R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition’ & ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ Return to Charts After ‘Surviving R. Kelly’


Plus: One of his greatest-hits collections re-enters Top R&B Albums & debuts on the Billboard 200.

In the wake of Lifetime’s six-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary collection, which aired on the community from Jan. Three-5, two of the titular artist’s hottest recordings — “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly” — return to the R&B Digital Song Sales chart.

R. Kelly's “Ignition” lands at No. 12 on R&B Digital Song Sales with a 191 p.c surge in week-over-week purchases. The single registered 2000 downloads offered within the week ending Jan. 10, based on Nielsen Music, its finest gross sales week in almost two years, because it additionally moved 2,000 copies within the week ending Jan. 12, 2017.

In phrases of chart efficiency, the present No. 12 “Ignition” place is the monitor’s finest displaying because it ranked at No. 9 for 2 straight weeks in April 2013.

“Ignition” served because the lead single for R. Kelly’s 2003 album, Chocolate Factory. The track spent 5 weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that spring, blocked from the highest by 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.”

Though “Ignition” doesn’t return to the R&B Streaming Songs chart, U.S. clicks of the monitor additionally rose sharply following the documentary’s premiere. “Ignition” pulled Three.1 million U.S. on-demand streams within the week ending Jan. 10, based on Nielsen Music, up 37 p.c in contrast with the earlier body.

Meanwhile, one other Kelly hit, “I Believe I Can Fly” additionally experiences a resurgence. The monitor debuts at No. 16 on R&B Digital Song Sales with 2000 copies offered, its highest gross sales week for the reason that seven-day window ending Feb. 25, 2016.

“Fly,” which featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 movie Space Jam, reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 for 4 weeks — behind Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” — and gained Kelly three Grammy Awards, together with finest R&B track.

Beyond the pair, two different Kelly catalog cuts scored noteworthy streaming positive aspects within the monitoring window. “Trapped within the Closet,” first launched in 2005, clocked 2.7 million U.S. streams (up 194 p.c), whereas the previous Hot 100 No. 1, 1994’s “Bump N’ Grind” notched 2.Three million clicks (a 58 p.c increase).

The songs’ exercise positive aspects assist the album The Essential R. Kelly rally to a No. 19 re-entry on the Top R&B Albums chart. It revisits the listing for the primary time since 2015 and at its highest place since June 2014. Essenitial additionally debuts at No. 144 on the Billboard 200 and No. 46 on the Top Catalog Albums chart. The two-disc biggest hits assortment earned 7,000 equal album models within the week ending Jan. 10, based on Nielsen Music. 

“Ignition” and “Fly” are each given detailed mentions within the Surviving R. Kelly documentary, which examines many bodily and sexual abuse allegations surrounding the R&B hitmaker up to now 25 years.