Hip Hop Singles Sales: Rihanna, The Weeknd, Young Money

Hip Hop Singles Sales: Rihanna, The Weeknd, Young Money

“FourFiveSeconds” breaks Gold in its third week at #1 and The Weeknd jumps to #2.

A month after its release, Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” topped the Hip Hop & R&B singles chart for a third week in a row. The rest of the list features a mostly familiar cast that includes The Weeknd at #2 and Nicki Minaj at #3.

Lower down the list, Drake’s surprise album release earned him a handful of singles littered throughout the Top 50. Drake broke into the Top 10 with “Energy” at #6 while other If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late tracks like “Preach,” “Legend,” and “10 Bands” rose to #16, #24, and #26 respectively.

“FourFiveSeconds” Picks Up Steam

For the third week in a row a collaboration from Kanye West, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney has claimed the #1 spot on the Hip Hop and R&B singles charts. Impressively, the song, which has been available for a full month now, is still climbing with a sales count 44% higher than last week. “FourFiveSeconds” sold another 261,306 singles at last count, enough to push the track well over the Gold record milestone with a total of 632,979 songs sold.

The Weeknd Jumps To #2

Thanks to the release of the widely popular (and much disparaged) new 50 Shades of Grey film, The Weeknd’s original soundtrack offering “Earned It” jumped from #7 to #2 in the latest reported sales period. The track, which has been on the charts for two months now, pushed just over a hundred grand most recently, a 76% sales spike and enough to bring its total up to 427,351.

Just below the Top 10 The Weeknd’s second song on the same soundtrack, “Where You Belong,” climbed up to #15 in its first week of availability.

Young Money Trio At #3

Despite all of the ongoing Cash Money Young Money drama Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj have remained steady in the Top 10 with a pair of singles that find the whole trio on both. Minaj’s “Truffle Butter” sold 69,669 last week while “Only” clocked at #9 thanks to another 43,302 sales.

Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales For Week Ending 02/15/2015

#1. Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds” – 261,306 (632,979)

#2. The Weeknd – “Earned It” – 101,333 (427,351)

#3. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” – 69,669 (243,073)

#4. Usher feat. Juicy J – “I Don’t Mind” – 67,554 (645,911)

#5. Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini – “GDFR” – 63,911 (620,960)

#6. Drake – “Energy” – 63,463 (63,463)

#7. Ne-Yo feat. Juicy J – “She Knows” – 50,583 (421,926)

#8. Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih – “Somebody” – 44,770 (124,495)

#9. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne – “Only” – 43,302 (909,538)

#10. Big Sean feat. E-40 – “I Don’t F**k You” – 43,103 (1,268,484)

Last Week’s Sales