Also, The Weeknd debuts & Nicki Minaj achieves a Rap Airplay record.
Drake enters at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (along with a Billboard 200 No. 1) with his surprise release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The entrance spurs 10 of the album’s tracks onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, led by “Energy,” which takes the Hot Shot debut at No. 17. The track sold 63,000 digital downloads in the week ending Feb. 15 according to Nielsen Music, more than double the next biggest song from the new set (“Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor, with 30,000), and launching it onto Rap Digital Songs at No. 4.
In total, Drake has 14 tracks on the latest Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, tying his own record for the most concurrently charting songs. (He last notched 14 on the Oct. 12, 2013-dated chart, when his Nothing Was the Same album debuted, causing an influx of new arrivals.)
Drake’s 14 titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (dated Feb. 28, 2015):
No. 4 – “Only,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 6 – “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 14 – “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen, featuring Drake
No. 17 – “Energy” (Debut)
No. 18 – “Blessings,” Big Sean, featuring Drake
No. 25 – “Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor (Debut)
No. 26 – “Legend” (Debut)
No. 27 – “10 Bands” (Debut)
No. 30 – “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne (Debut)
No. 34 – “No Tellin’” (Debut)
No. 38 – “Jungle” (Debut)
No. 44 – “6PM In New York” (Debut)
No. 45 – “Now & Forever” (Debut)
No. 46 – “6 Man” (Debut)
All the action surrounding the release propels Drake 21-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, becoming the first rapper to top the list (which measures the week’s most popular artists across all genres).
Drake Becomes First Rapper to Top Artist 100
The Weeknd Arrives: Also debuting on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is The Weeknd, as he enters at No. 31 with “Where You Belong” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. Spotify plays accounted for 83 percent of the track’s overall 416,000 domestic weekly streams, while digital downloads for the song surpassed 30,000 — grabbing a No. 9 debut on R&B Digital Songs. The singer also takes the Streaming Gainer tag for another Fifty album cut: “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” leaping 10-2 on the chart.
Nicki Minaj Earns Rap Airplay Record: Over on Rap Airplay (viewable on billboard.biz), Nicki Minaj becomes the first female lead act to hold the top two spots as “Truffle Butter” steps 3-2 (up 24 percent to 32.3 million audience impressions) while “Only” holds at No. 1 for a second consecutive week.
The last woman to reside in the top two slots was Ashanti on the chart dated April 6, 2002. However, she was the featured artist on both of the cuts in the top two that week: Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?” was at No. 1 while Ja Rule’s “Always On Time” was No. 2.
Prior to Ashanti, Eve was the first to achieve the feat when she held both top spots in 2000. The rapper was a featured act on Missy Elliott’s “Hot Boyz” also featuring Nas and Q-Tip, while Eve’s own “Love Is Blind,” featuring Faith Evans, held the No. 2 slot the same week.