A special mention must go to SZA, who experienced a really incredible year on the back of her album CTRL. The album spent 19 weeks inside the Billboard Top 20, which represents 13.2% of all R&B albums inside the top 20 of the Billboard 200. She has also spent 12 consecutive weeks in the Hot 100 top 20 courtesy of her collaboration with Maroon 5, "What Lovers Do".
35 weeks in total (out of a possible 104) have seen a Hip-Hop song or album on top of the Billboard charts, compared with 29 in 2016. Both DAMN. and More Life spent 3 weeks at the pinnacle of the Billboard 200, equalling Taylor Swift’s figure, though it was The Weeknd’s Starboy that dominated the number 1 position on the album charts, spending 5 weeks at the top.
Finally, there is "Humble", proof lyricism and deep content still has a place on the charts, and political and social messages can sneak into the club if delivered in the right way.
Hip-Hop was just part of the pack in 2016. R&B outcharted it inside both the top 10 and top 20 (albums and singles). In 2017, it flew to new heights, dominating every other genre.