Chart Juice: Beyonce NabsSixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-HopSongs


As if nabbing her first No. 1 on
Adult R&B last week wasn’t
enough for Beyoncé **, earning
the No. 1 spot on the overall
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is
certainly just right.
“Love on Top,” the song that will
always remind us of Bey’s
pregnancy announcement on the
MTV Video Music Awards, creeps
up to the top (2-1), breaking
Drake **’s five-week stay at the
peak with two titles: “The
Motto” (now No. 2) and “Make Me
Proud,” featuring Nicki Minaj **
(4-5).
Beyoncé banks her sixth solo No.
1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with
“Love on Top” (34 million
audience impressions, up 14%,
according to Nielsen BDS). The
last time Beyoncé charted a No. 1
title was in 2008 with “Single
Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” With
the addition of four No. 1s from
her Destiny’s Child ** days, she
proudly holds 10 toppers to her
name.
As radio promotion executives at
RCA work the phones with
programmers in hopes of a No. 1
next week, Chris Brown **’s
“Strip,” featuring Kevin McCall,
rises 5-3. it’s Brown’s first top
three hit since “Look At Me Now,”
featuring Lil Wayne ** and Busta
Rhymes **, planted its feet on
the No. 1 plank for eight weeks
beginning almost a year ago.
Wale **’s former No. 1 “Lotus
Flower Bomb,” featuring Miguel
**, continues its decent, buckling
down 3-4.
Holding tight on the R&B/Hip-
Hop Songs ladder, Tyga **’s
“Rack City” stays unchanging,
remaining at its No. 6 peak so far
for a second week. Read on for
details on Tyga’s No. 1 launch on
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Young Jeezy **’s “I Do,”
featuring Jay-Z ** and Andre
3000 **, keeps a stone cold grip
on the No. 7 spot, while Melanie
Fiona ** is the breakthrough
artist of the top 10, as “4 AM,”
the first single from her
sophomore album “The MF
Life” (due March 20), rises 11-8 in
its 27th week. “4 AM” is her first
top 10 since “It Kills Me,” the
song that put her on the
commercial map and became her
first No. 1, entered the top 10 in
December 2009.
Rounding out the top 10, Trey
Songz ** lifts 10-9 with “Sex
Ain’t Better Than Love,” which
swaps spots with J. Cole **’s
“Can’t Get Enough,” featuring
Songz.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRIS
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HONORABLE MENTION:
“Birthday Cake,” Rihanna **’s
overtly sexual tune featuring her
ex-boyfriend Chris Brown,
rockets 71-20 on R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs with Greatest Gainer/
Airplay credit (11 million in
audience, up 481%). The last
song led by a woman to make a
bigger leap into the top 20 was
Mariah Carey **’s “Touch My
Body,” which flew 58 rungs
(78-20) four years ago this week
(on its way to a No. 2 peak).
NO ONE CATCHES TYGA: At the
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums camp,
surprise! Drake no longer
dominates. For the first time
since its debut, Drake’s “Take
Care” (1-3) has been pushed out
of its comfort zone in the top
two (10 weeks at No. 1, four at
No. 2) due to two new starts.
Tyga debuts his sophomore
effort “Careless World: Rise of
the Last King” with 61,000
copies sold, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. (Yes, it is his second
album, although it might feel
more like freshman year when it
comes to Tyga’s enrollment at
Young Money university.
“Careless” is the rapper’s first
album on Cash Money/Universal
Republic). So far, four cuts from
the album have charted on R&B/
Hip-Hop Songs: “Far Away” (No.
93 peak), “Still Got It” (No. 70),
“Faded” (up 97-71 this week)
and the brightest star of them
all, “Rack City” (see above).
Drake’s bunkmate who called
shotgun for the top bed is the
new alternative hip-hop duo
from Philadelphia Chiddy Bang
**, comprised of college buddies
Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and
Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin.
The pair’s first studio album
“Breakfast” begins at No. 2 with
31,000.
Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” slips
2-4, while Young Jeezy’s “TM:
103: Hustlerz Ambition” slides
3-5. While it’s the latter album’s
lowest rank so far, it tallies a
10th week in the top five – its
entire chart run – dating to its
debut at No. 1 the week of Jan. 7.

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