The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar blast in at No. 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated Feb. 17) with “Pray For Me,” securing both artists’ 11th top 10 hit. The collaboration, released Feb. 2, debuts at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart with 53,000 downloads in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music. It also starts at No. 13 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs, and clocks 17.2 million U.S. streams for the week.
The pair also rockets in at No. 7 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The arrival hands The Weeknd his lucky seventh top 10 hit of career, while Lamar nabs his sixth.
“Pray” previewed Black Panther: The Album, the Lamar-curated companion soundtrack to the Marvel/Disney film Black Panther. The album, released Feb. 9, is on course for a No. 1 debut on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums’ Feb. 24-dated lists (the top 10 of which is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Feb. 18). Industry forecasters suggest the album could launch with more than 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 15.
With the film due in U.S. theaters this Friday (Feb. 16), Panther could pull off a one-two punch of its properties topping both the U.S. box office and Billboard 200 in the span of one week.
Beyond “Pray,” more Panther cuts ascend on several charts this week. The Lamar and SZA collaboration “All The Stars” jumps 28-14 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and speeds 54-31 on the Hot 100, after its official music video premiere on Feb. 6. The clip helps the tune gather 15.2 million U.S. streams for the week (up 35 percent) and re-enter R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs at a new peak of No. 17.