Believe it or not, we’re only a week away from the release of Janet Jackson’s first album in seven years, Unbreakable (out October 2). So far we’ve heard“No Sleeep” and the title track, but the icon’s breathed new life into the joint with “Burn It Up,” a heel-nipping track featuring Missy Elliott that she just premiered on BBC Radio 1. Elliott’s in fine form, doing a tongue-twisting verse to usher in Jackson’s perfectly aerated harmonizing. Give “Burn It Up” a spin right here (or here).
Janet Jackson in the video for "No Sleeep."Courtesy Photo
Also: Drake bounds into Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 20 with "Right Hand."
Janet Jackson spends a fifth week atop Adult R&B Songs (dated Oct. 3) with “No Sleeep,” featuring J. Cole, matching her longest reign (and only other No. 1), achieved when “I Get Lonely” led the chart for five consecutive weeks in 1998. Jackson has posted a total of 27 entries since the chart launched in 1993, including 11 top 10s. “No Sleeep” remains at No. 1 despite a 5 percent decline in spins during the tracking week ending Sept. 20, according to Nielsen Music.
Drake’s ‘Right Hand’ Rises: Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake soars 47-20 with “Right Hand,” earning the Digital Gainer award (up 346 percent, to 31,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 17) and its best-selling week since its July 31 commercial release. “Right Hand” becomes the rapper’s 57th top 20 on the chart -- of his overall 109 charted titles. The track bows at No. 66 on theBillboard Hot 100, joining his concurrently charting songs “Hotline Bling” (No. 9), and “Back to Back” (No. 33).
Jay Rock and T.I. Top Rap Albums: Two new sets arrive atop Rap Albums, led by Jay Rock’s 90059 (15,000 copies sold). The 30-year-old Los Angeles-based rapper scores his first No. 1 with the arrival, besting his No. 10 entry with Follow Me Home in 2011 (5,000 first week units).
The No. 2 entrance belongs to T.I., under his alternate billing Tip, with five-song EP Da’ Nic (13,000). The release gives the rapper his 12th charted set, dating to the chart's first week (June 26, 2004), when Trap Muzik started at No. 16 (after its entrance on the Billboard 200 at No. 4 on Sept. 6, 2003). Tip was a childhood nickname and his stage name until he shortened it upon signing with Arista Records in 1999 and shared the roster with Q-Tip.