R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz
Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week.
Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" returns to the top three after a five-week absence moving 25,000 copies. According to Nielsen BDS, the set has shifted 941,000 copies since its Nov. 22, 2010, release date.
Eminem's "Recovery" falls 2-4 in its 31st week on the chart with the album residing in the top five for all but four of those. That 27-week run is the longest since The Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." posted 41 top five weeks in 2009.
R. Kelly's "Love Letter" (5-5), Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" (6-6), and T.I.'s "No Mercy" (7-7) all stay put at the last week positions with 18,000, 17,000, and 15,000 copies sold, respectively.
Keyshia Cole's "Calling All Hearts" steps up 9-8 in its fourth week while Lil Wayne's "I Am Not A Human Being" reenters the top 10 jumping 11-9. It is the latter album's 12th week in the top 10.
Rounding out the top 10 is Michael Jackson's "Michael" slipping 8-10 with a 36% decline to 11,000 copies in its fifth week on the chart. For comparison's sake, 2009's "Michael Jackson's This Is It" soundtrack was at No. 2 in its fifth week after spending three frames at the top (the album debuted at No. 100 due to street date violations).
Two new albums grace the chart this week - Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q's debut "Setbacks" opens at No. 25 with 4,000 copies and The Jacka's eighth title on the chart "Flight Risk" bows at No. 70 with 1,000 copies.
On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Trey Songz's "Can't Be Friends" ties Alicia Keys' "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" with 12 weeks atop the chart, the longest No. 1 run since Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" spent 14 weeks atop the chart in 2009.
With Rihanna's "What's My Name?," featuring Drake (2-2), and Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele (3-3), staying put, Chris Brown's "No BS" (5-4) looks like the most formidable contender to overtake Songz.
Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands," featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, continues to slide moving 4-5 this week while Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" jumps 10-6 in its 11th week.
Jamie Foxx enters the top 10 for the first time since "Blame It" spent 14 weeks atop the chart in 2009 with "Fall For Your Type," featuring Drake, jumping 11-7.
That brings Drake's total top 10 songs this week to three and if Nicki Minaj's "Moment For Life" (15-11) breaks into the upper tier next week, make it four.
Lloyd's "Lay It Down" slips 7-8 this while Twista's "Make A Movie" featuring Chris Brown, falls 6-9 this week.
Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" closes out the top 10 moving 9-10. As big a record as it is, "Black and Yellow" has not passed its No. 9 peak first reached Jan. 1, 2011.
There were a number of new additions to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week as radio stations began to alter their playlists once again after the holiday season. Most notably, Chris Brown's rap song "Look At Me Now," featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, debuts at No. 62, Melanie Fiona's "Gone and Never Coming Back" opens at No. 84, and Alicia Keys' tribute to her and Swizz Beatz son "Speechless," featuring Eve, bows at No. 99.