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Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

Dustin Aksland
Common photographed by Dustin Aksland on July 18, 2014 at the Skylark in New York.

Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!'

Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening grants the rapper his third chart-topping debut on the list, following his 2007 set Finding Forever, which opened with 37,000 units, and 2005 album Be (50,000). The latest set marks Common's 10th studio album and is thematically centered on his hometown of Chicago, according to the artist. Featured artists on the set include Jhene Aiko, Vince, Staples and Big Sean, among others. 

Rae Sremmurd Flexes: On Hot Rap Songs, Rae Sremmurd makes its first appearance in the top 20 as "No Flex Zone!!" jumps 22-19. The song climbs to 11,000 digital downloads (a 15 percent hike), its best sales week yet, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rap duo from Mississippi, consisting of brothers Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee, also skip 17-15 on Rap Airplay with a 24 percent increase (to 12.9 million audience impressions).  The track has taken on a viral nature, with remixes surfacing from hip-hop heavyweights including Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, and Kid Ink. The newcomers recently signed with Mike WiLL Made-It's Interscope imprint EarDruma Records.

Migos Puts Up a Fight: Hip-Hop trio Migos rises 13-10 on Rap Airplay with "Fight Night," collecting its second top 10 -- following previous single "Versace," which peaked at No. 8 in September 2013. The new track rises to 15.1 million audience impressions (a 10 percent ascent), according to Nielsen BDS in the week ending July 27. Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the track concurrently spends a second consecutive week at No. 27, its present peak. Streaming of the song climbs 7 percent (to 1.1 million clicks), according to Nielsen SoundScan, with YouTube views increasing 5 percent, to 619,000 domestic views.

Drake Catches Up: On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake jumps 33-19 with "0 to 100/The Catch Up," awarding him his 45th top 20 on the chart. The climb ties Drake with R. Kelly for third-most top 20 songs on the list during the Nielsen SoundScan era (December 1991 to present), behind Jay Z (46) and Lil Wayne (45). The track, which concurrently climbs into the top 10 on Hot Rap Songs (19-10), takes Digital Gainer honors on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, selling 62,000 downloads (a 60 percent hike). 

'Studio' ClimbsScHoolboy Q's latest single "Studio," featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, rises 13-10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, marking the rapper's third top 10.  The song was streamed over 2 million times in the U.S. over the tracking week (a 6 percent rise), with Vevo on YouTube views accounting for 52 percent of its overall clicks.  The music video (released April 22) has amassed over 10.2 million worldwide views to date. "Studio" steps 16-15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, selling nearly 26,000 downloads to raise its overall sales sum to 280,000. 

Songz's Second Top 10: On Adult R&B, Trey Songz's "What's Best for You" steps 11-10, securing the singer's second top 10 on the chart. Songz last reached the top 10 in 2011, when "Can't Be Friends" spent two weeks at No. 1. "What's Best" climbs 14 percent at the format, to 918 spins. WKSA, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, championed the track with 35 spins, leading in weekly plays.