Chart Juice: Game's On a Roll With 5th No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album
As "Jesus Piece" opens with 86,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), Game now counts five No. 1 titles on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the last four coming consecutively. His major label debut, "The Documentary," spent five weeks atop the chart in 2005, followed by four low-charting independent releases and then "Doctor's Advocate" (2006), "LAX" (2008), and "The R.E.D. Album" (2011). The latter three all debuted at No. 1.
The high bow of "Jesus Piece" is partly attributed to the continuing growth of lead single "Celebration," featuring Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the track (which samples Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's classic "1st of Tha Month") reaches its new peak of No. 24 in its 13th week on the chart. The album's second single "All That (Lady)," featuring Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Fabolous and Jeremih, also debuts on the chart this week at No. 48.
Last week's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums leader, Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C.," falls 1-4 this week (40,000; down 71%) while Cee Lo Green's "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" gets pushed back 4-5 (36,000; up 20%). Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" (61,000; down 20%) and Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (51,000; down 15%) remain stationary at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
Debuting just outside of the top five week is Big Boi's sophomore solo offering "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors," moving 30,000 copies for the No. 6 spot. His solo debut "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" opened at No. 3 in 2010 with 62,000 copies and stayed on the charts for 32 weeks. Comparatively, all seven of OutKast's releases broke the top 10 with three reaching No. 1: "ATLiens" (1996), "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (2003) and the "Idlewild" soundtrack (2006).
Over on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rihanna's "Diamonds" continues its dominance of the chart reaching its 11th week at No. 1. The chart-topping run ties Usher's "Climax" for the longest of the year and is closing in on the Nielsen Music era record of 15 weeks held by Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" (2006). Note: Rihanna's run is the first since the chart methodology was changed to include digital download sales and streaming information.
Just below "Diamonds," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" makes a strong move for the top, skipping 4-2 in its 16th week on the chart. The Seattle duo's breakout single sold 102,000 downloads this week (a 23% increase) marking its biggest sales week yet and producing an identical 4-2 move on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.
"Thrift Shop's" hop pushes down Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" (3-2) and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (3-4) while G.O.O.D. Music's "Clique" and Miguel's "Adorn" stay put at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems" continues its ascent, jumping 10-7 thanks to a 47% increase to 24.4 million listener impressions in overall airplay according to Nielsen BDS. That move pushes down the rest of R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' top 10 with Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance" slipping 7-8, Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" falling 8-9 and Lil Wayne's "No Worries" descending 9-10.