R&B singer Miguel scores his first No. 1 on R&B Albums as Wildheart starts atop the chart (dated July 18). The set, his third studio album, sold 41,000 copies during the tracking week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music. Wildheart takes the No. 2 slot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Miguel’s previous set, Kaleidoscope Dream, opened at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Oct. 20, 2012), three months before the R&B Albums chart was introduced. Upon the chart’s conception (Jan. 26, 2013) the set landed at No. 5, later peaking at No. 3 (March 2, 2013).Over on the Billboard 200, Miguel claims his highest peak, entering at No. 2 with 48,000 equivalent album units. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
The set’s arrival spurs album track “Simple Things” onto Hot R&B Songs, where it debuts at No. 21. The song shifted 15,000 digital downloads, aiding in its entrance. Meanwhile, lead single “Coffee” perks up 32-29 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, driven in part by a 25 percent rise in streams (to 1.7 million).
Meek Mill Rules: Meek Mill starts strong at No. 1 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums, as Dreams Worth More Than Money blasts in with 215,000 copies sold. The set also easily debuts atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. It’s the second leader for Meek Mill on both the R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Albums charts, following his debut studio effort, 2012’s Dreams and Nightmares. The new album also tallies the third-largest sales week for an R&B/hip-hop set in 2015, following the arrivals of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (495,000) and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (301,000).
Meek Mill’s No. 1 entrance pushes six of his album tracks onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – propelled by digital sales and streaming. They join the set’s lead single, “All Eyes On You” featuring Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj, which jumps 21-12 on the chart in its second week. Of the new songs, “R.I.C.O.,” featuring Drake, comes in first — at No. 18 (with 2.4 million weekly streams). That debut is followed by bows from “Bad For You” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 32), “Lord Knows” (No. 36), “Check” (No. 39), “Pullin Up” featuring The Weeknd (No. 41) and “Jump Out The Face” featuring Future (No. 43).
Vince Staples’ Strong Start: Rapper Vince Staples takes the second highest debut on Rap Albums, as his debut full length set, Summertime ’06, arrives at No. 2. The set moved 12,000 copies in its opening week, and follows his 2014 EP, Hell Can Wait, which started with 4,000 units. The 22-year old emcee first charted as a featured act on Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive,” also featuring Casey Veggies, which spent a week on Rap Digital Songs in 2013 (No. 29).
Earlier this year, Staples reached No. 40 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter) with Summertime track “Senorita.”
Fetty Wap Flies Onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Fetty Wap scores the highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, soars onto the chart at No. 13. The release of the track to digital download stores and audio streaming platforms incites the entrance, moving 86,000 downloads in its first week – enough to land at No. 2 on Rap Digital Songs. The track logged 3.4 million domestic weekly streams during the most recent tracking period, with Spotify accounting for 34 percent of overall listens. Over on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs, “679” debuts at No. 19, while the rapper’s breakout hit “Trap Queen” spends a ninth (non-consecutive) week at No. 1 (up one percent, to 19.6 million streams).
Rich Homie Quan Scores Airplay No. 1: Following a 14 week climb, Rich Homie Quan takes the top spot on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart (viewable on billboard.biz), hopping 3-1 with “Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh)” (up five percent in spins). It’s the rapper’s second track to reach the top, of his 13 total charted songs, following Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle,” featuring Yo Gotti & Rich Homie Quan, which topped the chart in 2014. “Flex” notches a new peak on Hot Rap Songs, where the song steps 5-4 in its 11th week.