Chart Breakdown: Week of November 25th

Chart Breakdown is a weekly feature watching the Billboard Charts, which track the performance of songs nationwide. 

Post Malone is enjoying a fifth week on top of the world in this edition of the Chart Breakdown

His smash hit “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage is the Number One Song in the USA for a fifth consecutive week.

The most streamed track in the nation, “Rockstar” holds off Camila Cabello and Young Thug‘s “Havana” for a second week in a row, keeping that track in place at Number Two. Cardi B‘s “Bodak Yellow’ hangs tight at Number Three this week, it topped the Hot 100 prior to “Rockstar”‘s run.

Let’s take a closer look inside the Rap and R&B/Hip Hop genres specifically:

Note: Billboard groups Hip Hop and R&B together as a single genre while Rap is counted separately. Even so, songs can be counted in both categories. 

R&B/Hip Hop

“Rockstar” tops this week’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart again, followed by “Bodak Yellow” at #2. “Rockstar” is the most streamed and downloaded track of the week while “Bodak” is the most played on radio, but Cardi should be careful as “Rockstar” is gaining in airplay as well.

“1-800-273-8255” hangs tight at #3 ahead of “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump which bumped up to #4 last week and stays there again this time around.

An all-star collab takes the 5 spot this week: “No Limit” by G-Easy Money featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. The track rises from Number 10 and makes Cardi B the only artist with two tracks in the Top Five.

Rap

Even with a little shakeup of things, the top five over on the Hot Rap Songs Chart is exactly the same as the top 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart, further evidence of the absolute dominance of Rap in popular music at the moment. The highest charting song on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart to not appear on the Hot Rap Songs chart is “Young Dumb and Broke” by Khalid, the biggest R&B hit in the nation.

Albums

This week’s biggest R&B/Hip Hop album and biggest Rap album are the different this week. Top Hip Hop Honors go to an old talent: Chris Brown. His new project Heartbreak on a Full Moon stays on top for the second week in a row. Meanwhile the nation’s top Rap album remains Without Warning  by 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin for a second consecutive week.

Rap continues to dominate the chart, but some new genre acts are starting to break through. Can any of them really shake things up? Stay tuned and we’ll tell you about it on the next Chart Breakdown!

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Dante Mazza