'Rich Gang' Album Debuts; Jay Z Ends Macklemore & Lewis' Long Run at No. 1
Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman brings together a host of artists for the "Rich Gang" compilation album, which debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 24,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Though most of the artists on the crew album are Birdman's Young Money/Cash Money labelmates, it also features appearances by the likes of Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana.
The set's high debut this week coincides with its lead single "Tapout," performed by Lil Wayne, Birdman, Future, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj, breaking into the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the first time (13-10). The raunchy cut sold 29,000 downloads, a 7% increase, and notched 1.7 million streams, up 8% according to Nielsen BDS. In terms of Nielsen-era top 10s on the list (from Dec. 1992 onward), this is Lil Wayne's 35th hit, extending his lead over Drake and R. Kelly's 32 top 10s apiece.
Looking back, the Young Money/Cash Money family has posted two previous compilation albums on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In 2000, the Cash Money Millionaires entered "Baller Blockin" at No. 2 on the heels of its bouncy "Project Chick" single, which peaked at No. 17 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
A decade later, Lil Wayne grouped his expanding Young Money imprint for "We Are Young Money" which opened at No. 3 on the albums list. It was bolstered by four top 20 hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, including "Every Girl" and "Bedrock," featuring Lloyd, which both peaked at No. 2.
Recapping the rest of the top five on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, we have Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" posting a third week at No. 1 with 77,000 copies -- a 40% decline.
His Legends of the Summer tourmate Justin Timberlake steps 3-4 with "The 20/20 Experience" moving 21,000 (a 14% drop) in its 20th week. J. Cole's "Born Sinner" slips 3-4 with slightly fewer than 21,000 (down 23%) while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" holds steady at No. 5 with 18,000 copies, an 8% dip.
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's summer smash "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, picks up an eighth week at the top while Jay Z's "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake (3-2), leapfrogs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton (2-3), for the No. 2 spot.
On the Rap Songs chart, "Holy Grail" ends Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's 29-week reign at No. 1 with "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz (15 weeks), and "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton (14 weeks). The duo had ruled the list for all but the first two weeks of 2013. For Jay, it's his first trip to the Rap penthouse since 2011 when "Ni**as in Paris," alongside Kanye West, resided there for 10 weeks.
Nos. 4-9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs remain stationary with Macklemore & Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert at No. 4, Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O.," featuring Future & Rick Ross, at No. 5 and J. Cole's "Power Trip," featuring Miguel, at No. 6. "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, holds tight at No. 7 in its 43rd week as do Ciara's "Body Party" at No. 8 and Wale's "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas or Rihanna, at No. 9. The aforementioned "Tapout" rounds out this week's top 10.
Just outside the top 10, Chris Brown's "Love More," featuring Nicki Minaj, takes home Hot Shot Debut honors with a No. 15 entrance. The cut sold 57,000 downloads in its first week of availability, enough for a No. 6 entry on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. "Love More" is the third single off of Brown's upcoming sixth studio album, "X," due this fall.