Hip-Hop

Nicki Minaj Earns 56th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With 'Only'

Nicki Minaj at iHeartRadio 2014
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Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Also: Danity Kane collects third top 10 album, Jagged Edge returns, and Kem's 'Nobody' rises.

Nicki Minaj lands her 56th entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Only" featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, debuts at No. 16. The Hot Shot Debut extends Lil Wayne's record for most top 20s on the chart (56), while breaking Drake out of a three-way tie for second-most top 20s (with Jay Z and R. Kelly), to 47. Minaj enters R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs at No. 1, moving 76,000 downloads in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan), her fifth No. 1 on the list. "Only" was streamed 513,000 times during the tracking week, with U.S. Spotify plays totaling 113,000. The track is the latest cut from Minaj's upcoming set The Pinkprint, due December 15.

Jagged Edge Cuts In: R&B group Jagged Edge is the Hot Shot Debut on Top R&B Albums, claiming the No. 1 spot with 12,000 copies sold of their latest set JE Heartbreak II in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first appearance on the chart for the veteran foursome, since the chart's inception in January 2013. On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the set enters at No. 3, the group's highest debut since 2007 when Baby Makin' Project came in at No. 2 (26,000 copies). The new album's single, "Hope," dips 3 percent in spins at Adult R&B (to 302 plays at the format, according to Nielsen BDS), spending a second week at No. 19.
 
Danity Kane Debut Despite Disbandment: The now-defunct girl group Danity Kane arrives in the top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with its new DK3 (No. 7), but based on the act's recent troubles, it could have just as easily been titled Drama.
 
Claims of physical assault are outlined in an open letter by members Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex on the group's website as the reason for the split. (TMZ initially reported that O'Day was punched by Danity Kane's Dawn Richard.) Danity Kane formed as a quintet in 2005 on MTV's Making the Band, reunited as a quartet in 2013, and slimmed down to a trio earlier this year.

The new album is the act's third entry on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and follows its self-titled debut (No. 2 in 2006) and follow-up Welcome to the Dollhouse (No. 1 in 2008). Both albums opened atop the Billboard 200; the act remains the only all-female group to debut at No. 1 with its first two albums. (Until Dec. 5, 2009, the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart was based on sales at a core panel of R&B retailers, versus the overall marketplace as reflected on the Billboard 200. That difference often led to albums being ranked differently when comparing the two charts, hence why Danity Kane's first album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 but No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.)
 
DJ Khaled Claims New No. 1s: DJ Khaled climbs to No. 1 on both R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with "Hold You Down" featuring Chris Brown, August Alsina and Jeremih. The star-filled track climbs 2-1 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (up 11 percent to 4,499 spins) while hopping 3-1 on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (up 9 percent, to 27.6 million audience impressions). This is the second No. 1 on both charts for the producer, following his 2011 hit "I'm On One" featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. The previous chart-topper spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. "Hold You Down" hops 13-11 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, reaching a new peak in its 12th week.

Kem Climbs: On Adult R&B, singer Kem steps 11-10 to score his tenth top 10 with new single "Nobody." The song saw a 20 percent hike during the tracking week (ending Nov. 2), to 893 spins. Kem reached the No. 1 spot on the chart with "It's You" in September (his fourth leader), spending four consecutive weeks at the top.
 
Trip Lee Tops Rap Debuts: On Rap Albums, Trip Lee notches the Hot Shot Debut as Rise enters at No.2 with 23,000 first week units. The rapper scores his highest chart appearance, following his 2012 set The Good Life, which arrived with 22,000 copies. On Gospel Digital Songs, Lee logs three debuts this week, led by "Insomniac" featuring Andy Mineo, opening with at No. 2 with 2,000 digital downloads.