Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
Big K.R.I.T. lands himself a strong debut for his sophomore effort Cadillactica, sliding into the Billboard 200's top 5 at #5. This happens to be the same debut as his first LP, Live From The Underground, although Krizzle upped his numbers this time, ever so slightly, moving 44,000 units. Live From The Underground did 41,000. That's definitely a respectable starting place for a rapper who refused to make anything too radio-friendly, or to deviate from his concept. Bobby Shmurda also debuts with Shmurda She Wrote EP selling around 5k opening week-- it's not crazy numbers for the Epic-signed rap phenom, but it's solid enough for a debut EP. We're also following as Azealia Banks and Teyana Taylor, who made debuts last week, descend the charts. Check out what happened below.
1) Big K.R.I.T.— Cadillactica: Big K.R.I.T. lands himself a top 5 Billboard 200 debut with his latest effort, the concept-driven Cadillactica. This happens to be the same starting place as Krizzle’s debut album Live From The Underground, although the sales for this one are slightly higher, at 44,000 units sold.
2) T.I.— Paperwork: After K.R.I.T.’s debut we head down to #34 to find Tip’s new album, which dropped from #20 last week. After four weeks of charting, the album sold another 10,303 copies, making the total sales 132,906.
3) Chris Brown—X: Further down, Breezy drops two spots to #54. His X album sold 6,658 units after charting for nine weeks, with total sales of 267,520.
4) Lecrae—Anomaly: Lecrae continues to prove he’s not just an anomaly with his new album continuing to chart and move units, ten weeks after his release. This week he rises up from #80 to #66. He sold another 5,934 copies with total sales nearing 200k, 190,992.
5) Logic— Under Pressure: Logic remains stagnant this week, not yet moving from his #73 spot. The rapper went on to sell 5,579 units this week, with total sales of 190,992.
6) Bobby Shmurda— Shmurda She Wrote EP: Bobby Shmurda’s first official release through a major label, Shmurda She Wrote, breaks into the Billboard 200 at #79. The New York rapper sold 5,091 units his opening week.
7) Teyana Taylor—VII: Teyana Taylor’s debut album didn’t hold on for very long, after debuting at #19 she made a descent this week to #81. VII sold 5,066 units in its second week on shelves, while total sales stand at 21,074.
8) Young Jeezy— Seen It All: We’re finding The Snowman at #86 this week, which is a twelve-spot drop from #74 last week. The rapper sold 4,823 copies this week. Seen It All has total sales of 242,675.
9) Azealia Banks— Broke With Expensive Taste: Azealia Bank’s surprise album moved 4,096 units in its second week out, bringing the total sales for her debut effort to 15,261. Given she gave her major label the boot, we don’t think she’s too concerned with her numbers. Nonetheless she dropped this week to #105.
On the Hot 100, Nicki Minaj's feature-heavy single "Only" soars to #27, up 16 spots, while Rich Gang's "Lifestyle" drops to #22 this week. Rae Sremmurd's "No Type" is up a few spots to #17. Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em" is down 5 at #15, and Big Sean's "IDFWU" is up 1 spot to #14. We have ILoveMakonnen's "Tuesday" featuring Drake continue to rise, coming up 14 spots this week to #12. Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Boy" is further ahead, charting at #7, down 1 from last week.