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Chart Juice: Alicia Keys 'Girl On Fire' Returns to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

The Associated Press, Friday, January 11, 2013, 4:00pm (PST)

Billboard -- Despite decreased album sales across the board this week, two albums managed to rise in sales and position in the entire top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Alicia Keys ' "Girl on Fire" returns to No. 1 for a second week with 44,000 copies sold, up 6% according to Nielsen SoundScan. The increase is partly attributed to discounted pricing at major retailers last week, including Best Buy, which was selling the set for $6.99. "Girl on Fire" debuted atop the Dec. 15, 2012-dated chart, extending her streak of No. 1 albums to six.

R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" also rises 9-5 against the odds with a 7% increase to 23,000 copies, its best sales week since its 78,000 debut in October. Besides being on sale for $9.99 on iTunes last week, the increase corresponds with the duo's breakout single, "Thrift Shop," stepping 2-1 on both the Rap Songs and the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs charts (viewable on billboard.biz). The song sold 236,000 downloads last week.

Kendrick Lamar 's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" steps 3-2 this week with over 36,000 copies sold while T.I. 's "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" falls 1-3 with just under 36,000 (down 17%) after two weeks atop the chart. Rihanna's "Unapologetic" also falls 2-4 with a 60% decrease to 27,000 copies.

Meanwhile, things are starting to thaw over on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, even though the top four titles stay put for yet another week.

Rihanna 's "Diamonds" picks up a 14th week at the top, just one week shy of the Nielsen-era record for longest No. 1 run held by Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" (15 weeks). (Sales and airplay data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, respectively, began powering the chart in December of 1992.)

R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Right behind Rihanna is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," holding at No. 2. Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" is steady No. 3 and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pool" rests again at No. 4.

A$AP Rocky breaks into the top five for the first time as "F**kin Problems" steps 6-5, forcing Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean 's "Clique" to fall 6-5. 2 Chainz 's "I'm Different" also continues to climb moving 8-7 thanks in part to the 77,000 downloads it sold this past week to cross the 500,000 mark (513,000 release to date).

Miguel 's "Adorn" rebounds 10-8 in its 36th week on the chart while Lil Wayne 's "No Worries" (7-9) and Juicy J 's "Bandz a Make Her Dance" (9-10) both slip.

Songs threatening to enter the top 10 soon include T.I.'s "Ball," featuring Lil Wayne, which jumps 17-12, the Weeknd's "Wicked Games" with a 19-14 jump and Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything" which leaps 23-16 this week.

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Find more online: Billboard.com

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