We just experienced our second week in a row with no notable rap and R&B debuts, but it's all leading up to the huge sales week that will include Jeezy, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and Justin Bieber.
This was a bit of a dry week for rap and R&B releases. While we await projects from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, and Logic next week, things are pretty quiet, with no big debuts this cycle.
Last week was all about The Game, and one would have assumed this week would be a similar story, but despite neck-and-neck projections, Machine Gun Kelly's General Admission pulled ahead of the Documentary 2.5, giving MGK the number one rap album this cycle.
The biggest story in this week's charts is the triumphant return of Janet Jackson, who -- as she should -- takes the top spot this week, making her one of three artists who has scored number one albums over the last four decades.
Last week belonged to Drake and Future, and while their numbers didn't live up to the inflated projections, they still managed to keep Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, and the persistent Beauty Behind The Madness out of the top spot.
The big success story this week is The Weeknd. We really should have seen it coming. Abel has had four singles floating on the Hot 100 for the last little while, and going into this week he had the number one song in the country.
This was Straight Outta Compton's week, and the sales reflect it. Dr. Dre's long-awaited third studio album made an impressive number one debut, becoming the third best rap sales week of 2015 behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
Even when a project is only tangentially connected to Eminem, it tends to sell. Em's executive-production of the soundtrack for Southpaw (as well as some exclusive material) has earned it an admirable debut at number four on the Billboard 200.
The #FutureHive has proved that internet hype can very much inspire actual album sales, as DS2 soars to number one, giving Hendrix not only his first number one, but doubling the sales of Honest.
It was yet another unpredictable week on the charts, with Meek Mill being dethroned by none other than -- Tyrese? That's right, the veteran R&B star turnt Furious 7 actor has landed his very first number one with his sixth studio album.
The final week of sales recorded from Tuesday happened last week, and this week's numbers are a weird transitional phase, tacking on a couple of days to bring them around to Friday, resulting in a one-time only 11-day tally.
The only true debut in this week's charts came from King Los' God Money War. While the pre-cursor to Los' upcoming official debut managed to move 7,357 units (8,331 with streams), it only came in at number 67.
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.
This week saw a range of debuts from a range of artists. The top entry within rap and R&B went to Jason Derulo who slid in at number four, just under Rocky who managed to have another strong week.
After a few uneventful weeks on the charts, ASAP Rocky and Boosie Badazz brought some much-needed excitement with their strong debuts. Each a respective triumph, Rocky took the number one spot, while Boosie moved in comfortably at number 3.
This week saw the debut of Snoop Dogg's Pharrell-helmed funk opus, which had a pretty modest opening, placing at number 14. While Tech N9ne blew us away with his top 5 debut last week, he fell considerably this cycle, moving all the way down to number 20.
This wasn't a very exciting week for rap on the charts. Over the last couple cycles we've seen the same albums slowly descending, with Drake being the only record to have a second wind in recent weeks.
This week we saw debuts from both Tyler, The Creator, and Young Thug. Neither artist is known to play on mainstream radio (though Thug gets a fair share of rap radio play), but each has a pretty supportive fanbase.
This week marks the end of an era, with Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" unseating the seemingly invincible "Uptown Funk". The success of Khalifa's record was seen in album sales as well with Furious 7 moving up to the top spot on the Billboard 200.
This week is an exciting not only due to a lot of movement in the chart, but the fact that four rap albums take up the top spots on the Billboard 200.
While there were a couple of debuts this week, the top 2 albums were not able to be unseated. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is still sitting comfortably atop the charts, while the Empire soundtrack trails not-so-far behind.
The biggest story from last week's charts is far-and-away Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, which hit iTunes a week earlier than expected, which seems to have benefitted the LP, despite a rocky start to the release.
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