R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo
Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now topped the chart dating back to his debut set "The College Dropout," which spent three weeks at No. 1 in 2004.
Nicki Minaj comes in at No. 2 with her highly-anticipated "Pink Friday," moving 375,000 copies in its first week. The opening marks the second best sales week for a female hip-hop act in the SoundScan era, behind Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" which moved 423,000 on the chart dated Sept. 12, 1998. Minaj is the first female rapper to reach the top two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums since Missy Elliott bowed at No. 2 with "The Cookbook" on July 23, 2005.
Rihanna's "Loud" falls 1-3 with a 32% decline in sales to 141,000 while Ne-Yo's "Libra Scale" debuts at No. 4 with 112,000 copies. All three of the crooner's previous albums opened at No. 1 with his 1996 debut set "In My Own Words" marking his best sales week (301,000).
Eminem's "Recovery" holds steady at No. 5 with a 40% increase to 48,000 copies and Lloyd Banks debuts at No. 6 with his latest effort "H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2)," moving 44,000. Banks' entry ends his No. 1 run at two, as his prior two releases made it to the summit.
Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas II You" slips 4-7 despite an 18% increase to 42,000 copies and Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" slides 6-8 with a 31% increase to 37,000. Both releases most likely benefited from the Black Friday shopping traffic following Thanksgiving.
Closing out the top 10 are Nelly's "5.0" (2-9), down 51% to 31,000 in its second week, and Kid Cudi's "Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" (3-10) dropping 16% to 30,000 copies.
Just outside of the top 10, Jay-Z's first greatest hits set "Hits Collection: Volume One" opens at No. 11 with 28,000. At No. 15, Curren$y's "Pilot Talk II" comes in with 14,000 copies, marking his best sales week yet - "Pilot Talk" opened at No. 9 on the July 31, 2010, list but with 11,000.
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Trey Songz picks up a fifth consecutive chart-topping week with "Can't Be Friends" while Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands," featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, skips 4-2. The track marks Waka's first No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio chart as it steps 2-1 this week.
Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele, holds steady at No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs while Chris Brown's "Deuces," featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, drops 2-4 in its 22nd week on the chart.
Willow Smith retains the No. 5 position with "Whip My Hair," Nicki Minaj's "Right Thru Me" rises 8-6 and Lil Wayne's "Right Above It," featuring Drake, slides 6-7.
Drake also lends vocal assistance on Rihanna's "What's My Name?," which jumps 10-8 with a 18% lift to 2.2 million in audience. Rounding out the top 10 are Lloyd's "Lay It Down" which holds at No. 9 and Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up," featuring Nicki Minaj, which falls 7-10 in it 13th top 10 week.
New additions to the list include R. Kelly's "Love Letter" (No. 74), David Banner and 9th Wonders' "Be With You," featuring Ludacris and Marsha Ambrosius, (No. 78) and Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake, (No. 91).