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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Following the release of Nicki Minaj's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24, the single leaps 10-1 on Hot…

Following the release of Nicki Minaj‘s steamy music video for “Anaconda,” along with an equally provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24, the single leaps 10-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, notching the hip-hop star her third No. 1.

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It follows her previous No. 1s “Moment 4 Life” (featuring Drake) in 2011 and “Make Me Proud” (Drake featuring Minaj) in 2012.


“Anaconda” sold 120,000 digital downloads in the week ending Aug. 24 (a 132 percent rise, according to Nielsen SoundScan), enough to hop 4-2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.  The chart-topping song increased 1,296 percent on streaming services, logging a whopping 30.9 million domestic views on Vevo and YouTube (96 percent of overall streams, according to Nielsen BDS) and spurring a 15-1 surge on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs and a striking 42-1 bound on Streaming Songs.

“Anaconda” is third to only two other songs that have logged higher streaming weeks. Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” notched its best week in March 2013 with 103 million domestic streams, while Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” scored more than 36 million clicks following its video release in September 2013.

Minaj concurrently leaps to 4-1 on Hot Rap Songs, dethroning Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” after a record-tying 18-week reign.

Wiz’s Hollywood Is Tops: Wiz Khalifa crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Blacc Hollywood enters with 90,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The No. 1 arrival marks Khalifa’s third chart-capping set, following O.N.I.F.C., which opened at the top in 2012 (141,000 units). Multiple album tracks score climbs on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs post-release. “We Dem Boyz” hops 17-15 in its 24th week, while “Promises” jumps 42-24 in its third. “You and Your Friends,” featuring Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign, soars 50-39, whereas the biggest jump in points goes to “KK” featuring Project Pat and Juicy J, vaulting 45-35.

When Smokey Sings: Smokey Robinson makes his R&B Albums chart debut (since the chart launched in January 2013) as the collaborative album Smokey & Friends debuts in the top spot, moving nearly 14,000 copies in its opening week. The set concurrently lands at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Robinson’s highest chart position since 1987 when One Heartbeat reached No. 1, following a 15-week climb.

The new album features a diverse range of familiar acts, including Steven Tyler, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and James Taylor, among others. Sheryl Crow joins in on Robinson’s only No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, “The Tears of a Clown.” The original version, credited to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, spent two weeks at the top of the chart in 1970.

‘Tell’ Jeremih He’s No. 1: After an 11-week climb, Jeremih‘s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” steps 2-1 on Hot R&B Songs, landing the singer his first No. 1 on the list (since the October 2012 chart inception). The track has steadily increased in digital sales, scoring its best-selling week yet with 66,000 digital downloads (a 20 percent increase). Jeremih also attains a new No. 1 on the Rhythmic chart (gaining 13 percent, to 5,305 spins according to Nielsen BDS), marking his third No. 1 and first since “Down On Me,” featuring 50 Cent, spent eight weeks at the peak in 2011. “Don’t Tell ‘Em” likewise reaches No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop charts, moving 2-1 on both.

ScHoolboy Q Tops Rap Airplay: Over on Rap Airplay, ScHoolboy Q rises 2-1 with “Studio,” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, marking both artists’ first No. 1. The song logged a 3 percent increase at the format (to 43 million audience impressions), knocking Lil Wayne‘s “Believe Me,” featuring Drake, out of a four-week hold at No. 1. On Rap Digital Songs, “Studio” posted a 4 percent decrease (to 21,000 digital downloads), as it slips a spot from 13-12.

Kem’s Adult No. 1: Also attaining a new No. 1, R&B singer Kem hops 3-1 on Adult R&B with “It’s You,” his fourth title to reach the top of the tally. The song takes Greatest Gainer honors at the format, scaling 15 percent (to 1,931 spins). WKSA Norfolk-Virginia Beach topped plays during the tracking week (ending Aug. 24), recording 60 spins. Kem’s latest set Promise to Love was released Aug. 25 and is expected to debut high on the album lists next week.