Chart Juice: Elle Varner Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Elle Varner bows at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut "Perfectly Imperfect," selling 33,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The set is home to three charting singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Only Wanna Give It To You," Varner's breakthrough song (which features J. Cole) peaked at No. 20, followed by "Refill" (No. 10). The guitar-strummer's newly impacted single "I Don't Care" reaches a peak this week, moving 69-65.
Rick Ross remains the top dog on the chart as "God Forgives, I Don't" sells another 60,000 (down 73%) this tracking period. Nas' "Life Is Good" slips a spot to No. 3 (18,000; down 42%) and Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" remains steady at No. 4 (13,000) although it takes a 30% sales dip. Chris Brown also remains grounded at No. 5 with a cool 14,000 sold (down 28%)..
Elsewhere on the albums chart, Bob Marley and the Wailers make a comeback as "Marley: The Original Soundtrack," the complement to the documentary "Marley," is awarded the Greatest Gainer trophy as it rises 75-19 (4,000; up nearly 3,000) after the film's DVD bow on Aug. 7. It's the biggest jump into the top 20 since earlier this year, when Whitney Houston's "Triple Feature: I'm Your Baby Tonight/My Love Is Your Love/Just Whitney" moved 74-13 (chart dated March 10).
BAKER RISES: As previously mentioned in last week's Chart Juice, R&B veteran Anita Baker is back on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after a seven-year absence with a cover of Tyrese's "Lately."
With her No. 61 debut last week, the "Body & Soul" singer takes flight and soars to No. 41 on the R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. Over on the Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), she makes a smashing return with the single, debuting straight in at No. 10.
It's only the third single to bow in the tally's top 10 in its 19-year history. She ties for the highest debut by a woman with Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (Nov. 4, 1995). Only Luther Vandross has debuted higher: at No. 5 with "Your Secret Love" on Aug. 24, 1996. "Lately" was launched Aug. 6 with hourly play across Clear Channel's urban adult stations, aiding its 882-detection debut according to Nielsen BDS.
At the top of the chart, 2 Chainz remains grounded at No. 1 with "No Lie" featuring Drake, still rising with a 4% increase in audience. "Bag Of Money," Wale's latest hit -- which features Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain -- rises two rungs to the silver spot with a 12% gain. Significant increase in airplay next week could give Wale a brand new No. 1. In turn, "Bag" bumps Usher's mid-tempo track "Lemme See" down 2-3. On the way down as well is Kanye West's "Mercy" (featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz) as it slides down 3-4 in its third week off the top.
Meek Mill's first top 10 single is now his first top five as "Amen" featuring Drake pogos up three positions to No. 5. Its overall 10% increase in airplay equates to a healthy audience gain of 2 million.