The tune concurrently debuts atop the Billboard Hot 100, spurred by a massive 65.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending May 10, according to Nielsen Music, more than enough to drive a No. 1 start on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs list. Gambino, the musical pseudonym of actor Donald Glover, also sees “America” open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales thanks to 78,000 downloads during the week.
The second new top 10 belongs to Travis Scott’s “Watch,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West, which debuts at No. 9. The arrival marks Scott and Lil Uzi Vert’s third top 10 each on the chart, while West secures his 24th.
Streams power the high debut, as the collaboration clocks No. 7 entrance on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs via 23.9 million U.S. streams in the week. “Watch” also kicks off at No. 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales, with 15,000 copies purchased.
Meanwhile, newcomer Ella Mai completes the new top 10 trio as “Boo’d Up” rockets 24-10. The breakthrough track holds at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, rising 6 percent to 24 million in audience in the week ending May 13. It also climbs on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales with a 15-10 leap (up 8 percent to 10,000 sold in the week ending May 10) and debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs at No. 15 (19.7 million in the week, up 20 percent).
SR3MM 5: Rae Sremmurd earns its third top five set on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as SR3MM debuts at No. 5. The duo, composed of brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, previously reached such heights with previous studio efforts Sremmlife, which spent one week at No. 1 in 2015 and Sremmlife 2, which peaked at No. 3 the following year.
SR3MM, a triple album that consists of one joint recording, a solo LP from Slim Jxmmi and another from Swae Lee, starts with 57,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 10. The release helps push the set’s single “Powerglide,” featuring Juicy J, from 25-17 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, matching its previous peak.
DRAKE’s THREE-PEAT: Drake becomes the first artist to replace himself twice in a row at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as “Nice For What” topples his collaboration with BlocBoy JB, “Look Alive,” after two weeks. “Alive” succeeded the superstar’s “God’s Plan,” which ruled for nine terms.
“Nice” rolls to 33 million in audience in the week, up 6 percent, and marks Drake’s 25th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Drake, already with the most leaders on the list since its inception in 1992, extends his lead above second-place Usher (15) and third-place Lil Wayne (12).
In addition to its R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay coronation, “Nice” also surmounts “Alive” atop the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart and Rap Airplay. It nears the summit of Rhythmic Songs as well, moving 4-2 with a 13 percent lift in plays.
Before “Man,” Ne-Yo’s previous high on the tally was No. 8, achieved by four different songs: “Sexy Love” (2006), “Do You” (2007), “Champagne Life” (2010) and “Religious” (2015). In total, the R&B star has placed 21 songs on the chart since his 2006 debut, “So Sick,” which climbed to No. 9 that April.