The Young Money canticle "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne, steps up to the plate and undoubtedly hits a grand slam on the big chart, rising 3-1 (30 million audience impressions, up 4%, according to Nielsen BDS) giving Drake his ninth No. 1 on the survey. Among rappers, Drake is now tied with Jay-Z for the most No. 1s.
As "The Motto" knocks his own "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj, from the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs summit (1-2), he is the first artist since Alicia Keys to replace oneself at No. 1, as her "Like You'll Never See Me Again" succeeded "No One" in Jan 2008.
Rounding out the top three is former No. 1 "Lotus Flower Bomb," Wale's ode (featuring Miguel) to the well-perfumed woman.
Nos. 4-7 remain in place. Beyoncé's "Love on Top" (No. 4) stays even in its 24th week on the chart; Young Jeezy's "I Do" (featuring Jay-Z) remains at No. 5; newly-crowned Grammy Award winner Chris Brown holds at No. 6 with "Strip," featuring Kevin K-MAC McCall (23 million, up 8%), a cut from the album that won the coveted prize for best R&B album at the Grammys Sunday (Feb. 12); and, Tyga keeps it rock steady at No. 7 with "Rack City."
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J. Cole's "Can't Get Enough" (featuring Trey Songz) has spent only two weeks outside the top 10 since it reached the region originally on Dec. 31. It returns to the upper league this week (11-8), leapfrogging Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)" (10-9) and passing Bey's second title in the upper level, "Party" (8- 10).
HONORABLE MENTION: Monica and Brandy, the duo that brought us "The Boy Is Mine" in 1998, is back with another territorial-themed anthem.
"It All Belongs to Me" debuts at No. 66 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The track, released by RCA now that Brandy has joined gal-pal Monica at the R&B powerhouse label, marks the first time that the women have worked together since "Boy" hit the No. 1 spot 14 years ago.
EXTRA 'CARE': Drake spends his ninth week at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with his sophomore stunner "Take Care" (32,000 units, up 9%, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
While he's a little more than halfway to matching the last album to reign for a longer stretch -- Eminem's "Recovery" (16 weeks, 2010) -- Drake surpasses three notable influential albums that each led for eight weeks: 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," the breakthrough debut album for the rapper/mogul; The Fugees' "The Score," the sophomore album that introduced the mainstream world to the amazing talents of Lauryn Hill, Pras and Wyclef Jean; and, Dr. Dre's iconic opus "The Chronic."
Since R&B/Hip-Hop Albums adopted SoundScan data the week of Dec. 5, 1992, "Take Care" ties R. Kelly's "Play" 1994" for the fifth-longest command. ("Recovery" ranks atop the list in that span; in the chart's entire history, dating to 1965, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" led the longest -- 37 weeks, beginning Jan. 29, 1983).
Among rappers in the chart's archives, "Take Care" is now in fourth place for the most weeks at No. 1, following M.C. Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" (a monstrous 29 weeks on top beginning in 1990); "Recovery" (16); and LL Cool J's 1987 sophomore set "Bigger and Deffer" (11 weeks).
Getting back to this week's top five, Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" holds at No. 2; Mary J. Blige's "My Life II…" remains at No. 3; Young Jeezy's "TM; 10-3" stays anchored at No. 4; and, Grammy Award winners Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" lifts 7-5 as the chart's Greatest Gainer (18,000, up 41%).
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New at No. 30. Roberta Flack, the original "Killing Me Softly" songstress (and writer) -- before the Fugees covered it -- bows with "Let It Be Roberta," a Beatles covers project. The album, whose first single, "We Can Work It Out," ranks at No. 38 on the Adult R&B chart, marks her first album to hit the chart since "Oasis" in 1989.