Big Sean's 'Hall of Fame' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Big Sean picks up his first No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Hall of Fame" moving 72,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Though his debut album "Finally Famous" opened with a larger sum (87,000 on the July 16, 2011 dated chart), it was blocked by Beyoncé's also-arriving "4" (310,000).
"Hall of Fame's" most recent single, "Beware," featuring Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko, concurrently reaches a new peak of No. 11 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It rises 14% in listener impressions to 17.1 million for the week, according to Nielsen BDS.
At No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Juicy J posts his first solo top 10 as "Stay Trippy" opens with 64,000 copies. Previously, his "Chronicles of the Juice Man: Underground Album" peaked at No. 17 in 2002 and "Hustle Till I Die" reached No. 21 in 2009. As a member of Three 6 Mafia, however, he took four trips to the top 10, including the No. 1-debuting "Most Known Unknown." Juicy's best performing song on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs remains his breakout "Bandz a Make Her Dance" which peaked at No. 6 last November.
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" holds tight at No. 3 on the albums list with 55,000 units, a 20% increase, while Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (8-4) reenters the top five thanks to a 147% rise to 37,000. Both Thicke and Timberlake benefitted from performances on the Aug. 25 broadcast of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA).
Closing out the top five is last week's No. 1-debuting "Three Kings" by TGT, dropping 65% to No. 5 with 27,000 copies.
Farther down the list, Atlanta's Goodie Mob returns, debuting "Age Against the Machine" at No. 9 with 12,000 units. It is the group's fourth top 10 and first chart appearance since 2004's "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" opened at No. 15.
Geographically, the South Atlantic region showed up for its area's classic group, accounting for 42% of the set's debut-week sales. Unsurprisingly, the act's hometown of Atlanta registered 15% of its first-week haul -- the most of any city.
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, continues its No. 1 run with a 13th week atop the list.
However, its streak at No. 1 could be threatened by the arrival of Eminem's "Berzerk." The Rick Rubin-produced cut debuts at No. 2, the chart's highest opening of the year, thanks to 21 million listener impressions across 208 stations, 362,000 first-week downloads and 2.7 million U.S. streams in the Aug. 28 - Sept. 4 tracking period.
Eminem's debut pushes Jay Z's "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake, down 2-3 while Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," featuring Majid Jordan, reclaims the No. 4 spot in its fourth week. The second single off of Drake's upcoming "Nothing Was the Same," due Sept. 24, was previously the chart's highest debut of the year with its No. 5 opening on Aug. 24.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, falls 3-5 as does their "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton (5-6). Robin Thicke's "Give It 2 U," featuring Kendrick Lamar, skyrockets 27-7 with Digital and Streaming gainer awards, also thanks to the song being performed on the VMAs. The song logged its biggest sales week ever with 84,000 downloads.
Justin Timberlake's "Take Back the Night" continues to creep up the chart with a 9-8 rise in its eighth week while Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal," featuring IamSu, tumbles 6-9. Macklemore and Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, rounds out the top 10 with a 7-10 dip.
Kanye West also received a boost from his VMA performance as "Blood on the Leaves" reenters the list at No. 27. Digitally, the song rose 229% to 34,000 downloads -- its best sales week yet -- causing a 47-12 jump on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. "Black Skinhead," the only radio-promoted single off of "Yeezus," falls 48-49 in its 10th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It debuted and peaked at No. 21 on July 6, the same day "Yeezus" hit.