A weekly breakdown of hip-hop and r'n'b album sales.
It's a good week for hip hop records that have all-caps titles. VIEWS, LEMONADE, ANTI, and ISLAH hold down the top four spots in our feature, and each of the releases fall within the top 20 spots on Billboard's 200 chart. After that, G-Eazy, Prince, Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd all fell further down the Billboard 200 this week. Meanwhile, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and TM88's collaborative record, under the name TGOD Mafia, debuts at a respectable #26.
1) Drake - VIEWS: Six weeks at #1 for the 6 God. VIEWS is still going strong, growing on Drizzy's existing fan base and making some new fans with smash singles that reach crossover territory (and a crossover remix to boot) like "One Dance." This week, the record does 135,297 TAEU (total album equivalent units) and 31,599 pure sales, nudging it into double platinum territory. Big up Drake!
2) Beyonce - LEMONADE: After spending last week at #3, Beyonce is back in the #2 spot. This week, LEMONADE does 69,334 TAEU and 47,646 in pure sales as the Beyhive continues to support their Queen.
3) Rihanna - ANTI: Moving up ever so slightly, from #7 to #6 is Rihanna with her eighth studio album ANTI. The record, which has been on the Billboard 200 for 20 weeks now, tallies an additional 39,753 TAEU and 9,145 in physical copies to its success.
4) Kevin Gates - ISLAH: Kevin Gates released Murder For Hire II last week, which debuted at #12 and dropped all the way to #68 this week. His more stable release (and proper album), ISLAH, sticks strong at the #19 spot, adding 20,913 TAEU and 7,051 in pure sales to its huge run.
5) G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out: G-Eazy's second full-length album When It's Dark Out has spent 27 weeks on the Billboard 200 now, peaking at #5 and finding itself at #20 this time around. With 20,870 TAEU and 8,407 pure sales, it isn't a bad week for the NorCal MC.
6) Prince - Very Best of Prince: Going from #15 to #21 this week is The Purple One. His Very Best of Prince compilation counts 20,791 TAEU and 17,083 in pure sales in the wake of his tragic passing.
7) Kanye West - The Life of Pablo: Kanye West recently announced a tour in support of his latest record The Life of Pablo, on top of throwing the final version of "Saint Pablo" into the constantly-updated album. TLOP comes in at the #23 spot this week, two spots down from last week's stint at #21. With just 16 copies sold, it's a good thing he's getting credit for streams, enough to give him 18,139 TAEU.
8) Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul: Bryson Tiller's Trapsoul has been floating around the top 25 spots on the Billboard 200 for 37 weeks now. The Louisville crooner adds another 17,531 TAEU and 2,973 physical copies to the success of his record this week.
9) Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and TM88 - Rude Awakening: Debuting at #26 is the TGOD Mafia, which, for the purposes of this album is comprised of Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. Their new record entirely produced by TM88, Rude Awakening, is chalk-full of hard-hitting weed-smoking anthems, and tallies 15,451 TAEU and 10,474 sales for its debut week.
10) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness: Abel Tesfaye has now spent 41 weeks on the Billboard 200 with his sophomore full-length Beauty Behind The Madness. The record continues to go strong, hitting at #29 this week and clocking 14,997 TAEU with 3,808 pure sales this time around.
Once again it's "One Dance" at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 song chart, marking this the sixth week in a row that Drake has claimed the #1 spot on the chart. It's an enormous feat, especially for an artist who previously didn't have a #1 song under his own name. Drake's collaboration with DJ Khaled, "For Free," also debuts at #18 this week, bringing the Canadian artist's total number of songs on the Hot 100 to twelve.
Desiigner's "Panda" comes in, once again, at #2, where he's spent all his time since being dethroned by Drake. Rihanna has six songs on the chart, including the debut of her Mike Will Made It collaboration "Nothing Is Promised."