The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts: Drake Is Top Artist for Record Fifth Year

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He additionally claims 2018's prime album & music on the year-end R&B/hip-hop charts.

Drake provides one more document to his Billboard résumé, as he leads the 2018 year-end Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists rating for an unprecedented fifth time. The celebrity extends his title protection to a fourth consecutive yr (having led the checklist in 2015, 2016 and 2017), along with his first coronation in 2012. With 5 year-end finishes, Drake overtakes the document he shared with R. Kelly, who led the checklist on 4 events: 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2001.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based mostly on chart efficiency through the charts dated Dec. 2, 2017, to Nov. 17, 2018. Data registered earlier than or after a title’s chart run shouldn't be thought-about in these standings. That methodology element, and the December-to-November time interval, account for among the variations between these lists and the calendar-year recaps which are independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

This time, Drake traces his huge yr to Scorpion, which ends the yr because the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album. The set, which posted 5 weeks on the corresponding Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart No. 1 through the 2018 chart yr (Dec. 2, 2017 by means of Nov. 17, 2018), is Drake’s fourth time on the helm of the annual rating. He beforehand was prime of the category in 2012 with Take Care, 2015 with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and 2016 with Views.

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And sure, the 6 God completes the holy trinity by additionally claiming the yr’s No. 1 title on the 2018 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs recap with “God’s Plan.” The single debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs rating in February and clocked 11 consecutive weeks on the summit, tied for the longest reign of any observe this yr with fellow Scorpion minimize “In My Feelings.”

“Plan” duplicates its top-dog standing on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 recap, Drake’s first time within the winner’s circle.

In addition to his aforementioned triple crown, Drake likewise posts one other hat trick because the No. 1 artist on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales and R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs charts.

New ‘WRLD’ Order: Meanwhile, Juice WRLD snags the Top New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist honor due to a formidable set of singles and hit album. The rookie first broke through the summer season with a pair of streaming-friendly tracks: “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams.” While the previous peaked at No. 20 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and spent 20 weeks on the chart, the latter mixed its constantly excessive streams with a late surge in airplay to achieve No. 1 on the checklist for 2 weeks in October.

Fans shortly proved the now 20-year-old Chicago native was no two-hit marvel. His debut studio set, Goodbye & Good Riddance, opened at No. three on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and spent its first 22 weeks contained in the chart’s prime 10.

In addition to his personal set, the artist (born Jared Higgins) earned a formidable co-sign in his rookie season by collaborating with Future on the joint album, Future & Juice WRLD Present…WRLD on Drugs, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in November.

Ella Mai Takes Radio Prize: Though Drake is the yr’s prime artist on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, 2018’s prime music belongs to Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up.” In an period of incessant on the spot viral hits, this music took the scenic route, taking greater than a yr to bloom from a languishing R&B minimize to a record-breaking radio hit.

Mai initially uploaded “Boo’d” in February 2017 alongside her Ready EP. Reception started to develop, although, after the British singer-songwriter opened a number of dates for Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage Tour and radio airplay started slowly however steadily bettering. The uptick hit its stride within the spring of 2018, and robust reception from each grownup and mainstream audiences helped the music scale the summit of the weekly R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in June.

Though the march to No. 1 was sluggish, the reward was wealthy. “Boo’d” held onto the rank for 16 straight weeks, an unparalleled feat for any music by a lady and the second-best exhibiting of any title within the chart’s 25-year historical past. By topping the chart for practically one-third of a yr, “Boo’d” not solely lays secures its standing because the 2018 champ, however Mai’s debut single additionally earns a spot among the many largest R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay hits of all time.

Beyond its radio feat, “Boo’d” additionally wraps 2018 as the highest observe on the R&B Streaming Songs and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay charts. Plus, its 13-week standing at No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs helps Mai declare the consideration of the yr’s prime Hot R&B Songs artist.