Usher Earns 13th No. 1 On Hot RB/Hip-Hop Songs

Usher, 2014

Usher photographed on October 17, 2014 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

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Plus, Ne-Yo leads album debuts, while Nicki Minaj scores her 20th top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Usher tops Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time in nearly three years, as “I Don’t Mind,” featuring Juicy J, steps 2-1 to become Usher’s 13th No. 1 on the ranking.

Where do 13 No. 1s place Usher among acts with the most Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart-toppers dating to 1958 (when the survey rolled in multiple lists to become the first all-encompassing chart for the genre)? He ties late icons Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson for sixth place. Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most leaders in that span:

20, Aretha Franklin
20, Stevie Wonder
17, James Brown
15, Janet Jackson
14, the Temptations
13, Marvin Gaye
13, Michael Jackson
13, Usher
12, Drake
11, R. Kelly
11, Gladys Knight/the Pips

A 5 percent bump to 4.8 million domestic weekly streams helps boost “Mind” to the top, according to Nielsen Music. Among streaming services, Vevo on YouTube views account for 1.5 million clicks, while Spotify chipped in 2.2 million. The track is able to scale the chart despite a 13 percent dip in digital downloads (to 54,000).

The climb gives assisting act Juicy J scores his first No. 1 on the chart, besting his previous No. 2 peak as a feature on Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23,” also featuring Miley Cyrus and Wiz Khalifa, in January 2014.

Usher — who remains at No. 41 for a third consecutive week (after reaching No. 38) on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (which ranks the week’s most popular artists across all genres) — had last led Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Climax” for 11 weeks in 2012. The reign tied the 11-week command of “You Make Me Wanna…,” in 1997, for his longest.

Ne-Yo’s ‘Non-Fiction’ New at No. 1: Ne-Yo notches his fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as Non-Fiction enters at the summit with 49,000 sold. (All his No. 1s have started at the top.) It’s his first entrance since R.E.D arrived at No. 1 with 66,000 in November 2012.

Meanwhile, the set’s “Time of Our Lives,” with Pitbull (which also appears on Pitbull’s latest set, Globalization), spends a second week atop Rap Digital Songs, rising 27 percent in sales to 83,000, helping lift it 3-1 on Hot Rap Songs. Streaming also saw a gain, rising 19 percent to 3.4 million streams, led by 2.1 million Spotify plays. Non-Fiction enters as the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard 200, landing at No. 5.

Charlie Wilson Returns: With the chart’s second-best-selling bow, R&B vet Charlie Wilson scores a No. 2 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Forever Charlie (25,000 units). The debut marks Wilson’s fifth top 10 and follows his chart-topping start with Love, Charlie (44,000) in 2013. The singer, affectionately known as Uncle Charlie, continues a steady climb on Adult R&B Songs, where lead single “Goodnight Kisses” steps 12-11 (a new peak). Action surrounding the album and single earns Wilson a spot on the Artist 100, where he debuts at No. 47. 

Nicki’s 20th Top 10: Nicki Minaj soars 20-9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, marking her milestone 20th top 10, with “Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake & Lil Wayne. Minaj extends her record for the most top 10s among female rappers over Super Bowl halftime star Missy Elliott, who’s posted 12. The leap also gives Lil Wayne his 41st top 10 and Drake his 39th. 

Streaming for “Butter,” the chart’s top Streaming Gainer and Digital Gainer, leaps by 791 percent, with Spotify plays reaching 1.7 million, accounting for 90 percent of overall weekly clicks. Digital sales likewise vault (72,000, up 162 percent), as the track bounds 8-2 on Rap Digital Songs. The multiplatform jumps help rocket the track 71-27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ciara Debuts: Ciara takes the Hot Shot Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, entering at No. 27 with her latest single, “I Bet.” It’s the singer’s 26th hit on the chart and her first in almost two years: “I’m Out,” featuring Minaj, reached No. 13 in 2013. “I Bet” (also new on the Hot 100 at No. 96) is the lead single from Ciara’s upcoming studio album, Jackie.

–Additional reporting by Gary Trust