Plus: Nipsey Hussle scores his first top five success on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Victory Lap.”
Black Panther: The Album produces its first top 10 hit on the Hot Rap Songs chart as “King’s Dead” by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake races 16-10 in its second chart frame (on the list dated March 3).
The tune surges 15-8 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs and climbs 26 percent to 21.2 million U.S. streams for the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. “Dead” also re-enters at No. 16 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (10,000 downloads for the week) and lifts 43-38 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, rising to 5 million in radio audience (up 16 percent) for the week ending Feb. 25.
With “Dead,” Future scores his 18th top 10 hit on Hot Rap Songs, and Lamar clocks his 13th. Blake and Jay Rock, meanwhile, each make their first visits to the chart’s top tier.
“Dead” also moves closer to the upper region Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as it ascends 20-13.
Meanwhile, Nipsey Hussle scores his first top five success on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums as Victory Lap arrives at No. 3 on both charts (dated March 3).The set opens with 52,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music.
Victory completes a long road to a debut studio album for the California native, who made his Billboard chart debut in 2010 with the single “The Life” on Epic Records. The rapper left the label and produced independent projects and charted mixtapes in the ensuing years, with 2013’s Crenshaw reaching No. 61 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums while Mailbox Money peaked at No. 18 in 2015.
Victory was released through the rapper’s own All Money In No Money Out label in conjunction with Atlantic Records.