Last year, Jeezy's Church in the Streets sold 107,000 copies its first week and debut at #4 on the charts. Fast-forward a year later -- Jeezy's new album Trap or Die 3 sold 89,000 copies its first week and has debuted at #1.
The only notable hip-hop release making its debut on this week's chart is Young Thug's JEFFERY. Released on Aug. 26, the project sold a reported 37,000 equivalent album units (including streaming) in its first week; the pure album sales tally is 18,000.
Last week we had a new #1 album in the form of DJ Khaled's Major Key. This week, Major Key has been dethroned by newcomer Suicide Squad: The Album. Drake, who was at #1 for two months straight, sticks around at #2 as Khaled d
Drake is once again at the #1 spot with his fourth studio album VIEWS. The record continues to thrive, and although "Once Dance" was bumped from the #1 spot, he doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down soon.
He did it again, and it wasn't even close. Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, has achieved the No. 1 spot for the seventh consecutive week. He's the first male artist to earn seven straight weeks at No. 1 in almost 16 years.
Chance The Rapper's new project, Coloring Book, may be a 'mixtape' in that Apple Music users can download it for free, however streams are still being counted towards his 'sales' and thus, Chance will be appearing on the Billboard 200.
UPDATE (04/11/2016 | 3:04pm EST): There are a few minor errors in the below text with regard to how Billboard gauged The Life of Pablo's streaming numbers for the week of April 1 to April 7.
It's April 6th, and time for another edition of our Charts Don't Lie series. This week, we see a couple new records begin to chart, in the form of K. Michelle's More Issues Than Vogue and Young Thug's Slime Season 3.
Young Thug has surpassed expectations, as he's often warrant to do. The rapper was projected to move 27,000-30,000 units opening week with his new album Slime Season 3, but has upped that number with a solid 38,349 copies in his first week online.
Kendrick Lamar's surprise compilation album untitled unmastered. tops this week's Billboard 200 chart. According to Nielsen Music, the album moved 178,000 equivalent album units (and 142,000 pure album sales) for the week ending March 10.
We just reported on the first-week album sales for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' This Unruly Mess I've Made, and we've now got the initial projections, courtesy of HDD, for the batch of albums that will hit next week's chart (for the week beginning on
There's not much happening on the new Billboard chart, hip-hop-wise, that is -- as 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne's ColleGrove as well as Kendrick Lamar's surprise album, which both dropped on Friday (Mar. 4), will appear on next week's chart.