DJ Khaled and TLC Rule on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Clay Patrick McBride

DJ Khaled

Miami radio jock-turned-artist DJ Khaled scores his eighth consecutive top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as “Suffering From Success” opens at No. 2 with 27,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The second-place debut makes Khaled only the fifth artist in the Nielsen era (Dec. 1992-present) to hit the top 10 with eight consecutive chart appearances. Jay Z posted 11 top 10s in a row between 1996 and 2004 while Mary J. Blige (2003-present), Scarface (1993-2003) and Cam’Ron (1998-2009) all managed eight straight.
Khaled first appeared on the list in 2006 with “Listennn: The Album” moving 44,000 first-week units and opening at No. 3. Sophomore set “We The Best” moved a career-high 79,000 copies in 2007 and opened at No. 2. His last chart appearance, 2012’s “Kiss the Ring,” opened with 41,000 copies for a No. 3 debut based off the success of lead single “Take It To the Head” (featuring Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne) which peaked at No. 6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Drake’s “Nothing was the Same” picks up a fourth week at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 44,000 copies (a 24% drop) while Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” is displaced 2-3 with 26,000 (down 28%) by Khaled’s debut.
Coming in at No. 4 is TLC’s “20” with an 18-4 leap, thanks to a 280% rise to 20,000 copies. The 14-position jump is due to VH1’s Oct. 21st broadcast of its biopic about the act, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” The group now has five top 10s on the list dating back to its No. 3-peaking debut “Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.” This is also its first trip to the region since its last studio album “3D” peaked at No. 4 in 2002.
Pusha T closes out the top five with “My Name is My Name” selling 10,000 (a 48% decline) in its third week on the list.
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, holds onto the No. 1 spot for a fifth consecutive week as it continues to grow on radio. In the Oct. 23-29 tracking period, the crossover hit rose 4% to 131.5 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake (3-2), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell (4-3) and Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23,” featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J (5-4) each step up one position while YG’s “My Hitta,” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan (7-5) skips two as Eminem’s “Rap God” drops 2-6. The digital sales responsible for its No. 2 debut last week were cut by 61% to 106,000 downloads in its second week.
Chris Brown’s “Love More,” featuring Nicki Minaj, returns to its peak position with an 8-7 step as Eminem’s lead single “Berzerk” falls 6-8 in its ninth week. J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile,” featuring TLC, steps 10-9 in its 20th week on the list while Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal,” featuring IamSu, reenters the top 10 with an 11-10 slide.
The chart’s Hot Shot Debut this week consists of Young Money’s west coast rapper Tyga teaming up with Justin Bieber on “Wait for a Minute,” the lead single off the former’s upcoming “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” due early next year. The smooth cut -- which is more R&B than rap, with Tyga providing a single verse -- opens at No. 24 on the list due primarily to the 68,000 first-week downloads it garnered. The debut marks the rapper’s ninth chart appearance in 2013 and the second best debut of his career -- “Dope,” the Rick Ross-assisted lead single off of his last release “Hotel California,” debuted and peaked at No. 19 in February.