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‘X’ Marks the No. 1 Spot: Chris Brown Rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Chris Brown's X scores the singer his fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, entering with 145,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales sum is his best debut sales week since F.A.M.E…

Chris Brown‘s X scores the singer his fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, entering with 145,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales sum is his best debut sales week since F.A.M.E arrived at No. 1 with 270,000 units in 2011.

Chris Brown Bound to the Top of Artist 100

The new collaboration-filled album includes guest vocals from Brandy, Lil Wayne and Tyga, among others. Its latest single, “New Flame,” featuring Usher and Rick Ross, climbs 10-6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the Diplo-produced “X” soars 42-26. Three album tracks also debut, led by “Autumn Leaves,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (No. 36), followed by “Drunk Texting,” featuring Jhene Aiko (No. 47), and “Songs on 12 Play,” featuring Trey Songz (No. 48). First single “Loyal” peaked at No. 4 in May.


FANS AID ALSINA: August Alsina‘s “No Love” re-enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 17 fueled by fan reaction following his onstage collapse at a concert in New York on Sept. 15. The hospitalized R&B singer was in a coma for three days after the incident, according to a posting on his Twitter account.

Sales of “No Love” skyrocket 279 percent, to 20,000 downloads, enough to also bring the song onto R&B Digital Songs at a new peak (No. 5). Streaming numbers swell to 2.2 million domestic clicks (a 436 percent spike), sending the track onto R&B Streaming Songs at No. 9, with YouTube views tallying 1.7 million, according to Nielsen BDS.

ADULT R&B SONGZ: Trey Songz jumps 5-1 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart with “What’s Best for You,” awarding the singer his second chart-topper on the list. The song takes Greatest Gainer honors with a 25 percent increase in plays.

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Songz first led Adult R&B Songs with “Can’t Be Friends” for two weeks in 2011.

IT’S ‘ANARCHY’: On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Alabama-born rapper Yelawolf claims the Hot Shot Debut with “Till It’s Gone,” opening at No. 35 thanks to digital sales and streaming. The song premiered during a montage on the Sept. 16 episode of FX’s Sons of Anarchy and was made available for purchase the following day. The exposure helped launch the track at No. 7 on Rap Digital Songs, selling 31,000 downloads in its first week.

‘STYLE’ POINTS: On the radio-based Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Cash Money’s Rich Gang steps 2-1 with “Lifestyle,” featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. The climb grants both of the Rich Gang members their first No. 1 on the list. On Rap Digital Songs, the track rises 10-8 in its 12th week, growing by 2 percent to 26,000 downloads sold, its best sales week yet. 

ORTIZ’S BEST: Joell Ortiz scores his first top 10 on Rap Albums and best-ever sales frame, as House Slippers opens at No. 5 with 6,000 units. The Brooklyn rapper last made the list with Free Agent, which debuted at No. 15 in 2011 (4,000 sold).