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The Weeknd Ties Whitney Houston & Boyz II Men for Number of Weeks on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness scores its 122nd week on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and equals the chart runs of Boyz II Men's Cooleyhighharmony and the Whitney Houston-led The Bodyguard soundtrack

The Weeknd‘s Beauty Behind the Madness scores its 122nd week on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and in the process, equals the chart runs of two 1990s juggernauts.

On the latest ranking, dated Feb. 3, Madness rebounds 45-34 and matches the 122-week runs of Boyz II Men‘s 1991 debut Cooleyhighharmony and the Whitney Houston-led The Bodyguard soundtrack from 1992.

With The Weeknd’s latest move, he ties Boyz II Men and Houston’s sets for the 10th-longest stay on the chart among all albums. Kenny G‘s Breathless leads the pack, with 185 logged frames.


Here’s a look at each album to claim at least 122 weeks on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:

Weeks, Title, Artist, Peak Position, Peak Date
185, Breathless, Kenny G, No. 2, Jan. 9, 1993
147, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole, No. 1 (one week), Dec. 27, 2014
140, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan, No. 8, April 23, 1994
136, The Eminem Show, Eminem, No. 1 (six weeks), June 8, 2002
135, Greatest Hits, 2Pac, No. 1 (two weeks), Dec. 12, 1998
130, good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar, No. 1 (one week), Nov. 10, 2012
128, Take Care, Drake, No. 1 (12 weeks), Dec. 3, 2011
126, Intimacy: Album III, Kem, No. 2, Sept. 4, 2010
124, Rachelle Ferrell, Rachelle Farrell, No. 25, Aug. 27, 1994
122, Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd, No. 1 (eight weeks), Sept. 19, 2015
122, Cooleyhighharmony, Boyz II Men, No. 1 (two weeks), Aug. 24, 1991
122, The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston/soundtrack, No. 1 (eight weeks), Dec. 12, 1992

Madness, released in 2015, endures on the chart largely through streams of the album’s songs via on-demand audio services. Three cuts do most of the lifting — “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” — all of which topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2015, with the latter two duplicating their success atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Miguel’s ‘Sky’ High: Miguel collects his first No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, as “Sky Walker,” featuring Travis Scott, glides 4-1.

The collaboration ascends to the summit with a 14 percent rise in plays in the week ending Jan. 28, according to Nielsen Music. The R&B crooner had previously topped out in the runner-up spot twice, with his “Adorn” in 2012 and as featured on J. Cole‘s “Power Trip” the next year.

As “Sky” ascends, its 20-week climb ties Kid Cudi‘s “Day n Nite” for the second-longest trek to No. 1 since the chart began in 1992. The pair trails only TLC‘s “Waterfalls,” which needed 24 weeks before it eventually reigned for two weeks in 1995.

Daniel Caesar & Kali Uchis ‘Get’ a No. 1: On Adult R&B Songs, Daniel Caesar also nabs a first No. 1 with his debut entry, “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis. The tune hikes 2-1, boosted by a 22 percent gain in spins for the tracking week. It also leaps 19-10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, with a 24 percent surge in format audience to 14 million for the week.