A weekly hip-hop and r'n'b sales recap.
Drake's reign at the top is now four weeks strong as VIEWS continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce wasn't so lucky, however, as she falls to the #4 spot while Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton rank above her with their respective new releases. Rihanna comes in at #5 while Prince slips out of the top 10 for the first time since his passing. Elsewhere, Kevin Gates, Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, and G-Eazy all fall within the top 30 spots.
1) Drake - VIEWS: For the fourth week in a row, Drake has maintained the #1 spot. This time around, the 6 God moves 188,511 TAEU and 50,267 pure sales, as fourteen of the album's twenty songs chart on the Hot 100.
2) Beyonce - LEMONADE: Bey has slipped from the #2 to the #4 spot this week, falling behind new releases from Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton. Beyonce still does 98,532 TAEU and 69,076 in pure sales for her fifth week on the charts.
3) Rihanna - ANTI: Rihanna's eighth studio album is celebrating its eighteenth week on the charts at the #5 spot. She clocks 47,647 TAEU and 11,753 pure sales as ANTI continues to do "work."
4) Prince - Very Best of Prince: A month ago, Prince owned the top 10. We've seen it lessen since then, but his Very Best of Prince compilation is still going strong, after moving 27,245 TAEU and 21,725 in pure sales, falling at the #12 spot.
5) Kevin Gates - ISLAH: Although he's just released a new project, Murder For Hire 2, ISLAH remains a force on the charts, surprisingly enough. This week, the album makes a rise up from #18 to #15. The album sold another 22,768 TAEU and 7,708 in pure sales. Is it on the strength of his singles?
6) Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book: Chance The Rapper made history last week when he became the first rapper to chart based on streams alone. Coloring Book, the record he alluded to as 'Chance 3' on The Life of Pablo, counts 21,062 TAEU without a single sale this week, landing at the #17 spot. Good on you, Chance!
7) Kanye West - The Life of Pablo: Speaking of The Life of Pablo, Kanye West's recent full-length comes in at #19 this week, one spot higher than last week. Moving just 26 copies, it's a good thing Ye's getting a lot of streams, enough to clock 20,538 TAEU.
8) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness: Abel Tesfaye's sophomore full-length was a hit and, even in its 39th week on the chart, it comes in at the #22 spot, up five spots from last week's stint at #27. This time around, he's counting 18,085 TAEU and 5,048 physical copies to the album's whopping success.
9) Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul: Bryson Tiller's breakthrough album Trapsoul slides two spots this week into the #23 position. With 18,045 TAEU and 3,205 pure sales, he continues to find success with his alternative R&B stylings, and it's likely we'll see even bigger numbers when he releases a follow-up effort.
10) G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out: North California MC G-Eazy is gearing up for a big tour alongside Logic and YG, and he's still doing great on the charts as well. His sophomore record When It's Dark Out comes in at #26 this week, boasting 16,587 TAEU 3,048 pure sales.
Along with his #1 album, Drake's got the #1 song in the country on lock, thanks to "Once Dance." The island-flavored cut continues to dominate airwaves, sales, and streams, beating out Desiigner's "Panda" which is currently at the #2 spot. Meanwhile Justin Timberlake's new single "Can't Stop The Feeling" remains at #3 after debuting at #1 the other week. Fifth Harmony's single "Work From Home," which features Ty Dolla $ign, continues to climb up the chart slowly, this week coming in at #4. Rihanna has two songs in the top 10, and six overall on the Hot 100, while Drake has a whopping 15 tracks on the chart.