The Weeknd crashes onto the Hot R&B Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts (dated June 13) with “The Hills,” landing his highest debut yet on both tallies. The spooky-sounding single starts at Nos. 3 and 7 on the lists, respectively, powered nearly entirely by sales and streams.
“The Hills,” along with is ominous music video, was released on May 27 and is presumably the lead track from The Weeknd’s forthcoming new studio album, due later this year. According to Nielsen Music, the song earned 5.2 million domestic streams in the week ending May 31, while also selling 109,000 downloads.
A$AP Rocky’s Trip To Hot R&B Songs: Elsewhere on Hot R&B Songs, rapper A$AP Rocky nets his first hit as a lead artist with the No. 8 bow of “L$D.” It’s the only track on Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP (which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Rap Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) that doesn’t feature him rapping. Instead, the emcee sings throughout the subdued tune. It shifted 19,000 downloads in its opening week, allowing for a No. 7 arrival on R&B Digital Songs. Spotify streams also help power its entrance, with 2.2 million listens logged (58 percent of its total weekly clicks).
Boosie Bows at No. 2: Rapper Boosie Badazz (formerly known as Lil’ Boosie) lands at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, selling 59,000 copies — his best sales week yet. He almost doubles his previous highest sales week, logged when 2010’s Incarcerated arrived at No. 6 with 30,000 copies sold. Boosie also scores his highest rank on the chart since Bad Azz debuted at No. 2 in 2006.
Alessia Cara Arrives: Making her Billboard charts debut, new Def Jam signee Alessia Cara arrives at No. 18 on Hot R&B Songs with her anti-party anthem “Here.” Streaming makes up the majority of the points contributing to the song’s debut, with 826,000 weekly streams logged in the U.S. during the most recent tracking period. Of the overall clicks, 82 percent stem from Spotify, while a recently released video (May 26) boosts its YouTube and Vevo on YouTube views to 129,000 (a 43 percent climb from the week prior). “Here” previews Cara’s upcoming debut album Know It All, expected in the fall.