This week all eyes are Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller. But mainly Kanye West. The three rappers are releasing their respective projects two days from now (Tuesday, June 18th) and we will be watching the sales and the charts to see where each artist lands.
For now, rap releases have slowed down, but new ones are on the way. The month of June promises to be one full of album drops-- which all fall under a few different dates. The biggest date by far, is, of course, June 18th.
Last week we questioned the grip of Will.i.am's influence on the mainstream, with his solo effort, #willpower, moving less than 30k opening week. We could also blame this on the ever-waning sales of albums in general.
The new entries keep coming in on Charts Don't Lie. Recent weeks have seen quite a few releases that are within the hip-hop realm, as is often the case, because rappers like to release projects on the same day.
This week our newest entry in Charts Don't Lie is the former G.O.O.D. Music representer, Kid Cudi. The rapper announced his departure from G.O.O.D. Music shortly before the release of INDICUD, to the shock of most.
This week we see a new entry in Chart's Dont Lie, with Tyler, the Creator's WOLF having dropped on April 2nd. The rapper is definitely expanding his fanbase, with this album impressively debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200.
This week we saw Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience break another record, after first topping Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV in first week sales, it became the first record in 2013 to crack one million sales, going platinum just two weeks after it dropped.
This week we were extremely impressed by the numbers that
Justin Timberlake pulled with his new album, The 20/20 Experience. Within the hip-hop/r’n’b-sphere, we haven’t
seen a chart topper sell the amount JT sold in a while. The artist pulled in
performed at the Grammys or (better yet?) won an award, gained more than just
the honor—they gained new fans, perhaps reached a wider audience than usual and
thus increased sales of their music. Over the past week, overall album sales
All eyes were on the world of music as it was the 55th
Annual Grammy Awards, which many artists used as a platform to push new
material and make announcements of upcoming projects. As far as the world of hip hop and R&B
Just as we mentioned last week, it seems we now have some chart-toppers that are here to stay, at least for the time being. We've seen the first four artists below consistently on Charts Don't Lie since their respective albums dropped.
Kendrick Lamar was right, “real people want real music, the
Jig Is Up.” With A$AP Rocky’s album leaking incredibly early, the very solid
debut studio effort from the Harlemite continues to sell. All the albums making our Charts this week
This week on Charts Don’t Lie, R&B artists who infuse
their music with hip hop collaborations and sounds continue to rule, however
things are about to change as A$AP Rocky’s studio debut is projected to top the
This week we saw pop star Rihanna, who also has one foot in the urban-sphere, rise to the top of the charts with her album Unapologetic. The LP was extremely pushed in all media markets, and her #RihannaPlane launched it into the internet stratosphere.