Chart Juice: Mindless Behavior Scores First No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
The young men of Mindless Behavior -- Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray and Roc Royal -- score their first No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with their sophomore offering "All Around the World." Selling 37,000 copies in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan), the No. 1-opening beats the Los Angeles boy band's 2011 debut "#1 Girl" which opened at No. 2 with 36,000 copies. "#1 Girl" went on to spend 55 weeks on the chart and has sold 296,000 copies to date.
Coinciding with the album's debut, the group's latest single "Keep Her on the Low" debuts at No. 47 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The debut marks the group's fifth chart appearance and highest chart position since "Mrs. Right" peaked at No. 8 in 2011. On YouTube, the video for "Keep Her on the Low" has been viewed over two million times since its premier last month. The video for the album's title track, "All Around the World," has garnered a million and a half views in just over two weeks.
Back on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" reclaims the No. 2 position with 28,000 copies (down 5%) while last week's leader, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist," falls to No. 3 with 23,000 (a 23% decrease). Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" (15,000 copies, down 11%) is displaced 3-4 by Mindless Behavior's debut and Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" rounds out the top five with a 6-5 step in its 17th week (13,000, up 12%).
Just missing the top five this week is Bay Area poet/rapper Watsky, whose "Cardboard Castles" debuts at No. 6 with 11,000 copies. His self-titled debut album opened and peaked at No. 62 in 2011 with just over 1,000 copies. YouTube star Watsky was featured on season six of HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" and has won the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam as well as the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam competitions.
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the top 10 remains completely stationary except for a new entry to the region at No. 9 -- Wale's "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas. The song's 13-9 move marks the D.C. rapper's fifth top tier title as well as his best showing since "Bag of Money," featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill and T-Pain, peaked at No. 2 last year. On Wednesday, March 20, Wale released a trailer announcing that his third album will be titled The Gifted and will hit retail on June 25.
Recapping the rest of the list, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, picks up a 10th week at No. 1, just one week shy of DJ Khaled's record run of 11 weeks with "I'm On One," featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, holds tight at No. 2 with the week's Airplay, Digital, and Streaming Gainer awards (in other words, it was the week's greatest gainer across all three metrics the chart is based on).
Drake's "Started from the Bottom," Lil Wayne's "Love Me, featuring Drake and Future, and A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin Problems," featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, all stay put at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively; as do Rihanna's "Pour It Up," Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," featuring Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice," featuring Drake, at Nos. 6, 7, and 8.
Wale's "Bad" enters at No. 9 as explained above and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, closes out the top 10 for a second week in a row.