R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj's No. 1 Trifecta
Nicki Minaj picks up her first chart-topper on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake, as the song steps up 2-1 in its 12th week (36.5 million listener impressions, up 7%, according to Nielsen BDS). The milestone comes just over a month after the rapper's debut album "Pink Friday" skipped its way to No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in its seventh week and a week after it overtook the top of the Billboard 200 in its 11th week on that chart.
Before this week's jump on R&B/Hip-Hop songs, Minaj had posted an impressive 15 tracks on the list dating back to her 2009 debut "I Get Crazy," featuring Lil Wayne, which peaked at No. 37. She peaked as high as No. 2 twice with her guest spots on Ludacris' "My Chick Bad" and Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up" last year. Even more impressive, though, is that Minaj is now the first female rapper to top the chart since Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" spent 5 weeks at No. 1 in 2002! She has officially brought back the female rapper…
With "Moment 4 Life," Nicki also gives Drake his fifth No. 1 on the list. Just last week, Drake got his fourth No. 1 as the featured artist on Jamie Foxx's "Fall For Your Type," which falls 1-3 with an 8% decline to 31.8 million in audience, while Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot," featuring Cory Gunz, steps 3-2 with a 13% increase to 34.11 million in audience.
No. 4 brings us another impressive stat, Trey Songz picks up his tenth top 5 hit on the list with "Love Faces," which leaps 10-4 in its ninth week (26.2 million in audience, up 17.5%). He first reached this upper crest back in 2005, when his guest turn on Twista's "Girl Tonite" reached No. 3 two months after his own debut single "Gotta Make It," (featuring Twista, of course), peaked at No. 21.
Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" slips 4-5 in its 15th week, as does Chris Brown's "No BS," which moves 5-6 in its 16th frame. Trey Songz's former leader "Can't Be Friends" steps up 8-7 in its 25th week, while Rihanna's "What's My Name?," featuring Drake, moves 9-8 in its 18th week.
Waka Flocka Flame reenters the top 10 with "No Hands," featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, as the songs skips 11-9 in its 18th week. Rounding out the top 10 is Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele, falling 7-10 in its 29th week on the chart.
New additions to the list include Canadian tween boy band Mindless Behavior, who open at No. 75 with "My Girl" (1.8 million listener impressions); Rihanna's "S&M" bowing at No. 80 with 1.7 million listeners, after all the buzz over its music video; and Wiz Khalifa's second single from his upcoming "Rolling Papers" debut, titled "Roll Up," opening at No. 94 with 1.1 million in audience.
There wasn't much movement on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, as Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" picks up a sixth frame at No. 1 with 47,000 copies (according to Nielsen BDS), while Eminem's "Recovery" (3-2 with 38,000 copies) and Rihanna's "Loud" (2-3 with 37,000 copies) trade places underneath her.
R. Kelly's "Love Letter" moves 6-4, reentering the top five for a sixth week with 26,000 copies, while Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of my Life" stays put at No. 5 with 19,000 copies. Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (7-6 with 16,000 copies), Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" (8-7 with 15,000 copies) and T.I.'s "No Mercy" (9-8 with jus under 15,000 copies) each step up a position.
Closing out the top 10 are Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" at No. 9 (13,000 copies, up 25%) and Keyshia Cole's "Calling All Hearts," which stays put at No. 10 with just fewer than 13,000 copies.
Opening at No. 29 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week is Eminem's newly signed rap supergroup Slaughterhouse, whose self-titled EP shifts 5,000 copies. The group's full-length debut, also called "Slaughterhouse," opened at No. 4 back in the Aug. 29, 2009, issue, with 18,000 copies to start. Both the album and EP were released through independent label eOne, with little promotion and marketing.
The "NOW That's What I Call R&B" compilation also debuts on the chart at No. 47 with 2,000 copies sold.