Chart Juice: Tyga Makes Top Five Return to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Justin Timberlake continues at No. 1 as Tyga's "Hotel California" bows with 54,000 copies sold.
Another challenger for No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, another victory for Justin Timberlake. Though Tyga’s latest offering, “Hotel California,” opens with 54,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), it wasn’t enough to bar “The 20/20 Experience” from posting a fourth week atop the list (98,000 copies, down 30%). Tyga's Young Money/Cash Money effort settles for a No. 2 debut. Timberlake’s comeback album has now thwarted otherwise-No. 1 debuts from Tyga as well as Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator.
Nonetheless, the Young Money West Coast representative now boasts two top five albums on the chart, following his major label debut, “Careless World: Rise of the Last King,” which did open at No. 1 with 61,000 copies in 2012. His independent debut set “No Introduction” entered and peaked at No. 25 with just over 1,000 first-week copies in 2008.
Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” retains the No. 3 position with 42,000 copies (down 38%) as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” is steady at No. 4 with 26,000 (down 2%). Rounding out the top five is last week’s Hot Shot Debut, Tyler, the Creator’s “Wolf,” falling 2-5 with 79% decline to 18,000 copies.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue their dominance on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, picking up a 14th week at No. 1 -- just one week shy of Mary J. Blige’s Nielsen-era record of 15 weeks with “Be Without You” in 2006. The only way “Thrift Shop” doesn’t break the record is if their follow-up single, “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, overtakes No. 1 in the next two weeks. The song moves 3-2 this week with Digital Gainer (up 12% to 208,000 downloads) and Airplay Gainer (up 32% to 5.8 million listener impressions) honors.
Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, slips 2-3 in its 14th week while Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” and Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future, retain the Nos. 4 and 5 positions, respectively. J. Cole’s “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel, jumps 10-6 with Streaming Gainer honors for garnering 7.9 million streams (a 50% increase, according to Nielsen BDS) last week.
Wale’s “Bad,” featuring Tiara Thomas, steps 8-7 as A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin Problems,” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, tumbles 6-8. Rihanna’s “Pour it Up” also falls two positions (7-9) while Ace Hood’s “Bugatti,” featuring Future and Rick Ross, slides 9-10 to close out the top 10.
New to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week is Ray J’s “I Hit It First,” featuring Bobby Brackins, debuting at No. 11. The provocative track, which seemingly references Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, sold 41,000 downloads and was streamed 6.9 million times helping to spur Ray J’s best debut and highest chart position since "Sexy Can I," alongside Yung Berg, peaked at No. 4 in 2008.