Kodak Black scores his first No. 1 album on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Project Baby Two arrives in the summit. The set begins with 50,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen Music and bests the rapper’s previous high of No. 2 for Painting Pictures that was fueled by the hit single “Tunnel Vision.”
Project concurrently arrives at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart and likewise grants Kodak his first chart topper there, after Pictures peaked at No. 2.
Streaming powers most of Project, as the title begins with 39,000 streaming equivalent album units, or 58.6 million on-demand audio streams of the album’s tracks.
‘Rake’ Goes Up: Meanwhile, Yo Gotti claims his second top 10 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Rake It Up,” featuring Nicki Minaj, races 12-5. The song’s spurt is largely due to the impact of its music video, which premiered on Aug. 21 exclusively on Tidal before its wide release four days later. The clip features Minaj and a crew of ladies raking up $100 bills instead of leaves and helps the track zoom 12-5 on Streaming Songs with a 45 percent gain in U.S. streams to 28.1 million for the week. “Rake” also flies 42-26 on the Digital Song Sales chart (17,000, up 24 percent) and moves 35-33 on Radio Songs (36 million, up 10 percent in the week ending Aug. 27).
The collaboration also gives Minaj her 25th top 10 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the fifth-highest sum among solo women in chart history (with 11 songs as a lead act and 14 as a featured artist).
Here’s an updated look at the top tier:
Solo Women With The Most Top 10 Hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
52, Aretha Franklin
30, Janet Jackson
27, Mariah Carey
26, Whitney Houston
25, Nicki Minaj
23, Mary J. Blige
22, Chaka Khan
James Brown and Drake, with 57 top 10s each, rank first among all acts.
Sevyn’s No. 1: R&B singer Sevyn Streeter scores her first No. 1 hit on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart as “Before I Do” lifts 2-1 in its 17th week on the chart.“Do” hits the summit with a 2 percent boost in plays for the week ending Aug. 27.
Moreover, as Streeter dethrones fellow Atlantic labelmate Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” the two tunes’ succession marks the first time a record label has posted two consecutive No. 1 hits in more than three years. Columbia Records produced the last one-two punch back in April 2014, when Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” replaced John Legend’s “All of Me.”
More ‘Moves’ for Cardi: Another week, another breakthrough for Cardi B, whose “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” hits No. 1 on the Rap Airplay chart with a 19 percent surge in spins for the week. The coronation marks the first chart topper by a woman in a leading role since Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake & Lil Wayne, led the list in March-April 2015.
“Bodak” also bursts into the top 10 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart with a 16-10 march, aided by a 43 percent weekly gain in plays. The single continues riding the radio wave on several other airplay charts, boasting a 3-2 push on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (32 million in format audience), No. 3 hold on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (up 17 percent for the week) and a 28-20 ascent on the all-genre Radio Songs chart (50 million in audience).
Goldlink & ‘Crew’ Hit Top 10: Rapper Goldlink sees his first entry on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay reach the top 10 as “Crew,” featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy, lifts 11-10. The collaboration sports 18 million in audience for the week, a gain of 13 percent.
“Crew” simultaneously hikes into the top 10 of Rap Airplay with an 11-9 rise, accompanied by a 14 percent increase in plays for the week.