Charts Don’t Lie: December 1

Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 1
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    Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on shelves with MMLP2. Em's standard for success has undoubtedly been raised higher than the average rapper, so if we were to compare those sales to that of Yo Gotti's opening week for I Am, you may not seem...
  • In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
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    This year marks landmark anniversaries for a number of essential albums. OutKast’s Southernplayalistic, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Nas’ Illmatic are just a few of the classic albums to turn 20. Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP and The Roots’ Things Fall Apart turn 15. Madvilliany and Kanye West’s The College Dropout both turn 10. Danger Mouse’s...
  • Underrated Audio: February 19-26
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    It seems like good music has been slow lately. Although we're still being bombarded with content on the daily, it seems like you have to wade through a lot to find the gems. Don't worry though, 'cause we've found the gems from the past week for you already. Check out cuts from Joey Bada$$, Logic and more that you might have overlooked. If you're feeling like it's more of...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: October 13
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    The past two weeks were dominated by Drake, who in turn dominated the charts with Nothing Was The Same. Now Justin Timberlake has taken over, with the release of  The 20/20 Experience 2, his second album in the span of a year, and his second album to debut at #1 in that same time. While this album has received generally much less favorable reviews than the first part, that hasn't stopped fans...
  • In The A: The Changing Faces Of Atlanta Hip-Hop
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    Atlanta, Georgia. The city bursting with waffle houses and strip clubs also happens to be one of today’s hip-hop capitals. Trap music has skyrocketed over the past couple years, ATL being its home. Twenty years ago, however, there was a much different picture in the A. The Dirty South was simply trying to garner recognition while the East and West Coasts shared a stranglehold on the rap scene....
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 9
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    There are only two new entries within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, and they belong to two rappers: ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi. As we said last week, Q was projected to move 150-160k, but fell slightly under that by moving 138,950 copies opening week. This was nevertheless an extremely strong showing from the TDE rapper, which gave him his first #1 debut as well as that of the label's....
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 9th
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    The debate as to whether charts do, or don't lie, rages on. On one hand, there are the numbers themselves. As to what they mean is a subjective matter. That said there is the argument that the numbers are incorrect. Weighted sales are one such issue. Particularly problematic in the late 90’s, weighted sales were a questionable algorithm included in Soundscan’s overall equation. It...
  • Charts Don't Lie: February 3rd
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    Kendrick Lamar was right, “real people want real music, the Jig Is Up.” With A$AP Rocky’s album leaking incredibly early, the very solid debut studio effort from the Harlemite continues to sell.  All the albums making our Charts this week are featured on some kind of “Best Of” list, and as far as Hip Hop/R&B sales are concerned, fans are purchasing quality projects from...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 14th
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    Pattern recognition: utilizing data to classify the present and better predict the future. For those of you following the charts week in and week out pattern recognition is a discipline worth employing. On an elementary level it reveals the fact that big names sell, female fans buy, and strong singles provide additional reach. However, an increasingly analytical approach reveals so much...
  • Charts Don't Lie: December 2nd
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    This week we saw pop star Rihanna, who also has one foot in the urban-sphere, rise to the top of the charts with her album Unapologetic. The LP was extremely pushed in all media markets, and her #RihannaPlane launched it into the internet stratosphere. Now we see how good advertising and promo can really effect sales--yes, Rihanna was a superstar in her own right prior to the album drop, but she...
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 26th
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    Charts Don’t Lie… how easily you’re hated. Understandably so considering math can be agitating. That said this ongoing chart is an aggregate of the best record keeping the industry has to offer. From Nielsen Soundscan to Billboard and beyond, these calculations are here to provide important information. And this week is no different. For starters, as projected, 2 Chainz took the...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: April 6
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    This week we don't have many new entries to speak of, save for Sage The Gemini's Remember Me. Depending on the numbers Smoke DZA's new album Dream.ZONE.Achieve did, we may or may not see it pop up on Charts Don't Lie next week, though. This week remains fairly unexciting, as Pharrell manages to climb up the charts while Rick Ross descends, and Pharrell picks up pace sales-wise too. YG's My Krazy...
  • Talking To Nipsey Hussle & 9th Wonder On "Face The World" & "TM3"
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    Although Nipsey Hussle has yet to release a debut album, the West Coast native keeps his fans locked with a steady flow of strong mixtapes. His Marathon series of mixtapes have seen Nipsey grow as an artist and evolve into someone unique in a rap game that is over-saturated with drug-talking and gang-affiliated rappers. The Marathon is continuing with the upcoming third mixtape, TM3: Victory...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 22
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    Last week we discussed the new effort from Beyonce which made waves in the internet over night, selling an astounding 80,000 units in just three hours. Apart from breaking an iTunes record, the album is well on its way to platinum, following the #newrules of her husband Jay Z. Bey surpassed her past record for first week sales, and it's possible that she'll maintain the #1 spot two weeks in a...
  • Charts Don't Lie: November 25th
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    Another week, another great showing from R&B artists on the sales charts.  Drake’s boy and fellow Toronto artist The Weeknd managed to nab the top spot here this week, and he did it all with only dropping three original tracks.  Look for Nicki Minaj to follow suit when her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re Up drops, although some retailers have not chomped at the bid to carry the...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 21st
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    HNHH continues to tackle the issue of sales in the hip-hop world. This week we had two new-comers top the charts, as well as an old head make an appearance. While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform the best this week, it's becoming more and more obvious that major labels may slowly be heading the way of the tall T, as independent labels manage to do it just as big. Not for nothing...
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