Wiz Khalifa Scores Second No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart
Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C." debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 141,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the Pittsburgh rapper's second leader on the list. It follows his major label debut "Rolling Papers" which opened at the top of the April 16, 2011 chart with 197,000 copies.
While "Rolling Papers" capitalized off the success of lead single "Black and Yellow," a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 weeks before the album's release, the current set debuts with lead single "Remember You" just picking up steam.
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the Weeknd-assisted track reaches its new peak of No. 20 this week, its 11th on the chart. "O.N.I.F.C.'s" debut, however, produces five new entries on the list including "Let It Go," featuring Akon (No. 25) and "It's Nothin," featuring 2 Chainz (No. 34) thanks to 39,000 and 28,000 downloads, respectively. On R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, the two cuts debut at Nos. 10 and 15.
Khalifa's album was the only debut in the top 40 this week, as fewer albums are released as we get closer to the end of the year. Next week, we'll look for high bows from Game and Big Boi, with their latest respective sets, "Jesus Piece" and "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors."
As for the rest of the top five on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally this week, Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" falls 1-2 with 77,000 (down 52%) while Rihanna's "Unapologetic" dips 2-3 with 59,000 (down 17%). Cee Lo Green's "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" rises 5-4 with 30,000 (up 29%) and Keyshia Cole's "Woman to Woman" descends 3-5 with 29,000 (down 23%).
Over on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: the top 10 greets a new arrival, the top three are stationary and Tamar Braxton makes a comeback.
A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems" jumps 12-10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, marking a new high for the track. The song's sales continue to grow, rising 33% to 57,000 this week, holding at No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. Its airplay is also increasing, as it jumps 25-25 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with a 37% growth in audience, according to Nielsen BDS.
"F**kin Problems" (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) was already A$AP Rocky's highest charting single, and now thus becomes his first top 10.
To make room for A$AP in the top 10, a title drops out of the region: 50 Cent's "My Life" tumbles from No. 6 to No. 22. The fall was expected, as the song started to strongly with out-of-the-gate sales fueled by its performance on "The Voice." When and if the song stabilizes both in terms of sales, airplay and streaming, it will change course and move back up the chart.
The top three this week are all stationary, with Rihanna's "Diamonds" crowning the list yet again -- for a 10th straight week. Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" are holdovers at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Behind them at No. 4 is a gaining "Thrift Shop" from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who rise to a new peak with the track.
Finally, in 1999, a young Tamar Braxton, who then went simply by Tamar, posted "Get None," featuring Jermaine Dupri and Amil, on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs reaching a No. 59 peak. 13 years and two reality television shows later (WEtv's "Braxton Family Values" and "Tamar & Vince") Braxton's "Love and War" debuts at No. 12 on the list and at No. 3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs thanks to the 84,000 downloads sold in its first week of availability.