Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week we welcome a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, Kid Ink. Kid Ink is a prime example of a rapper who took his internet fame way past the internet. The Alumni rapper is now signed to a major label, and was able to successfully release his debut album My Own Lane-- he actually surpassed the sales projections of 40-45k. Ink sold a respectable 50k, which isn't too shabby for an artist who is not quite mainstream yet, although it's only a matter of time until he gets there. Jhene Aiko's Sail Out EP actually saw a bit of a rise this past week, after falling off for a few weeks. And while B.o.B hasn't been having the best time on the charts, Underground Luxury did see a rise this week, up several spots from last week. Check out how our other hip-hop artists fared this past week below.
1) Beyonce— Beyonce: After spends her second consecutive week at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the “Frozen” soundtrack keeps the #1 spot occupied. After charting for five weeks, Bey pushed out 78,881 copies, making her total sales 1,510,763.
2) Kid Ink— My Own Lane: West Coast rapper Kid Ink nabbed a top 3 debut on the Billboard charts with his debut album My Own Lane. The RCA-signed rapper didn’t do too shabby when it comes to opening week sales, as he sold 50,445 units. We’ll have to see where he takes it from here, and if he’s able to maintain his position on the charts.
3) Eminem— The Marshall Mathers LP 2: Eminem remains a force on the Billboard 200, although he got pushed out of #3 and is now sitting at #4. Em’s been charting for ten weeks now, and sold another 36,000 units of his album. His total sales are nearing the 2x platinum mark, with 1,817,000.
4) R. Kelly— Black Panties: Mr. Kellz climbs up one spot on the charts this week, from #11 to #10. Black Panties is faring pretty well thus far, moving another 17,000 units this past week with total sales of 286,000.
5) Drake—Nothing Was The Same: The Toronto native continues to stay afloat on the Billboard 200 with NWTS, which has been charting for 16 weeks. The album saw a rise this past week from #15 to #11, while it moved 17,000 units. Drizzy’s total sales are 1,385,000.
6) Justin Timberlake— The 20/20 Experience 2: Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 climbed up just one spot this week to #16. His album sold 12,000 units over the last seven days, bringing his grand total up to 814,000, as he approaches the 1 million mark.
7) Childish Gambino— Because The Internet: Childish’s album has done a bit of an up-and-down on the Billboard charts since its debut. This week it’s down a bit, having dropped to #20 from #18. After spending five weeks on the charts, Donald Glover moved 11,192 units.
8) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis— The Heist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis descended a few spots this week, dropping to #25. They’ve been charting for 66 weeks and continue to push albums off the shelves, moving 9,500 units over this week. Their total sales for The Heist are 1,256,000.
9) Jhene Aiko— Sail Out EP: Jhene Aiko continues to find success with her EP Sail Out. This week was a pretty good one for, as the project moved up the charts to #30 from #49 last week. The EP sold 6,544 units after 8 weeks of charting.
10) B.o.B— Underground Luxury: Bobby Ray’s album may not be performing too well, but it’s not done just yet. The rapper’s third album rose up this week to #31 after having dropped to #36 last week. He’s only been charting for four weeks, and moved around 6k this week.
Kendrick Lamar remains charting with good kid, m.A.A.d city coming in at #45 this week (up last week from #65) having sold another 5,300 units. His total sales are now 1,138,000. Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail sits at #67 this week, which is up from last week. Hov sold 4,300 copies bringing his total sales to 1,109,000. Kanye West's Yeezus officially went platinum although he dropped to #108 on the Billboard 200.