Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back the Night' Hits Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

The 20/20 Experience Continues...

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, Robin Thicke continues his reign with “Blurred Lines” picking up a ninth week at the top. Partly owed to buzz generated by last week's release of his "Blurred Lines" album, its title track wins all three chart gainer awards for airplay, digital and streaming. It rises 6% to 22 million listener impressions (according to Nielsen BDS), 30% to 405,000 downloads (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and 19% to 8.2 million streams. In terms of chart points, it leads its runner-up, Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” by more than threefold.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis swap places with themselves at Nos. 3 and 4 as “Same Love” passes "Can’t Hold Us” for the first time on the list. J. Cole’s “Power Trip” returns to its peak position with a 6-5 step as does Ciara’s “Body Party” (8-6). “Thrift Shop” stays put at No. 7 in its 44th week marking its 38th consecutive top 10 week. It crossed into the region on Dec. 1, 2012.

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Justin Timberlake picks up his sixth top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Take Back the Night” hops 12-8 in only its fourth week. The lead single from the album “The 20/20 Experience -– 2 of 2,” due Sept. 30, rose across all of the chart’s metrics. It’s up 6% in audience impressions (to 46.6 million), up 53% to 34,000 downloads for the week, and up 83% in domestic streams (777,000).

Timberlake is still searching for his first leader on the list, after posting a quartet of No. 2 hits: 2006’s “My Love,” T.I.’s 2009 hit “Dead and Gone” (on which he is featured), "Suit & Tie" earlier this year and Jay Z’s "Holy Grail."

Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” tumbles 5-9 in its 18th week while Wale’s “Bad” closes out the top 10 with a 9-10 slip.

A notable debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week belongs to New Orleans newcomer August Alsina and his breakout single "I Luv This Sh*t," alongside Trinidad James. The Knucklehead-produced cut opens at No. 46 thanks in part to 8.9 million listener impressions across 67 stations in the July 31-Aug. 6 tracking week. It has sold 73,000 downloads to date.

Over on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Robin Thicke scores his second No. 1 album, as “Blurred Lines” catapults 65-1 with 177,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It dethrones Jay Z’s “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” (No. 2 with 62,000, down 20%).

"Blurred" debuted on the chart prematurely last week, owed to sales generated by street-date violations (when retailers sell copies of an album before its official release date). "Blurred's" impressive sales figure marks Thicke’s best week yet surpassing 2008’s "Something Else” which opened with 137,000.

Speaking of “Something Else,” that's the title of Tech N9ne’s latest album, which nets him the biggest sales week of his career as well. The set moves 58,000 copies to open at No. 3, beating the 56,000 that his 2011 album “All 6’s & 7’s” shifted in its first week of availability. ("All 6's" is still his best showing on the list with a No. 1 debut.)

N9ne first appeared on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2001 with his third studio set "Anghellic” peaking at No. 50. He’s now posted 22 titles including 10 top 10 hits.

Rounding out the top five albums are J. Cole’s "Born Sinner” holding tight at No. 4 with 17,000 copies (a 16% decrease) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ "The Heist” reclaiming the No. 5 spot with 17,000 (a 5% drop) as well. Less than 500 units separate the two albums.