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Drake Earns 33rd Top 10 Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Drake posts his 33rd top 10 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, debuts at a lofty No. 5. The opening breaks his tie with R. Kelly (32) for the second-most top 10s since Nielsen data began powering the chart in December of 1992. In that span, Lil Wayne holds the top 10 record, with 36.

The big debut for “Hold On” is attributed to its explosion across all three chart metrics: airplay, sales and streams. On-air, 179 stations played the cut in the week ending Aug. 13, reaching 18.6 million listeners according to Nielsen BDS. Digitally, it was downloaded 109,000 times, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and racked up 659,000 domestic streams (through Aug. 11). This is Drake’s best debut ever, topping his featured turn on Lil Wayne’s No. 14-opening “Love Me,” and the chart’s highest entry this year.

The chart methodology was changed in Oct. 2012 to include airplay, sales and streams.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” reaches its 10th week atop the chart this week nearing his personal longest run of 11 weeks achieved with “Lost Without U” in 2007. With Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” (back at No. 2) still trailing the summer smash by over 5,000 points, Thicke should easily set a new best for himself.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” and “Can’t Hold Us” stay put at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, followed by Drake’s aforementioned new entry at No. 5 and “Thrift Shop” stepping 7-6. Bay Area rapper Sage the Gemini picks up his first top 10 on the list as “Gas Pedal” jumps 11-7 in its fourth week. The track takes home digital gainer honors by rising 25% to 64,000 downloads, its best sales week yet.

Coming in at No. 8 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is J. Cole’s “Power Trip” which slips from No. 5 last week. Ciara’s “Body Party” also tumbles 6-9 in its 19th week while Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” closes out with the top 10 with a 8-10 slip.

Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the top three titles remain stationary with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at No. 1 (65,000 copies, down 63%), Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” at No. 2 (48,000, down 22%) and Tech N9ne’s “Something Else” at No. 3 (17,000, a 71% drop). Macklemore & Lewis’ “The Heist” steps 5-4 with 15,000 (a 9% decline) while Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” rounds out the top tier with a 6-5 step (14,000, a 13% skid).

New to the list this week is Swollen Members’ crewmate Madchild with his sophomore album “Lawn Mower Man” at No. 24 with 3,000 copies. It’s the Canadian rapper’s second appearance on the chart, after his 2012 solo debut “Dope Sick,” which opened at No. 29 with 2,000. Madchild’s positivity on his current set is inspiring to his fans as it comes on the heels of his public struggle with drugs.