Keyshia Cole Collects Third No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Also making chart waves: Tinashe, Traci Braxton, NehruvianDOOM & Chris Brown.
Keyshia Cole returns to a familiar spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as the singer collects her third No. 1 set with the arrival of Point of No Return. The effort -- her sixth in total, and all reached the top five -- sold 25,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That's her lowest debut sales frame ever, possibly owed to how none of the album's singles have dented a Billboard tally yet. Cole last claimed a charting single with the 2013 release "I Choose You." Lifted from her 2012 album Woman to Woman, the song hit No. 18 on Adult R&B airplay on Nov. 2, 2013.
Tinashe Steps In: Two steps below Cole is rising star Tinashe, who arrives with her debut album, Aquarius (19,000 sold). The set's smash single, "2 On," peaked at No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on Aug. 2, and has sold 603,000 downloads (making it the third-biggest selling R&B digital song by a woman this year, after two cuts by Beyonce).
Sisterhood: Traci Braxton becomes the third Braxton family sibling to notch a solo chart hit, following her sisters Toni and Tamar. Traci's debut album, Crash & Burn, arrives at No. 18 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 11 on R&B Albums (4,000 sold). As part of the vocal group the Braxtons, Traci logged a No. 79-peaking hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs back in 1990 with “The Good Life.”
DOOMSDAY: NehruvianDOOM, the collaborative album from Bishop Nehru and MF DOOM, jumps in at No. 4 on Rap Albums, selling 6,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, released on Noizy Crickett!!/Lex Records, grants Nehru his first charted album, although he reached the now-defunct Uncharted spotlight in February, peaking at No. 24. (The list tallied the most popular developing acts that had yet to break through to the charts.) MF DOOM has charted numerous albums on various Billboard charts, including sets credited to alternative stage names like Viktor Vaughn, Madvillain (his collaboration album with Madlib) and DANGERDOOM (Danger Mouse with MF DOOM).
'Flame' Burns Path to No. 1: As it holds at its No. 2 peak on Hot R&B Songs, and its No. 6 highpoint on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Chris Brown's "New Flame" (featuring Usher and Rick Ross) burns a path to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. While it's Brown's fifth No. 1 and Ross' second, Usher makes his 14th trip to the top, tying Drake for the most No. 1s since chart's 1992 launch. Lil Wayne ranks third with 10 leading titles.