Chris Brown’s « Loyal » reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, jumping 10-6 while taking home the chart’s Digital and Streaming Gainer awards.
With the third — and seemingly final version — of the song (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) being released on March 26, « Loyal » rises 52% to 53,000 downloads (of which 19.8% were of the new mix) sold in the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
French Montana and Too $hort were featured along with Wayne on previous incarnations of « Loyal, » but Tyga’s verse made the song’s March 24th-released official video, which caused streams to more-than-double during the chart week by 103% to 4.1 million, according to Nielsen BDS.
Sevyn Streeter, signed to Brown’s CBE imprint, follows in her label boss’ footsteps as her latest single « nEXt » opens at No. 39. The track was recently re-worked, with Streeter enlisting buzzing Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink for a verse. That version was made available for sale on March 25, resulting in a 209 percent lift in downloads to 5,000 for the week. A video featuring Ink premiered the following day, aiding a 310 percent spike in overall U.S. streams to 503,000
Further tying the aforementioned acts together, Kid Ink’s second single « Main Chick, » featuring Brown, debuts at No. 42 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The pair’s previous collaboration, « Show Me, » is in its 14th week in the list’s top 10 and has sold 1.1 million downloads to date.
At the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Pharrell’s « Happy » posts an eighth consecutive week at No. 1 followed by John Legend’s « All of Me, » Jason Derulo’s « Talk Dirty, » Aloe Blacc’s « The Man » and Beyonce’s « Drunk in Love » all holding tight at Nos. 2-5, respectively. Chris Brown’s aforementioned « Loyal » (10-6) pushes « Show Me » (7-8) down one position, as well as Eminem’s « The Monster » (7-8).
Trey Songz’s « Na Na » stays put at No. 9 despite gaining across all three chart metrics. On-air, the DJ Mustard-produced track rose 7% to 35.1 million listener impressions while streaming-wise, it increased 4 percent to 2.4 million hits. Digitally, « Na Na » had its best sales week yet with a 9 percent gain to 37,000. It has now sold 251,000 units to date.
YG’s « My Hitta » closes out the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 with 8-10 dip.
Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Pharrell nets his first No. 1 as « G I R L » steps 2-1 in its fourth week. Despite eroding 26% to 25,000 copies, Pharrell’s set outsold last week’s No. 1 debut, YG’s « My Krazy Life, » which falls to No. 2 after dropping 63% to 23,000. Rick Ross’ « Mastermind » (19,000, down 31%) and Beyonce’s self-titled set (16,000, down 17%) hold onto the Nos. 3 and 4 positions, respectively, while Aloe Blacc’s « Lift Your Spirit » (14,000, down 3%) moves 6-5 to close out the region.
Debuting in the top 10 of the list is Christon Gray’s « School of Roses » which moves 8,000 copies to open at No. 9 with Hot Shot Debut honors. The 25-year-old singer/songwriter/producer/rapper has already graced multiple Billboard charts as a member of Christian rap outfit W.L.A.K. (We Live as Kings), whose self-titled debut set opened at No. 1 on Gospel Albums in March 2013 (with 6,000 sold). Gray took a more secular approach to his Collision Records debut, focusing on love, relationships and real-life situations as opposed to strict praise and worship-related matters.
Sage the Gemini’s debut full-length « Remember Me » narrowly misses the top 10, entering at No. 11 with 7,000. His « Gas Pedal: the EP » debuted and peaked at No. 29 on the list in August 2013 and has sold 40,000 to date. Both « The EP » and « Remember Me » house Sage’s breakout hits « Gas Pedal » (featuring IamSu!) and « Red Nose, » which peaked at Nos. 6 and 14, respectively, on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last year. « Gas Pedal » has sold 1.4 million downloads and even spurred a Justin Bieber remix (featured on « Remember Me. » Perhaps surprisingly, the Bieber remix is responsible for just 3 percent of the song’s total sales.