Guordan Banks earns his first Billboard No. 1 as “Keep You In Mind” rises 2-1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart in its 29th frame. The song climbs 6 percent in spins at the format in the week ending May 29, according to Nielsen Music.
“Keep” is the Philadelphia native’s first charting title on the list, and bowed on the Nov. 28, 2015 chart at No. 29. It continued its steady climb through the beginning of the year, and spent the previous four weeks at No. 2 before ending Johnny Gill’s four-week crowning run with “This One’s for Me and You,” featuring New Edition.
Banks’ journey to the top of the chart is the longest since January 2014 when Robin Thicke’s “For the Rest of My Life” reached No. 1 in its 31st charting week. The longest trip to No. 1 came in 2003 when R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of Love” peaked in its 34th week.
Over on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, “Keep You In Mind” earns a new peak, jumping 22-15 in its 14th week on the list (up 2 percent, to 11.1 million audience impressions).
As an artist, Banks’ only previous chart entry was as a featured act on 50 Cent’s 2014 track “Winners Circle” (from the rapper’s set Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win) which spent a week at No. 46 on the Rap Digital Songs chart.
Kent Jones’ Top 10 Jump: Newcomer Kent Jones earns his first top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his debut chart hit “Don’t Mind” rises 11-8. The DJ Khaled protégé takes Digital Gainer honors, increasing 12 percent to 27,000 downloads in the week ending May 26 — the song’s highest sales week yet. In total, the track has sold 131,000 U.S. downloads.
“Don’t Mind” also takes the Streaming Gainer tag, reaching a new high with 8.7 million domestic weekly streams, up 14 percent. Of the overall streams, Spotify plays account for 38 percent.
Meanwhile, Jones reaches a new peak on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, which measures the week’s most popular artists across all genres, climbing 73-61. Over on the Hot 100, Jones hops 31-25.
Rihanna’s BBMA Boost: Rihanna earns the Hot Shot Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Love on the Brain” arrives at No. 30. The entrance is powered almost exclusively by digital sales and streaming, following her performance of the track at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, which aired live on ABC from Las Vegas on May 22.
Streams for the week reached 2.7 million (up 78 percent), while digital downloads soared 743 percent, to 30,000 — enough to re-enter the R&B Digital Songs chart at No. 6 (following a one week stint at No. 13 on the Feb. 20 chart).
Radio, however, did not contribute many points powering its debut, with only four reporting stations spinning it during the latest tracking week. WHTS, Grand Rapids was the only station to give it any significant play, with 12 spins. (More than 1,200 stations are monitored and contribute to the chart.)
The sales and stream surges cause “Love on the Brain” to become Rihanna’s 55th charting entry on the Billboard Hot 100, where it bows at No. 83.