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John Legend Hits Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart in Wake of GRAMMYs

Following his GRAMMY performance on Sunday (Jan. 26), John Legend scores his fourth top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as "All of Me" jumps 14-8.

Following his GRAMMY performance on Sunday (Jan. 26), John Legend scores his fourth top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “All of Me” jumps 14-8. 

Digitally, the song more than doubled its last week total (110%) to 86,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, its best week yet. And because the latest sales week ended the same night as the GRAMMYs, the full impact of his performance won’t even be felt until next week.

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Additionally, taking 21 weeks to reach the top tier of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, “All of Me” is the slowest-rising R&B song since Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” took 30 weeks to do so in 2012.

Legend’s last trip to the region was nearly five years ago when Rick Ross’ “Magnificent,” on which he is featured, peaked at No. 7 (2009). His best showing on the list altogether is his 2005 smash “Ordinary People,” which reached No. 4.

At the top of the chart, Eminem’s “The Monster” fends off Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” (3-2) for a 13th week at No. 1. Should it hold on for another week, it’ll tie Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” for the longest-running rap song atop the list.

Pharrell’s feel-good hit “Happy” continues to fly with a 7-3 jump in its fourth week. Reaching 24 million listeners in the Jan. 20-26 Nielsen BDS tracking week (a 139% rise) and moving 188,000 downloads (a 57% increase), the cut takes home Airplay and Digital gainer awards. With Pharrell (and his hat) dominating media attention during and after Sunday’s GRAMMY awards — he took home three trophies while wearing an eye-catching Vivienne Westwood hat — expect “Happy” to receive a huge boost next week.

Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” falls 2-4 under Derulo and Pharrell’s surging songs while Kid Ink’s “Show Me” reenters the top five with a 6-5 lift. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” continues its decline (4-6) in its 25th week after spending five weeks at No. 1 in October and November.

Below John Legend’s aforementioned “All of Me” at No. 7 is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Walls” tumbling 5-8 in its 21st week. YG’s “My Hitta” slips 8-9 in its 18th week while Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” holds on at No. 10 for its 37th week in the region. The longest running top 10 hit on the list is “Thrift Shop” with 42 weeks.

Outside of the top 10, the anticipation for Schoolboy Q’s “Oxymoron,” due Feb. 25, is apparent as three new tracks made available as album pre-orders debut. Second single “Man of the Year” opens at No. 21 with 35,000 downloads (up 615%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, while album cuts “Break the Bank” (No. 33 debut, 27,000) and “Yay Yay” (No. 46, 19,000) also enter the list. Meanwhile, now-recurrent lead single “Collard Greens,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (No. 28 peak in November) has its best sales week to date, moving 29,000 (up 267%) as a result of it also being included among Q’s album pre-order offering.  

On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Beyonce’s self-titled set holds at No. 1 with 48,000 (down 22%) as does Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” at No. 2 with 24,000 (down 16%). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” enjoys an early GRAMMYs boost with a 38% increase to 18,000 copies. It too will benefit from a full week of exposure after the Seattle duo took home four GRAMMYs, practically sweeping the Rap categories. 

Drake’s “Nothing was the Same” stays put at No. 4 with a 2$ rise to 15,000 units and R. Kelly closes out the top five with a 3-5 dip (11,000, down 27%). Notably, Ty Dolla $ign’s “Beach House” EP and Step Brothers (Evidence x Alchemist)’s “Lord Steppington” debut at Nos. 13 and 14 with 6,000 and 5,000 copies, respectively.