Plus, Post Malone keeps climbing and Tamar Braxton debuts with what may be her final album.
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist starts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Oct. 21), earning 67,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music.
The set, the rapper's first proper studio album, secures his first No. 1 on the chart, after two previous charting entries: TBA, an EP that reached No. 6 last November and Artist, which peaked at No. 31 in February. In addition, The Bigger Artist opens at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart and No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
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Streaming heavily powers The Bigger Artist’s debut, with 54,000 of its 67,000-unit debut from audio on-demand streams of its songs (equaling 81.2 million streams of its tracks). The strong streaming sum prompts five of the album’s tracks to debut the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: “No Promises” (No. 32), “Say A’” (No. 33), “Undefeated,” featuring 21 Savage (No. 37), “Beast Mode” (No. 38) and “No Comparison” (No. 46).
Bigger also contains the rapper’s most successful single yet: “Drowning,” featuring Kodak Black, which peaked at No. 15 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and collected 26 weeks on the chart.
Tamar’s Last Album?: Singer Tamar Braxton scores her third top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Bluebird of Happiness debuts at No. 8 (and No. 4 on Top R&B Albums) with 24,000 equivalent album units earned. The set follows a pair of albums that also reached the region: Love and War, which spent one week at No. 1 in 2013, and Calling All Hearts, a No. 2 set in 2015.
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Bluebird contains the hit “My Man,” which climbed to No. 3 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart and No. 21 on Hot R&B Songs. In addition, the album’s track “Blind” makes its Adult R&B Songs arrival this week, kicking off at No. 29.
Notably, Bluebird may be the final studio album from Braxton, as she revealed to Entertainment Tonight. When asked “Why did you say this will be the last album?,” the singer replied, “Because it is,” before detailing her plans to focus on to her family and marriage.
“Apart,” an album cut from the artist’s 2016 LP, Stoney, encountered a surge of momentum after a Sept. 24 performance of the song was posted to Twitter, and later Facebook, with the latter clip at more than 9 million views.
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The track’s surge gives Post Malone his fourth top 10 on Hot Rap Songs after “White Iverson” (No. 3 in 2016), “Congratulations,” featuring Quavo (No. 3, 2016) and the current No. 2 hit, “rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage.
Streams continue to rocket for the track, as “Apart” claims 16 million U.S. streams for the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music -- a spike of 58 percent. The hefty gain launches the cut onto the Streaming Songs chart, debuting at No. 21.
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Blackbear’s ‘Mi’ Moves: On Rhythmic Songs, Blackbear collects his first top 10 hit, as “do re mi” pushes 11-8 on the airplay chart. The track registers a 10 percent gain in plays for the week ending Oct. 8, according to Nielsen Music.
“Do” also reaches the top 10 in its 17th week on the chart, the longest time required by any song in nearly a year, since Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” needed 19 weeks to enter the region. Among the 1,287 top 10 hits on the chart since it began in 1992, only 15 songs have taken more than 17 weeks to reach the tier.
The gains in airplay also lift the song on other charts, including Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, obtaining a new peak of No. 14, and the Billboard Hot 100, where it reaches a new high of No. 41.