeks, respectively.
Earlier this year, Chainz hit No. 58 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart with the mix tape "T.R.U. Realigion" under the Duffle Bag Boyz imprint, but he now calls Def Jam home.
"Based On a T.R.U. Story" has churned out the rapper's first No. 1 song as a lead artist on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "No Lie," featuring Drake. The song is currently in its third week at No. 1 on the chart.
Stepping down since its debut three weeks ago, Rick Ross' "God Forgive, I Don't" shifts to No. 2 with 43,000 sold this tracking period (down 27%). Sales of the "Sparkle" soundtrack surge by 111% selling an extra 16,000 (up five slots to No. 3) after the movie hit theaters on August 17.
Former silver spot holder Elle Varner slips to the No. 4 position with "Perfectly Imperfect," due to a 54% loss (15,000 sold). Nas follows suit as "Life Is Good" steps down 5-3 (just under 15,000; down 20%). Just outside the top five is Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," which makes a mega-jump of 119% in sales, rising 10-6. The set was sale priced for $5.99 at Best Buy retailers last week.
FROZEN FIVE: The top five on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is stationary this week, with the previously mentioned 2 Chainz holding at the top with "No Lie" (featuring Drake). Wale's "Bag Of Money" earns a bullet at No. 2 (featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain), Usher's "Lemme See" (featuring Ross), Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz's "Mercy" and Mill's "Amen" (feat. Drake) hold down the Nos. 3-5 slots, respectively.
Meanwhile, Miguel's "Adorn" rises to a new peak, climbing 9-7, while outside the top 10, Future's "Turn On the Lights" hits a new high (13-11).
DIVA ALERT! BRANDY, ANITA & MARIAH: Elsewhere on the tally this week, Brandy reaches the top 20 with her Chris Brown-assisted track "Put It Down" (22-16) -- her first top 20 hit since 2004's "Talk About Our Love" hit No. 16. If "Put It Down" goes any higher, it'll be her biggest hit since 2002's "What About Us?" charged to No. 3.
Anita Baker's comeback song "Lately" earns the chart's Greatest Gainer/Airplay stamp (up 47% to 9 million audience impressions) for a second consecutive week as it jumps 41-24. It's her highest rank since "I Apologize" reached No. 8 in February 1995.
After it slipped off the chart last week, Mariah Carey's "Triumphant" returns at a new peak (a re-entry at No. 67), gaining by 133% to 2 million in audience. WWPR led with 751,000 impressions in the survey's tracking week, while Sirius XM's the Heat played it the most times (31).