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Drake Scores 11th No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart
In the same week as his chart-topping debut of "Nothing was the Same," Drake takes over at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan.
The song’s 3-1 rise ends Robin Thicke’s reign with “Blurred Lines” at 16 weeks and marks Drake’s 11th leader on the list. Since Nielsen data began powering the chart in Dec. 1992, only Usher has taken more titles to the summit, with 12.
With airplay and streaming gainer awards, “Hold On” owes its ascent primarily to its 13% rise to 12 million listener impressions and its 86% lift to 5.7 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. The impressive increase in streams is due to the song’s video being released on Sept. 25.
Below is the complete list of Drake’s No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Title, Artist Billing, Date First Reached, Number of Weeks at No. 1
“Best I Ever Had,” Drake, 6/27/09, seven weeks
“I Invented Sex,” Trey Songz feat. Drake, 12/26/09, two weeks
“Say Something,” Timbaland feat. Drake, 3/27/10, one week
“Fall For Your Type,” Jamie Foxx feat. Drake, 2/12/11, two weeks
“Moment 4 Life,” Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, 2/26/11, five weeks
“I’m On One,” DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, 7/16/11, 11 weeks
“She Will,” Lil Wayne feat. Drake, 10/15/11, four weeks
“Make Me Proud,” Drake feat. Nicki Minaj, 2/4/12, three weeks
“The Motto,” Drake feat. Lil Wayne, 2/25/12, two weeks
“No Lie,” 2 Chainz feat. Drake, 8/18/12, five weeks
“Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake feat. Majid Jordan, 10/12/13, one week (so far)
Drake’s move keeps Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” at No. 2 for yet another week, its ninth at the position out of its 13 chart weeks. It currently has the most weeks at No. 2 for a song that never hit No. 1 since 2009, when Mario's "Break Up" (featuring Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett), spent 10 weeks stuck in the runner-up slot.
Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” falls from No. 1 to No. 3, its first non-No. 1 week since the chart dated June 15.
At No. 4 on the list is Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23,” featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, which catapults up the chart 44 positions in its third week. It marks the biggest jump into the top five since Rihanna’s “Diamonds” flew 66-1 on Oct. 20, 2012 (due largely to the chart’s change in methodology that week). WiLL’s jump also makes him only the third new artist to break into the top five this year behind Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Maejor Ali.
The video release for “23” on Sept. 24 ignited the track with 7.3 million U.S. streams in the Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 tracking period, according to Nielsen BDS. Globally, the video has been watched over 27 million times on YouTube.
Eminem’s “Berzerk” falls 4-5 under Mike WiLL’s impressive jump while Drake’s “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, enters at No. 6 thanks primarily to 101,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bonus cut off of Drake’s release leads his 12 debuts on the list this week, the most debuts by an artist in a single week on the chart this year -- Jay Z posted ten titles on the July 27 list while Kanye West posted eight on June 6th, the respective dates of their albums’ debuts.
J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” holds tight at No. 7 as does Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” at No. 8. Chris Brown’s “Love More” moves 10-9 to return to its peak position and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” rounds out the top 10 with 6-10 tumble.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” flies 62-1 after debuting prematurely last week due to street date violations. The set sold 658,000 copies this week marking the second biggest opening of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (968,000 copies in March). The remarkable sales figure also marks Drake’s personal best week yet – “Take Care” opened with 631,000 in 2011, “Thank Me Later” with 447,000 in 2010 and the “So Far Gone” EP with 73,000 in 2009.
2 Chainz “B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME” stays put at No. 2 on the list with 17,000 copies (a 52% decline) while Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” skips 5-3 with 16,000 (down 15%). Last week’s chart-topping debut “MMG: Self Made 3” falls 1-4 with 69% drop to slightly fewer than 16,000 and the Weeknd’s “Kiss Land” closes out the top five with a 3-5 skid (15,000, down 41%).
Further down the list, Ray Charles’ “Ray Charles Forever” opens at No. 9 with 13,000 copies. The Concord Music Group release coincided with the U.S. Postal Service honoring Charles with a Music Icons Forever stamp on Sept. 23, which would have been his 83rd birthday. The new hits set features a previously-unreleased take on the George and Ira Gershwin classic “Can’t Take That Away from Me,” as well as a DVD of rare live performances.