A look at the week in rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
The top story of this week's Billboard 200 chart is the reclaiming of the #1 spot by Rihanna. After Spending last week at #3, Rihanna displaces Kendrick Lamar at the top spot with her eighth studio album ANTI. Speaking of Kendrick, he slipped from #1 to #5, presumably after the surprise element settled a bit. That's nothing though, compared to 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne's collaborative album Collegrove, which slipped big time from #4 to #29, one of the biggest second-week slumps we've seen this year.
Flatbush Zombies debuted at #10, which is killer for the Brooklyn hip-hop outfit, while Kevin Gates, Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd, G-Eazy, Fetty Wap, and Future all float around the spots they were in last year. Check out our full notes below along with a recap of the Hot 100.
1) Rihanna - ANTI: After slipping to #3 last week, Rihanna returned for the #1 spot. For her eighth week on the charts, bad girl Ri-Ri did 54,370 TAEU (total album equivalent units) and 17,035 in pure sales as her album continues to ride high on the success of "Work" and other hits.
2) Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.: His reign at the top was short as Kendrick Lamar slips all the way to the #5 spot with his untitled unmastered. project. The surprise release had some serious power in its first week, but for its second week on the charts Kendrick did 38,402 TAEU and 26,830 in sales. That's a serious decrease from the 177,509 TAEU and 142,084 sales he did last week.
3) Kevin Gates - Islah: Last week he was at #10, and this week he's creepin' in at #9! Kevin Gates' Islah has proved to be an album with staying power, as it continues its success towards the top of the Billboard charts, doing another 30,418 TAEU and 12,885 sales during its seventh week on the charts.
4) Flatbush Zombies - 3001: A Laced Odyssey: Flatbush Zombies at #10? That's awesome! For 3001: A Laced Odyssey's debut week on the charts, the Brooklyn-based rap group does 28,291 TAEU and 23,692 in sales.
5) Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L: Continuing to thrive off his alt-R&B brand of pop music, Bryson Tiller stays put at #11, the exact spot he was at last week. Tiller adds an extra 28,070 TAEU and 8,152 in sales under T R A P S O U L's belt.
6) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness: The Weeeknd's sophomore album continues to ride around the top portion of the Billboard charts. Last week it was at #9, and this week it's slid back to #13. We doubt Abel cares too much, though, as the record moves 26,595 TAEU and 9,068 pure sales as it creeps up on 30 weeks on the charts.
7) G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out: Dropping just one spot on the charts is G-Eazy, who's gone from #15 to #16. When It's Dark Out moves another 24,224 TAEU and 4,888 in sales for the California MC.
8) Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap's self-titled album has hits for days, and it continues to flourish on the charts as well. This week he comes in at #18, doing 19,044 TAEU and 3,706
9) Flo Rida - My House: Celebrating its 50th week on the charts is Flo Rida's My House EP, with another 18,359 TAEU and 1,790 sales docked onto its killer success. How does he do it?
10) Future - EVOL: Future is rap's reigning man of the year, and his album EVOL has been moving units (although not quite as many as DS2). With 17,036 TAEU and 2,961 sales, it places at #22 this week.
Rihanna and Drake's "Work" continues to stay at the #1 spot, where it's been for weeks now. Justin Bieber comes in at #2, where he's spent quite a bit of time recently as well. Flo Rida, Ty DOlla $ign, and Kevin Gates are all hanging out in the top 20, while Drake has four tracks in the top 31 spots and The Weeknd has six tracks on the Hot 100.