Chart Juice: Kanye West's Perfect Seven Record of No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
West continues his No. 1 streak, topping Alicia Keys as the act with the most complete catalog No. 1s.
For the first time in over a year, four albums debut in the top five of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, led by Kanye West’s “Yeezus” with 327,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last time four albums entered together in the top five was June 23, 2012, when Big K.R.I.T.’s “Live from the Underground,” Curren$y’s “The Stoned Immaculate,” Emily Sande’s “Our Version of Events” and Eric Benet’s “The One” opened at Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5, respectively.
For Kanye, the No. 1 opening extends his streak of chart-topping albums to seven -- his entire output of releases. He and Alicia Keys – who has seen all six of her releases hit No. 1 – are the only acts with five or more albums that all hit No. 1. Additionally, thanks in part to an iTunes promotion, all five of West’s previous solo albums re-enter R&B/Hip–Hop Catalog Albums (viewable on billboard.biz) to join his “Watch The Throne” collaborative album with Jay-Z. The last time an artist posted six or more titles on that chart simultaneously was May 19, 2012, when seven Beastie Boys albums made the cut following the death of the group's Adam Yauch (A.K.A. MCA).
J. Cole put up a good fight with his sophomore set, “Born Sinner,” opening at No. 2 with 297,000 copies. For comparison’s sake, his debut, “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” entered atop the chart in 2011 with 217,000, albeit with no formidable competition. Adding to his stellar week, Cole scores his first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay as “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel, steps 2-1. Out of his 11 appearances on the chart, the Roc Nation rapper has taken five titles to the top 10 with last year’s “Nobody’s Perfect,” featuring Missy Elliott, being his previous best (No. 3 peak). The second single off of “Born Sinner,” titled “Crooked Smile,” featuring TLC, also debuts on the chart at No. 39 this week and breaks into the top half of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (40-25), thanks in part to 36,000 downloads.
Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” takes the No. 3 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 102,000 copies. His full-length debut, “Blue Slide Park,” opened at No. 1 on the chart in 2011 with 144,000, also with very little competition. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, lead-up singles “S.D.S.” and “Goosebumpz” marked Miller’s first two chart appearances, though they each fell off after a week, followed by “Watching Movies” opening at No. 33 this week.
Meanwhile, Kelly Rowland’s No. 4 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Talk a Good Game” marks her fourth top five album behind 2002’s “Simply Deep” (No. 3 opening), 2007’s “Ms. Kelly” (No. 2) and 2011’s No. 1-bowing “Here I Am.” On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, the set’s lead single “Kisses Down Low” peaked at No. 11 on May 4 while follow-up “Dirty Laundry” currently sits at its peak of No. 31. “Talk a Good Game” also arrives at No. 1 on the R&B Albums tally, displacing Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” which also closes out the top five of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 32,000, an 8% drop.
Things are a lot quieter on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs where the top seven tracks remain static. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” posts a third week at No. 1 followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” at No. 2 and Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful” at No. 3. Despite Carey’s June 24 announcement that her forthcoming album “The Art of Letting Go” is postponed indefinitely, the remix of “#Beautiful” featuring a new verse by A$AP Rocky was released Wednesday, June 26, and could propel the record closer to the top.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” holds on at No. 4 on the list as does J. Cole’s “Power Trip” at No. 5, Wale’s “Bad” at No. 6 and Macklemore & Lewis’ “Same Love” at No. 7. Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” steps 9-8 in its 12th week while DJ Khaled enters the top 10 with “No New Friends,” featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, jumping 15-9 in its ninth week. This is the Khaled’s fifth trip to the top tier. He achieved major success with this exact same lineup in 2011 when his “I’m On One” racked up 13 weeks atop the list.