Future Makes 'Honest' Debut at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Selling 53,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Future's "Honest" opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums, beating out Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" by just under 1,000 units in the week ending April 27. Azalea's debut opened with 52,000 -- marking the tightest margin between Nos. 1 and 2 debuts since the chart methodology changed from tracking core R&B/hip-hop stores to all retailers in 2009.
Both albums have been long awaited with initial release dates set for fall 2013. "Honest" was originally slated for a Nov. 26 release, under the title "Future Hendrix," and its Lil Wayne-assisted lead single "Karate Chop (Remix)" peaked at No. 27 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on the chart dated April 20, 2013. Coinciding with its title change, second single "Honest" reached No. 18 peak on Nov. 2, followed by "Real and True," featuring Miley Cyrus and Mr. Hudson (No. 32, Nov. 30), which ultimately was not included on the album. "Move That Doh," featuring Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino, has been the biggest hit of "Honest," moving 14-13 for a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"The New Classic" was first set for a September 2013 release but was postponed due to Azalea's busy schedule, which included opening for Beyonce on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The album's lead single "Work" debuted and peaked at No. 35 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on the chart dated Sept. 14 while second single "Change Your Life," featuring T.I., failed to make the list until now -- it debuts at No. 47. "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, pushed Azalea to new heights, as evidenced by the 6-4 jump on the chart dated April 10.
Back on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Pharrell's "G I R L" (21,000, down 36 percent) is pushed 2-3 by the new debuts while last week's No. 1 debut, August Alsina's "Testimony," tumbles to No. 4 with a 71 percent decline to 20,000. John Legend's "Love in the Future" (13,000, down 37 percent) falls 3-5 in its 34th week to close out the top five.
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Pharrell's "Happy" leads for a 12th week while John Legend's "All of Me" and Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, stay put at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. "Fancy" moves 6-4 as mentioned above, forcing Chris Brown's "Loyal," featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga (4-5), and Aloe Blacc's "The Man" (5-6) down one position each. Trey Songz' "Na Na" returns to its peak position with an 8-7 step while Kid Ink's "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, falls 7-8 in its 28th week. Beyonce's "Partition" (10-9) and Eminem's "The Monster" (9-10) trade places to close out the top 10.
Outside of the top 10, Pharrell's "Marilyn Monroe" opens at No. 29 with Hot Shot Debut honors. The impressive entry is due primarily to the premiere of its music video on April 23 which caused an 804 percent spike to 1.9 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. Jason Derulo's "Wiggle," featuring Snoop Dogg, also enters the chart at No. 48.