R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as “Share My Love” swims to the top spot. “Share My Love” becomes Kelly’s first No. 1 on the list since the title track to his album “Love Letter” spent four weeks at No. 1 a little more than a year ago.
The new single is the first release from Kelly’s forthcoming album “Write Me Back,” a sequel to “Love Letter.” “Share My Love” marks his sixth No. 1 on Adult R&B, tying him with the late Luther Vandross and veteran Brian McKnight for the most leaders among men in the chart’s 18-year history. Alicia Keys leads all acts with nine toppers.
USHER, CA$HOUT CASH IN: On the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Usher remains at No. 1 for a third consecutive week with “Climax,” which also becomes his seventh top 10 on Adult R&B, where it rises 13-10. Now that the song has gone as far as it can on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (with 34 million audience impressions, down less than 1%, according to Nielsen BDS), the crooner debuts another track from his forthcoming album, “Looking 4 Myself,” slated for June 12 release. “Lemme See,” featuring Rick Ross, debuts at No. 62. (New pop-geared single “Scream,” meanwhile, enters Pop Songs at No. 32 and the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 70.)
Rihanna hangs tight at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Birthday Cake,” featuring Chris Brown, while LoveRance‘s “UP!,” the song that’s risen from relative chart ashes (it’s in its 34th week), holds at No. 3.
Up 8-4, Young Jeezy‘s Ne-Yo-assisted “Leave You Alone” nabs the chart’s Greatest Gainer/Airplay honor with a 10% increase to 23 audience impressions. Fat Joe rounds out the top five, as “Another Round,” featuring Brown, remains at No. 5.
Also notable on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ca$h Out collects his first top 10 on his first try, as “Cashin Out” lifts 11-10. The track concurrently climbs 10-8 on Rap Songs and 23-21 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (24,000 downloads sold, up 18%, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the track’s best sales week to date).
PROZAK, BEYONCE DEBUT: On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Nicki Minaj‘s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” spends a fourth week a No. 1 with 32,000 copies sold, down 32%. The set has sold 415,000 since its release.
The chart’s highest debuts, meanwhile, arrive outside the top 10.
Rapper Prozak debuts his third studio set, “Paranormal,” at No. 13 (5,000), besting the peak of his earlier charting set, 2008’s “Tales From the Sick” (No. 52). The Strange Music artist has released several other non-charting albums as part of the acts Bedlam and Project: Deadman.
On the R&B side of the fence, Beyoncé¹s latest album “4” served as the muse for her latest EP, “4: The Remix,” which debuts at No. 30 (2,000). The digital-exclusive effort also features the winner of a remix contest launched with SoundCloud to promote the single “End of Time.” Polish producer JIMEK won the competition, along with a $4,000 prize and a congratulatory Skype meeting with Beyoncé. JIMEK’s redux of the song sold 2,000 downloads last week, nearly twice the sum of any of the other remixes on the album.