On the charts: Week ending 11/18

This week’s top 10 songs and albums on the Billboard charts (12/03 issue).

Hot 100
01. (01) Rae Sremmurd – “Black Beatles” ft. Gucci Mane (*2 weeks*)
02. (02) The Chainsmokers – “Closer” ft. Halsey
03. (03) The Weeknd – “Starboy” ft. Daft Punk
04. (07) Ariana Grande – “Side to Side” ft. Nicki Minaj
05. (04) twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
06. (06) Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
07. (05) DJ Snake – “Let Me Love You” ft. Justin Bieber
08. (08) Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – “Juju on the Beat (TZ Anthem)”
09. (09) D.R.A.M. – “Broccoli” ft. Lil Yachty
10. (10) Maroon 5 – “Don’t Wanna Know” ft. Kendrick Lamar

With gains in streaming and sales “Black Beatles” remains at #1 for a second week. The song was streamed 54.1 million times (up 25%) and downloaded 154,000 times (up 7%). It’s the largest streaming sum since Adele’s “Hello” started with over 60 million streams last fall.

A sale pricing to 69 cents and the release of a lyrics video doesn’t help “Starboy” ovcercome “Closer” and they both remain at #3 and #2 respectively. The Weeknd, however, gains by 34% to 84,000 downloads and by 6% in streaming to 24.8 million.

Billboard 200
01. (–) A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thanks 4 Your Service
02. (04) Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas 
03. (03) Various Artists – Trolls Soundtrack 
04. (05) Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 
05. (08) Drake – VIEWS
06. (09) Broadway Cast – Hamilton: An American Musical
07. (48) Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
08. (06) The Chainsmokers – Collage (EP)
09. (–) Sting – 57th & 9th 
10. (12) Various Artists – Suicide Squad Sountrack

A Tribe Called Quest return to the top of the album chart after 20 years. Their new album debuts at #1 with sales of 112,000. Their previous #1 album was Beats, Rhymes and Life, which was released in 1996.

Leonard Cohens’s You Want It Darker returns to the top 10 at #7, following his death. The album had debuted at #10 a few weeks ago and it sold 28,000 copies (up 188%) this week achieving a new peak.

Sting debuts at #9 with his new album 57th & 9th. The British singer was the protagonist of Bataclan’s re-opening with a special concert on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shook Paris on November 13 last year. The album is his 11th top 10 title and sold 28,000 copies in its first week.

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
01. (10) Rae Sreemmurd – “Black Beatles” ft. Gucci Mane
02. (01) Chance The Rapper – “No Problem” ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
03. (02) Young M.A. – “OOOUUU”
04. (03) Rihanna – “Needed Me”
05. (05) Kanye West – “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1”
06. (08) DJ Khaled – “Do You Mind” ft. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown & August Alsina
07. (04) D.R.A.M. – “Broccoli”
08. (07) PARTYNEXTDOOR – “Come And See Me” ft. Drake
09. (09) Tory Lanez – “Luv”
10. (15) Mary J. Blige – “Thick of It”

“Black Beatles” conquers the top spot with a quick jump from #10.

Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It” is up to #10, making it the Hip-Hop/Soul Queen’s first top 10 hit since 2011’s collaboration with Drake, “Mr. Wrong.”

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