R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith
Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first holiday effort to reach the summit since Kenny G's "Miracles - The Holiday Album" spent three weeks at the top beginning in the Dec. 24, 1994, issue. Coincidentally, Carey's previous holiday release, "Merry Christmas," peaked at No. 4 in the Dec. 31, 1994, issue, the second week of Kenny G's reign.
With Mariah's debut, Lil Wayne's "I Am Not A Human Being" slips 2-1 despite posting a 5% increase. Eminem's "Recovery" (2-3) and Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" (3-4) also step down one position each.
At No. 5, hip-hop rock group N*E*R*D debuts with "Nothing" selling 20,000 copies. The set is the group's third top five title on the list following 2004's "Fly Or Die" which peaked at No. 4 and 2008's "Seeing Sounds" with a No. 5 peak. Their debut caused a landslide below it with Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" (5-6), Drake's "Thank Me Later" (6-7), and Fantasia's "Back To Me" (7-8) all falling one position.
Waka Flocka Flame's "Flockaveli" takes the biggest tumble of the week, dropping 4-9 with a 9% decline in sales, and Kem's "Intimacy: Album III" falls 9-10, despite a 10% increase, to round out top 10.
New additions to R&B/Hip-Hop Albums include Huey Lewis & the News' "Soulsville," featuring remakes of Stax Records classics, at No. 18 with 4,000 copies, Smokey Robinson's "Now and Then" at No. 19 (4,000), and the "For Colored Girls" soundtrack at No. 20 (3,000).
Over on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Trey Songz's "Can't Be Friends" picks up its second week at the top with Chris Brown's "Deuces," featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, staying put at No. 2. Both Waka Flocka's "No Hands," featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale (4-3), and Lil Wayne's "Right Above It," featuring Drake (5-4), reach new peaks as they climb one position each.
Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele, jumps 7-5 with a 15% increase in radio audience, according to Nielsen BDS. The lift ties Ross' best chart position achieved with "The Boss," featuring T-Pain, in the May 10, 2008, issue.
Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up," featuring Nicki Minaj, falls 3-6 with a 13% erosion in audience while Miguel's "All I Want Is You," featuring J. Cole, steps up 8-7 along with Monica's "Love All Over Me" moving 9-8.
Willow Smith breaks into the top 10 for the first time as "Whip My Hair" jumps 11-9 with an 11% spike. The 10-year old singer is only the third new artist to reach such heights this year following Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How To Dougie" back in July and Miguel's "All I Want Is You" last month.
Closing out the top 10 is Jazmine Sullivan's "Holding You Down" which drops 6-10 with a 16% decline.
New entries on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs include Jamie Foxx's "Fall For Your Type" at No. 61, Ciara's "Gimme Dat" at No. 70, Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" at No. 76 and Houston's own Z-Ro with "These Days" at No. 78.