Female rappers now hold the title for the two longest-running No. 1s on Hot Rap Songs in the chart’s 25-year history. Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, now has the second-most weeks at No. 1 ever (16), behind only Missy Elliott‘s “Hot Boyz,” featuring Nas, Eve & Q-Tip, with 18 (in 1999).
“Fancy” sold 107,000 downloads in its 22nd week on the chart (a 13 percent slide according to Nielsen SoundScan), sustaining the top spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs for its 14th continuous week, tying for that chart’s longest running No. 1. Macklemore & Lewis spent 14 weeks at the top with “Thrift Shop,” as did as Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz with “Mercy” in 2012.
PARTYNEXTDOOR Makes Loud Entrance: PARTYNEXTDOOR crowns Top Hip-Hop/R&B Albums with PARTYNEXTDOOR Two, shifting 16,000. The 21-year old Canadian singer (real name Jahron Brathwaite), spent one week on the chart in 2013 when PARTYNEXTDOOR entered with 2,000 copies. This anticipated follow-up, released by Drake’s label OVO Sound, was announced just two weeks prior to its release.
Shmurda Shmoozes Up: Newcomer Bobby Shmurda makes his Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debut as “Hot Boy” enters as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 26. Digital sales of the track grew 243 percent to over 13,000 downloads, also boosting the song onto Rap Digital songs at No. 21. Streaming rises 392 percent (to 1.7 million U.S. plays), with 92 percent stemming from YouTube views. The rapper has caused a viral stir among creators on Vine with a dance move dubbed the “Shmoney Dance” (also the title of a track on his EP Shmoney Shmurda). Several Vines feature users doing the dance with “Hot Boy” as the sound bed.
Chris Brown Tallies Top 10s: Chris Brown gets his ninth top 10 on Hot R&B Songs (which launched in October 2012) as his latest single “New Flame,” featuring Usher and Rick Ross, steps 11-10 in its fifth week. A 19 percent spike in digital sales aid in the climb, with over 16,000 downloads sold in the week ending August 3. The track also rises 26-19 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, marking Brown’s 30th top 10 on the chart.
The Weeknd Arrives: The Weeknd takes the highest debut on Hot R&B Songs as “Often” opens at No. 22. The 24-year old singer simultaneously enters R&B Digital Songs at No. 11, with 18,000 downloads sold in its first week available. The arrival is his second biggest opening sales week, having debuted at No. 4 with “Live For” featuring Drake with 28,000 downloads in 2013.