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Chart Juice: Ciara Soars Into Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

Ciara's 'Body Party' skyrockets into the top 10 (41-8) of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Ciara’s “Body Party” skyrockets into the top 10 (41-8) of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, fueled in part by the release of the song’s Director X-helmed video. The clip, which premiered on the first day of the chart’s streaming tracking week (April 22), garnered 3.8 million U.S. views in its first seven days, according to Nielsen BDS, prompting a 19-1 leap on on R&B Streaming Songs (viewable at billboard.biz).

The top 10 placement on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs marks Ciara’s 12th title to reach the upper tier. It’s her best chart position since “Ride” rode to No. 3 in August, 2010.


Ahead of “Body,” Nos. 1-7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs remain stationary: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton (No. 1 for a second week), followed by the pair’s “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz (No. 2); Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z (No. 3); Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” (No. 4); Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future (No. 5); J. Cole’s “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel (No. 6); and Wale’s “Bad,” featuring Tiara Thomas (No. 7). Although staying put at No. 7 on this chart, “Bad” skips 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, marking Wale’s second chart-topper on the list. His “Lotus Flower Bomb” spent five weeks atop the airplay ranking in 2011-12.

Entering the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the first time is Emeli Sande’s breakout hit “Next to Me,” up 11-9 in its 12th week. The cut experienced a 15% increase to 64,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and a 12% gain to 929,000 streams, according to BDS.

Rounding out the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 is Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” (8-10).

FAST ‘FRIENDS’: Further down on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, DJ Khaled’s latest offering, “No New Friends,” featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, catapults 42-16 in its second week. The track tallied 63,000 downloads sold (up 198%) last week, producing a 22-6 lift on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. The last time this quartet charted in tandem was in 2011 when DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” racked up 11 weeks atop on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. That hit took only three weeks to reach the top 10, a feat that “No New Friends” could be poised to repeat.

Hustle Gang’s “Memories Back Then,” featuring T.I., B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and Kris Stephens, is the top new entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 30. The track is the first single from the “G.D.O.D.” mixtape (due May 7), which features T.I.’s stable of artists from his Grand Hustle label. The video for “Memories” was released on April 22 and drew 940,000 domestic YouTube views for the week.

UP ‘SIDE’: Moving on to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, 2004 “American Idol” champion Fantasia continues to win, as her fourth release, “Side Effects of You,” opens atop the chart with 91,000 copies sold. All three of her previous albums debuted in the top five, with her last set, “Back to Me” (2010), becoming her first to hit No. 1; it sold 117,000 first-week copies. Coinciding with the new set’s debut, first single “Lose to Win” reaches new peaks on Adult R&B (No. 4; viewable at billboard.biz) and R&B Songs (No. 14). Follow-up single “Without You,” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott, bows at No. 24 on R&B Songs, powered by 9,000 opening-week downloads.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” holds tight at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (74,000, down 3%), while Kid Cudi’s “Indicud” falls 1-3 with a 77% erosion to 32,000 in its second week. Macklemore & Lewis’ “The Heist” retains the No. 4 position (28,000, down 6%) and Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being” closes the top five, slipping 3-5 (25,000, down 18%).

Just outside the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top 10, the aforementioned Emeli Sandé debuts at No. 12 with her “iTunes Session” set, which arrives with 5,000 copies sold. The release includes her hit “Next to Me,” as does her debut album “Our Version of Events,” which roars 18-11 as the chart’s Greatest Gainer (up 63%). That’s the latter title’s highest rank since it debuted at No. 4 the week of June 23, 2012.