Tank Takes No. 1: R&B singer Tank caps the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Stronger enters at No. 1 with just under 17,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The chart-topping arrival marks his fourth No. 1 debut and follows his 2012 set This Is How I Feel, which entered with 33,000 copies. The new album’s single “You’re My Star” spends a 13th consecutive week in the top 10 on Adult R&B, continuing at No. 8 (a 4 percent dip to 1,070 spins, according to Nielsen BDS). The track concurrently debuts on Hot R&B Songs at No. 24.
Tank tells Billboard that that album is “geared toward old-school R&B but with a current feel. There’s Michael Jackson ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ [aka ‘This Place Hotel’] moment. There are Rick James and Earth, Wind & Fire moments. People need to be reminded where this music came from, the foundation.”
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Drake Drives to Top 10: Drake lands his 32nd top 10 on Rap Airplay as “0 to 100/The Catch Up” hops 13-10, breaking the rapper out of a tie with Jay Z for the second-most top 10s on the list as he becomes the sole titleholder. The track takes Greatest Gainer honors, rising to 16.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 17 (a 21 percent hike), according to Nielsen BDS. On the hybrid Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the track remains at No. 16, its current peak, moving 41,000 digital downloads (a 2 percent increase). Spotify plays account for 61 percent of its overall streams, registering 1.1 million domestic clicks during the tracking week.
Music Video Sparks ‘New Flame’ Climb: On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Chris Brown soars 21-9 with “New Flame” featuring Usher and Rick Ross, marking the singer’s 30th top 10 on the list. The jump is due, in part, by its music video premiere on Aug. 14. Overall streams for the song climbed 153 percent (to 3.5 million), with 2.9 million clicks (81 percent) stemming from YouTube and Vevo on YouTube.
Watsky Revisits Album Chart: Watsky nabs the second highest debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his set All You Can Do comes in at No. 6 (10,000 units). (It also debuts at No. 4 on Top Rap Albums.) The rapper and poet nearly matches his previous chart entrance when Cardboard Castles entered at No. 6 (11,000 copies) in March, 2013. The 27-year old from San Francisco is set to embark on an international tour beginning on Sept. 17 in Copenhagen, followed by several European, North American and Australian dates.
Twista’s Dark Horse Debuts: Rounding out the top three debuts of the week on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is Twista, arriving at No. 8 with Dark Horse shifting 7,000 copies. (On Rap Albums, it lands at No. 5.) The 40-year old rapper lands his seventh top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and first since The Perfect Storm entered at No. 7 in 2010 with 14,000 units. Twista first appeared on the album charts 17 years ago with Adrenaline Rush, which peaked at No. 13 and has sold 1.1 million albums to date, his second biggest selling set (following 2004’s Kamikaze, 1.9 million).
Legend Lands New Top 10: John Legend climbs 12-10 on Adult R&B with “You & I (Nobody in the World),” grasping his sixth top 10. A 7 percent rise in airplay bumped the track up the list (to 850 spins), with WYLD, New Orleans topping weekly plays (46), according to Niesen BDS. The song debuts at No. 39 on the Rhythmic chart, recording a 25 percent increase in plays (to 378).
-additional reporting by Gail Mitchell, Los Angeles