Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz's "Mercy" returns to the apex (2-1) after being knocked out last week by Usher's climb back to No. 1 (for an 11th frame) with "Climax" (1-2 this week). The songs had likewise traded turns at the top three and four weeks ago. The last time two songs had flip-flopped between Nos. 1 and 2 twice over a four-week span was a year ago this month, when Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" (featuring Lil Wayne) twice see-sawed with DJ Khaled's "I'm On One" (featuring Drake, Ross and Lil Wayne).
"Lemme See" (featuring Ross), like "Climax," a single from Usher's new album "Looking 4 Myself," rises 5-3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (25 million, up 10%). J. Cole's "Nobody's Perfect" (featuring Missy Elliott), drops 3-4 and 2 Chainz's "No Lie" (featuring Drake) climbs 6-5.
GOOD 'FORTUNE': Chris Brown debuts his latest set, "Fortune," at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 135,000 units in its first week, according to SoundScan. The set is Brown's third consecutive No. 1 on the chart and fourth out of five albums to reach the top. (Sophomore set "Exclusive" debuted at No. 2 in 2007.)
"Fortune" marks Brown's second-lowest opening sales week sales. Only his 2009 album "Graffiti" started lower (102,000). Last year's "F.A.M.E." began with 270,000.
So far, only one of the new release's three R&B-focused singles has reached the top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: "Strip," featuring Kevin McCall, which peaked at No. 3 in March. "Sweet Love" hit its No. 25 peak two weeks ago while rap track "Till I Die," featuring Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa, reaches a new high this week (26-22). ("Turn Up the Music," which was worked to top 40 and rhythmic outlets, hit No. 81.)
In other entrances, Mobb Deep member Prodigy debuts his third studio album, "H.N.I.C. 3," part three of a trilogy that began in 2000, at No. 16 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (4,000). The new set includes guest appearances by Mobb Deep cohort Havoc, French Montana and Waka Flocka Flame.
B.o.B's "Strange Clouds" is the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart's Greatest Gainer, shooting 9-5 (19,000, up 164%). Amazon's MP3 store 99-cent promotion on July 3 was the catalyst for the 12,000-unit gain.