Weekly review of the top sales on the Hip Hop and R&B charts.
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 crown:
1.) 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story: With the number one single on Billboard’s “Hip Hop/R&B Songs” chart for three weeks in a row, 2 Chainz now has the number one album as well. 145,809 copies of his debut flew off the digital/physical shelves opening week. Suffice it to say the man with extra gold across his breast is hoping to find some more.
2.) Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t: Though Rozay has been dethroned, his numbers are still steadier than anyone else as of late. With 41,186 records to be added to his tally, he is now well over 300k in just three weeks. It looks as though it’s certain he’ll have another gold plaque.
3.) Insane Clown Posse – Mighty Death Pop: Though their fans were recently declared a national threat, the men that lead them are surviving in stride. At least numerically. Their 11th album in 20 years entered the charts at number three this week with 39,337 sold.
5.) Elle Varner – Perfectly Impatient: Though Billboard puts her in fourth; with only 13,213 it’s difficult to see why. Perhaps they have opposing data, but as usual they’re unwilling to unveil it. Either way the songstress is still garnering attention in this cutthroat market.
In other news Bob Marley’s classic compilation, “Legend,” jumped back into the top of the pops with over 16K sold this past week. Why, is no mystery. Well at least not where music is concerned. As for streaming news 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne’s “Yuck” jumped up the poll rankings, and Flo Rida’s “Whistle” is steady getting love. Some things stay the same, but a lot changed in-spite of this insightful adage. Next week will be another story.