Chart Juice: Wale & India.Arie Debut in Top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Kate Glicksberg
Wale photographed in New York City

On the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, Kendrick Lamar nets new top 10 single

Wale posts his second chart-topper on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as “The Gifted” opens at No. 1 with 158,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His sophomore album, “Ambition,” entered the chart at No. 1 in 2011 with 164,000 after his debut, “Attention Deficit,” opened and peaked at No. 3 in 2009. (It sold 28,000 in its first week.)

The lead single off of the new set, “Bad” (featuring Tiara Thomas), propelled the debut with an eight-week run atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.

Though J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” was unable to beat Kanye West’s “Yeezus” for the No. 1 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums last week, it does outsell the Chicagoan’s latest opus in its second week to hold onto the No. 2 position. “Born Sinner” sold 84,000 copies (a 72% decline) while “Yeezus” shifted 65,000 (an 80% drop) to land at No. 3. West could overtake Cole in the next few weeks if his planned single “Black Skinhead” leads to album purchases. However, the latter’s “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel, is in its second week atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart while follow-up single “Crooked Smile,” featuring TLC, is already working its way up the chart.

India.Arie’s latest release, “SongVersation,” enters R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 4 this week with 31,000, marking her fifth top 10 title. Her last chart appearance was over four years ago when “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the list in 2009. “Cocoa Butter,” the lead single off of “SongVersation,” peaked at No. 20 on the Adult R&B airplay chart.

Closing out the top five on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is Kelly Rowland’s “Talk A Good Game,” which slides 4-5 in its second week with 25,000 copies, a 64% drop. Last week’s No. 3 debut, Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies with the Sound Off,” drops to No. 7 this week with a 78% decline to 23,000.

Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” feat. T.I. and Pharrell, picks up a fourth week atop the chart while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hold down the Nos. 2 and 3 positions with “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, and “Same Love,” featuring Mary Lambert. The former is a non-mover, while the latter jumps 7-3 to its new peak. For the first time since it debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs in August of last year, “Same Love” broke 100,000 downloads this week (110,000 to be exact).

Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, slips 3-4 in its eighth week while J. Cole’s “Power Trip,” also featuring Miguel, holds tight at No. 5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, tumbles 4-6 as Wale’s “Bad” dips 6-7 and Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” featuring Future and Rick Ross, reclaims the No. 8 spot.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” breaks into the top 10 for the first time with a 12-9 jump in its 36th week. This is Lamar’s fourth top 10 hit on the list behind “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (No. 3 peak), “Poetic Justice,” featuring Drake (No. 8) and A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin Problems,” on which he is featured alongside Drake and 2 Chainz (No. 2). Ciara’s “Body Party” closes the top 10, reclaiming its last spot.