A look at this week's rap sales and chart placements.
While next week should be more exciting, the last round of rap sales were pretty lacklustre. With ASAP Rocky's album dropping to number 12, it's the first week in some time with no hip hop or R&B in the top ten. The LPs we've seen selling all year are still hanging in, with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar all continuing to sell. Meanwhile, J. Cole has jumped up a few spots, showing that his LP, though released last year, still has some life left in it.
Check out the full breakdown below.
1) ASAP Rocky—A.L.L.A: While still the week's highest charting rap album, Rocky's A.L.L.A. falls out of the top ten, moving 15,504 copies (25,643 with streams), and dropping from 8 to 12. So far he's at 180,300 total sales.
2) Drake—IYRTITL: Drake's mixtape has been selling consistently since it's release, and will very likely be the first rap album to go platinum in 2015. Drizzy moves 9,139 units this week (22,523 with streams). He sticks at 16, and has a total of 956,747 in sales.
3) Various—Furious 7: The Furious 7 soundtrack continues to chart primarily through streams, and we can assume the majority of those are still coming from Wiz Khalifa's chart-topping "See You Again". This week the OST sells 3,442 copies (20,236 with streams).
4) Nicki Minaj—The Pinkprint: Nicki drops one spot from 24 to 25, pulling in 3,257 copies of The Pinkprint, and 17,603 including streams. She's sold a total of 634,799 albums so far.
6) Kendrick Lamar—To Pimp A Butterfly: Still very clearly an album artist, Kendrick continues to bring in a good chunk of his sales through good old fashioned physical copies and iTunes downloads, selling 10,658 this week with 14,777 sold including streams. His total figure is now at 619,000.
7) Jason Derulo—Everything Is 4: Derulo has seen a surprising decline in sales following his fairly impressive first week. He falls from 23 to 39 in his third, selling 4,363 copies of his new one (14,555 with streams). A top ten single isn't everything it seems.
8) J. Cole—2014 Forest Hills Drive: Cole saw a decent boost this week, moving up from 47 to 43. Perhaps it's partially boosted from the hype around his current tour, and he'll ceertainly need it if he wants to get back in the race against Drake. He moves 7,254 copies (13,460 including streams), and is now sitting at a total of 937,000 sold.
The top 3 of the Hot 100 are still fixed firmly in place, with Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, and Trap Queen occupying the respective top spots. A little further down, Rich Homie Quan's "Flex" is still making a gradual ascension to summer smash status, moving from 27 to 26. Nicki Minaj is represented with David Guetta's "Hey Mama" at number 8, "The night Is Still Young" at 31, and the debut of "Bitch I'm Madonna" at 84. Kid Ink's "Be Real" and Jidenna's "Classic Man" are also floating around the mid-range of the Hot 100, while Rae Sremmurd's "This Could Be Us" and Sage The Gemini's new Nick Jonas-assisted record creep in at 90 and 100 respectively.