Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week our newest entry in Charts Don't Lie is the former G.O.O.D. Music representer, Kid Cudi. The rapper announced his departure from G.O.O.D. Music shortly before the release of INDICUD, to the shock of most. Although Cudder assured fans it was an amicable split, it nonetheless gets us wondering as to the root cause. Cudder blames it on wanting to carve out his very own lane in the music industry, with his label Wicked Awesome. INDICUD was Cudi's second release on Wicked Awesome, which did much better than the first, WZRD. Although INDICUD did debut at #2, it has not received rave reviews, but mildly positive ones. Could a lack of guidance from Kanye West on this third studio album be a reason for the mediocre reviews? Or was it just chance that this album didn't do as well, both review-wise and sales-wise, as his last one, MOTM2?
1) Kid Cudi—INDICUD: Kid Cudi’s third solo album, INDICUD, moved respectable numbers in its first week on shelves, even without being released through G.O.O.D. Music . Nonetheless, it didn’t sell as much as his sophomore effort, Man On The Moon II. INDICUD moved 139,242 copies, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. He lost the #1 position to Fall Out Boy, whose album sold 148,705.
2) Justin Timberlake—The 20/20 Experience: Just Timberlake’s album remains consistent from week-to-week, keeping the #3 spot on the charts locked. His album sold another 78,023 copies over the week, down 20% in sales.
4) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis—The Heist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have already gone platinum with their newest single, “Can’t Hold Us,” so these two definitely aren’t going anywhere for a while. There’s more good news for the rapper and producer duo, as their album saw an increase in sales over the past week, rising up six spots. They sold another 29, 689 copies of The Heist.
5) Tyga—Hotel California: T-Raww’s album dropped quite a bit from his #7 debut spot last week. Tyga’s Hotel California moved 16,743 units this past week, decreasing 67% in sales. The LP landed at #21.
6) Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y—Live In Concert EP: Although this project was first supposed to be a free one, Wiz and Spitta ended up going the retail way in order to assure neither rapper would get in trouble over sample issues. Nonetheless, fans of the weed smokers supported the project, which dropped on 4/20. The iTunes release managed to debut at #27 this week, selling 12,985 units.
7) Tyler, The Creator—WOLF: Tyler’s third studio album continues to drop on the charts week after week, since its release. While it debuted at #3, the OF rapper has been unable to maintain the momentum. This week, the album dropped to #41, moving 9,857 copies of WOLF.
Kendrick Lamar continues to hold on to spot in top 50 on the charts, with good kid, m.A.A.d city at #42 this week, having moved another 9k. As well, we skipped over Rihanna’s Unapologetic this week, but the singer is still strong at her #23 spot. The album moved around 16k.