Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week we welcome Jeezy onto the Billboard 200, with his Seen It All album debuting successfully at #2. He wasn't able to trump the pop-power that is Maroon 5, nonetheless he did move more than projected. The album was projected to move 90k-100k opening week, but it managed to top the 100k mark with 121,000 copies sold. Although his last album moved almost twice, with 231,000 copies sold opening week, it happens to be a higher debut than TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition. Meanwhile, we're waiting for both Jhene Aiko (Souled Out) and Lecrae (Anomaly) to make their Billboard 200 debuts. As we reported on earlier in the week, it's looking like Jhene will move slightly less copies than Lecrae, however, if her Sailed Out EP is any indication, Jhene will be holding on to a chart position in the long run. It'll be a close race between the two artists either way, as Souled Out is projected to move 70-75k while Anomaly is projected to move 75-80k-- the winner in said race will likely top the Billboard 200 with a #1 debut. Check back next week to find out where either project stands.
1) Jeezy— Seen It All: The Autobiography: Jeezy’s new album topped the charts this past week, although it wasn’t able to outsell Maroon 5 for a #1 debut. Nonetheless, #2 ain’t so bad. It’s a higher debut than his last album, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition, which debuted at #3 in 2011. Seen It All moved over 100k opening week, with 121,000 copies sold.
2) Wiz Khalifa—Blacc Hollywood: Wiz Khalifa begins his descent down the Billboard 200. This week Blacc Hollywood fell four spots, arriving at #10. The album sold 20,000 units within its third week, bringing up total sales to 141,000.
3) Iggy Azalea—The New Classic: With news of an alleged sex tape earlier in the week, Iggy is sure to see a spike in her sales shortly, not that she really needs the help. This week she fell only two spots, down to #18. The New Classic moved another 11,373 units, with total sales of 334,522.
4) Beyonce— Beyonce: We saw Beyonce sore back up the charts to #14 last week. The spike in sales may be short-lived, as this week she drops down again to #34. That’s still nothing to shake your head at, as she’s been charting for 39 weeks now. The singer sold 7,261 units this week, and brought her grand tally to 2,062,614.
5) Trey Songz— Trigga: Trey Songz drops to #41 this week after charting for 10 weeks. Trigga managed to sell another 6,235 copies, while his total sales have climbed to 236,289.
6) Eminem— The Marshall Mathers LP 2: Eminem sees a slight spike this week as his album climbs to #47 from #51 last week. MMLP2 continues to move off shelves, with 5,281 units sold this week. His total sales, after charting for 44 weeks, are 2,195,274.
7) August Alsina— Testimony: R’n’b newcomer August Alsina has quickly made a name for himself within the genre. His album Testimony has also been a chart mainstay, although it dropped off to #71 last week. This week it’s back up at #51, selling 4,844 copies. Total sales are currently 197,607.
8) John Legend— Love In The Future: Alsina’s fellow r’n’b artist John Legend finds himself a few spots below Alsina. The G.O.O.D. singe rose up this week from #63 to #54, after charting for 53 weeks. Legend moved 4,599 copies of his album, and brought his total sales to 615,760.
9) Drake—Nothing Was The Same: Drake hasn’t left us just yet. With a new album, Views From The 6, on the way, NWTS rises back up the charts to #57 this week. The LP sold 4,440 copies this week, while total sales have reached 1,624,308.
Pharrell's album G I R L remains stagnant this week at #64 on the charts. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's Xscape dropped a few spots to #66. Further down we find Childish Gambino's Because The Internet at #75, after charting for 39 weeks. G-Eazy's These Things Happen rose up one spot this week to #86. Finally, Ca$h Out's new album Let's Get It makes a steep drop from #43 (where it debuted at last week) to #89.