Kid Ink's 'Own Lane' to the Top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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Kid Ink backstage at the Wild Jam in San Jose, CA, December 15, 2013

The rapper scores his highest peak yet with "My Own Lane"

Kid Ink scores his highest position yet on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as “My Own Lane” opens at No. 2 with 50,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the Los Angeles rapper’s third appearance on the list after his independent debut “Up & Away” (No. 3 debut on June 30, 2012) and his RCA EP “Almost Home” (No. 5, June 15, 2013). “My Own Lane” also bows atop Rap Albums, marking his first chart-topper on any Billboard tally.

The Chris Brown-assisted “Show Me” is the breakout track from Ink’s new set -- and a major factor in the album’s strong opening week -- as it moves into the top five on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (8-4). On the Rhythmic airplay chart, the track rises 3-2, surpassing 4,400 plays on the 65-station panel (up 14%, according to Nielsen BDS). KBOS Fresno, Calif., has been the song’s biggest supporter at the format with over 1,000 spins on the station since its first play on Sept. 18, 2013.

Digitally, “Show Me” is Kid Ink’s biggest seller of his career so far, with 462,000 downloads since its Sept. 17 release. That sales total blows past the sums for his two prior charting tracks on Rhythmic: “Bad Ass”, featuring Meek Mill and Wale (2013), and “Time of Your Life” (2012), which have sold 183,000 and 152,000, respectively.

Still at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is Beyonce’s self-titled album selling 79,000 copies (a 40% drop) in its fifth week of availability. The set has now sold 1,511,000 since its Dec. 13 release.

The rest of the top five is displaced one position by Kid Ink’s debut. Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” slips 2-3 (36,000, down 35%), R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” drops 3-4 (17,000, down 44%) and Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” moves 4-5 (17,000, down 28%) to close out the region.

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Eminem’s “The Monster” reigns for an 11th week while Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” stay put at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Kid Ink’s aforementioned “Show Me” (8-4) reaches the new peak of No. 4 by leapfrogging Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Walls” (5-5), Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23” (6-6) and YG’s “My Hitta” (7-7).

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Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” tumbles 4-8 in its 42nd week while Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” jumps 15-9 to mark the singer’s first top 10 on the chart. The 2 Chainz-assisted track also debuts at No. 26 on the Rhythmic airplay chart this week – matching his best opening set by “Don’t Wanna Go Home” in 2011 -- thanks to an 80% lift to nearly 900 spins.

Chris Brown’s “Love More” re-enters the top 10 with an 11-10 move in its 25th week. And though barely missing Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, his follow-up single “Loyal” debuts at No. 25 on Hot R&B Songs. Produced by newcomer Nic Nac Beats, two versions of “Loyal” were released simultaneously -- a west coast version featuring Lil Wayne and Too $hort and an east coast version featuring Wayne and French Montana. The latter of the two is the bigger hit digitally as it is responsible for 66% of the 24,000 downloads it’s sold so far. This week, it sold 8,000 (a 57% increase) for a No. 25 debut on R&B Digital Songs as well.