Just one week after "Beyonce" surprised the world and debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, its lead single "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, opens at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The addictive cut reached 23.3 million listeners on-air and garnered 6.3 million U.S. streams in the Dec. 18-24 Nielsen BDS tracking week. It also sold 61,000 downloads in its first week of availability, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The confluence of activity nets Beyonce her highest debut yet, passing her featured turn on Usher's "Love in this Club Part II" which debuted at No. 14 in 2008. Her previous best opening as a lead artist was No. 20 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in 2008. ("Drunk In Love's" high debut is also aided by the chart's revised methodology, implemented in October of 2012.)
Eminem continues his No. 1 run atop the list with "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, posting an eighth consecutive leading week -- it debuted at the summit on Nov. 16 and has yet to vacate the perch. Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," featuring Majid Jordan, is displaced 2-3 by Beyonce's debut, as is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "White Walls," featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis (3-4), Mike WiLL Made It's "23," featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J (4-5) and YG's "My Hitta," featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan (5-6).
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell (6-7), and Jay Z's "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake (7-8), each also fall one position while Kid Ink's "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, skips 11-9 to a new peak with Airplay Gainer honors. The DJ Mustard-produced track rose 22% to 31.3 million listener impressions, its highest audience number yet.
Chris Brown's "Love More," featuring Nicki Minaj, slips 8-10 to close out the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' top 10.
Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Beyonce's self-titled fifth studio album stays put at No. 1 with 374,000 units (a modest 39% drop). Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" moves up two positions (4-2) with a 39% rise to 115,000 copies as does Mary J. Blige's "A Mary Christmas" (5-3) with a 25% lift to 64,000.
R. Kelly's "Black Panties" tumbles 2-4 with a 55% drop to 60,000 in its second week while Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)" skips 7-5 with an 89% bump to 45,000 to round out the top five.
Just outside the region, B.o.B's "Underground Luxury" opens at No. 7 with 35,000 copies. His first two studio albums -- "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray" and "Strange Clouds" -- debuted atop the chart with 84,000 (in 2010) and 76,000 (in 2012), respectively. The current set's lead single "HeadBand," featuring 2 Chainz, reaches a new peak of No. 17 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week.