On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, Ace Hood posts his best debut yet as “Trials and Tribulations” opens at No. 2 with 34,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan).
It stands behind Jay Z’s second chart-topping week with “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (down 76% to 129,000).
Ace Hood’s last release, 2011’s “Blood, Sweat + Tears” was his previous best entrance at No. 3 with 26,000 copies. The current set’s impressive opening is mainly attributed to the success of lead single “Bugatti,” featuring Future & Rick Ross. The Mike WiLL Made It-produced cut spent five weeks in the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (No. 9 peak) and is on the verge of crossing a million downloads, with 934,000 sold to date.
J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” holds tight at No. 3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 27,000 (a 32% drop) bringing his release-to-date total to 505,000 copies (in just five weeks). For comparison’s sake, his debut “Cole World: The Sideline Story” has sold 695,000 copies since its September 27, 2011 release date. On the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, the new album’s “Power Trip” steps 2-1 for a fourth week at the top.
Rounding out the top five Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums are Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” jumping 7-4 with a 33% lift to 24,000 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” rises 6-5 with 20,000 (a 13% drop).
Meanwhile, Ronald Isley scores his first top 10 album as a solo artist with “This Song is for You” opening at No. 9 with 10,000 copies. This is only the veteran crooner’s third chart appearance as a solo act.
As a member of the Isley Brothers, he posted 19 top 10 titles including nine chart-toppers. The lead single from “This Song is for You,” titled “Dinner and a Movie,” sits at its current peak of No. 12 on Adult R&B airplay, his best showing since his featured turn on Patti LaBelle’s “Gotta Go Solo” (No. 1 in 2005).
Meanwhile, Mayer Hawthorne returns to the top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a second time as “Where Does This Door Go” enters at No. 10 (10,000 copies). His 2011 release, “How Do You Do,” debuted and peaked at No. 8 with 8,000 first-week copies. Hawthorne enlists Kendrick Lamar for the set’s current single “Crime” and will be setting out on a headlining tour in September.
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” posts a seventh week atop the chart, and also reaches the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for the first time.
The 4-1 jump on the latter marks Thicke’s third chart-topper on the list after 2007’s “Lost Without You” (11 weeks) and 2010’s “Sex Therapy” (two weeks). In terms of digital sales, “Blurred” crosses 3.5 million in total downloads, despite dropping 11% to 340,000 this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is now in its eighth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” holds on to the No. 2 spot on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as do Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” at No. 3 and Macklemore & Lewis’ “Same Love” at No. 4. The two latter songs are vying for No. 1 but have a lot of ground to make up to best Thicke’s smash hit.
Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” breaks into the top five for the first time with a 9-5 jump, making it the highest-charting independently-promoted single in over a year. The last indie-promoted top five cut was Fat Joe’s “Another Round,” featuring Chris Brown, which peaked at No. 5 in May, 2012.
The new song’s lift is primarily due to its 23% increase to 4.7 million streams, according to Nielsen BDS, and its longevity is partly tied to the innumerable freestyles and remixes recorded by hip-hop heavyweights such as Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar.
J. Cole’s aforementioned “Power Trip” slips 5-6 in its 23rd week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while Macklemore & Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” steps up 8-7 in its 42nd week on the list. Ciara’s “Body Party” falls from its No. 6 peak to No. 8 this week as Wale’s “Bad” steps 10-9. The lead single off Wale’s “The Gifted” album has now sold 859,000 downloads to date.
Finally, the FiNATTiCZ’ “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun” explodes into the top 10 with 33-10 catapult in its second week on the list. As the song’s popularity continues to build on Vine, it grows another 124% to 77,000 downloads this week moving it 12-5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. Streaming-wise, the song rose 161% to 1.5 million streams, enough for a No. 15 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs and a No. 33 debut on Streaming Songs.