Chart Juice: Drake’sDomination, The LatestChapter


Just one week ago, Drake **’s
moves on the Rap Songs chart
were enough to declare him a
rap radio god.
Hold your applause. There’s
more.
This week, he succeeds on the
famed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally
in identical fashion.
The Young Money canticle “The
Motto,” featuring Lil Wayne **,
steps up to the plate and
undoubtedly hits a grand slam on
the big chart, rising 3-1 (30
million audience impressions, up
4%, according to Nielsen BDS)
giving Drake his ninth No. 1 on
the survey. Among rappers,
Drake is now tied with Jay-Z for
the most No. 1s.
As “The Motto” knocks his own
“Make Me Proud,” featuring Nicki
Minaj **, from the R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs summit (1-2), he is the first
artist since Alicia Keys ** to
replace oneself at No. 1, as her
“Like You’ll Never See Me Again”
succeeded “No One” in Jan 2008.
Rounding out the top three is
former No. 1 “Lotus Flower
Bomb,” Wal **e’s ode (featuring
Miguel **) to the well-perfumed
woman.
Nos. 4-7 remain in place.
Beyoncé **’s “Love on Top” (No.
4) stays even in its 24th week on
the chart; Young Jeezy **’s “I
Do” (featuring Jay-Z **) remains
at No. 5; newly-crowned Grammy
Award winner Chris Brown **
holds at No. 6 with “Strip,”
featuring Kevin K-MAC McCall
(23 million, up 8%), a cut from
the album that won the coveted
prize for best R&B album at the
Grammys Sunday (Feb. 12); and,
Tyga keeps it rock steady at No. 7
with “Rack City.”
AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRIS
BROWN: ACT YOUR AGE
J. Cole **’s “Can’t Get
Enough” (featuring Trey Songz
**) has spent only two weeks
outside the top 10 since it
reached the region originally on
Dec. 31. It returns to the upper
league this week (11-8),
leapfrogging Big Sean **’s “Dance
(A$$)” (10-9) and passing Bey’s
second title in the upper level,
“Party” (8- 10).
HONORABLE MENTION: Monica
** and Brandy **, the duo that
brought us “The Boy Is Mine” in
1998, is back with another
territorial-themed anthem.
“It All Belongs to Me” debuts at
No. 66 on the R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs chart. The track, released
by RCA now that Brandy has
joined gal-pal Monica at the R&B
powerhouse label, marks the first
time that the women have
worked together since “Boy” hit
the No. 1 spot 14 years ago.
EXTRA ‘CARE’: Drake spends his
ninth week at No. 1 on the R&B/
Hip-Hop Albums chart with his
sophomore stunner “Take
Care” (32,000 units, up 9%,
according to Nielsen SoundScan).
While he’s a little more than
halfway to matching the last
album to reign for a longer
stretch — Eminem **’s
“Recovery” (16 weeks, 2010) —
Drake surpasses three notable
influential albums that each led
for eight weeks: 50 Cent **’s “Get
Rich or Die Tryin’,” the
breakthrough debut album for
the rapper/mogul; The Fugees **’
“The Score,” the sophomore
album that introduced the
mainstream world to the amazing
talents of Lauryn Hill **, Pras and
Wyclef Jean **; and, Dr. Dre **’s
iconic opus “The Chronic.”
Since R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
adopted SoundScan data the
week of Dec. 5, 1992, “Take
Care” ties R. Kelly **’s “Play”
1994″ for the fifth-longest
command. (“Recovery” ranks
atop the list in that span; in the
chart’s entire history, dating to
1965, MICHAEL JACKSON’s
“Thriller” led the longest — 37
weeks, beginning Jan. 29, 1983).
Among rappers in the chart’s
archives, “Take Care” is now in
fourth place for the most weeks
at No. 1, following M.C.
HAMMER’s “Please Hammer
Don’t Hurt ‘Em” (a monstrous 29
weeks on top beginning in 1990);
“Recovery” (16); and LL Cool J
**’s 1987 sophomore set “Bigger
and Deffer” (11 weeks).
Getting back to this week’s top
five, Rihanna’ **s “Talk That Talk”
holds at No. 2; Mary J. Blige **’s
“My Life II…” remains at No. 3;
Young Jeezy’s “TM; 10-3” stays
anchored at No. 4; and, Grammy
Award winners Jay-Z and Kanye
West **’s “Watch the Throne”
lifts 7-5 as the chart’s Greatest
Gainer (18,000, up 41%).
AN OPEN LETTER TO
RIHANNA: IT’S TIME TO TALK
THAT TALK
New at No. 30. ROBERTA
FLACK, the original “Killing Me
Softly” songstress (and writer) —
before the Fugees covered it —
bows with “Let It Be Roberta,” a
Beatles covers project. The
album, whose first single, “We
Can Work It Out,” ranks at No.
38 on the Adult R&B chart, marks
her first album to hit the chart
since “Oasis” in 1989.

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