52 years after debuting on the Billboard charts, Aaron Neville notches his first top 10 album, and highest charting set ever, on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. “My True Story,” released on Blue Note, opens at No. 7 on the list with 9,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Neville first appeared on a Billboard tally in 1960 when “Over You” peaked at No. 21 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (then called Hot R&B Sides). The New Orleans singer’s latest album is a covers collection of 12 doo-wop ditties he grew up singing, produced by Blue Note Records president Don Was and the Rolling Stones‘ Keith Richards.
At No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a second consecutive week is A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP.” The debut set finished with 38,000 copies, dropping 73% from its first week sales of 139,000. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” skips two spots (4-2) with 19,000 copies as does Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” (5-3) with 18,000. Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” falls 2-4 this week with a 10% decrease to 17,000 copies while Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” steps 6-5 with 16,000 to close out the top five.
Moving on to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, in only its second week, Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future, breaks into the top 10, jumping 14-6. The move marks Lil Wayne’s 34th top 10 hit, just one shy of R. Kelly’s Nielsen-era record of 35. (The chart began using sales and airplay data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, respectively, in December 1992.) With his forthcoming album “I Am Not a Human Being II” slated for a Feb. 19 release, and the continuous barrage of Lil Wayne guest appearances, expect the Young Money founder to obtain the record this year.
Above “Love Me,” the top five on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs all rearrange themselves except for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” which remains at the top for a third straight week. The infectious hit reached a new airplay high last week with a 28% increase to 74 million overall listener impressions — the biggest increase by any song, according to Nielsen BDS.
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” steps 3-2 on the list in its 18th week while A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin Problems,” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar, reaches a new peak moving 5-3. “Problems” also establishes a new airplay high reaching 47 million listener impressions, a 14% increase over his previous best 41 million set last week.
Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” featuring Nicki Minaj, stays put at No. 4 on the list as Justin Timberlake’s instant hit “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, tumbles 2-5 after a meteoric 27-2 rise last week. The fall is primarily due to a 65% decrease in digital sales to 109,000 this week.
Rounding out the top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs are Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” sliding 6-7, 2 Chainz’ DJ Mustard-produced “I’m Different” slipping 7-8, Miguel’s “Adorn” holding steady at No. 9, and Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean’s “Clique” falling 8-10. With Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” leapfrogging the bottom half of the tier, Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” was pushed out 10-11.
A notable new addition to the list is Tyga’s “Dope,” featuring Rick Ross, opening at No. 19 on the list thanks in part to 60,000 first week downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bouncy track samples Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s first chart appearance, 1992’s “Deep Cover,” and serves as the lead single to Tyga’s upcoming “Hotel California,” due March 26.