Plus: Rihanna tops three more charts & Chris Brown nets his 36th top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Mach 19) with the duo’s latest set, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, bows with 51,000 copies sold in the week ending March 3 according to Nielsen Music.
The release comes nearly three and a half years after The Heist debuted atop the chart with a more robust start: 78,000 copies sold (chart dated Oct. 27, 2012). While The Heist’s lead single “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, was on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart when the album debuted (and later reached No. 1), the new album’s lead track “Downtown,” featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Look Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz, achieved its No. 6 peak months ago — on the Oct. 24, 2015 chart. That significant gap between the single’s peak and its parent album’s release may have contributed to a softer sales start for This Unruly Mess, as compared to The Heist.
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis reach a new high on the Billboard Artist 100, which measures the week’s most popular artists across all genres, re-entering at No. 14 after a three-month absence on the chart.
‘Sleep’ Soars: Chris Brown leaps 14-5 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Back to Sleep,” scoring his 36th top 10 on the chart. A remix featuring Usher and Zayn (released Feb. 26) causes a 175 percent spike in the song’s overall downloads to 42,000 (all versions of the song are merged for tracking purposes), propelling the track up the chart. 69 percent of its sales stem from the new version.
Meanwhile, Brown’s Royalty remains in the top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (at No. 10) for an 11th straight week, since its crowning debut on the Jan. 9 chart — where it reigned for three weeks.
Rihanna Rules Airplay Charts: Rihanna collects three new airplay No. 1s, as “Work,” featuring Drake crowns Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (jumping 4-1 and earning her eighth chart-topper), Rhythmic Songs (3-1, her 12th No. 1) and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (2-1, her fifth leader).
The track remains at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fifth week, mostly due to streaming, with 44.4 million domestic streams logged through the week ending March 3. The amount of plays that the song received during the most recent tracking period is more than double that of the second-highest streamed song in the U.S.: Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” (17.2 million clicks).