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.
This week's Billboard chart is, once again, owned by Adele, taking the No. 1 spot for a staggering tenth time. Her latest, 25, is now the fifth album since 2000 to accumulate double-digit weeks at No. 1.
Following the Grammys there was a surge that gave hip hop artists a boost in sales. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly jumped up from #60 to #16 after crushing it at the award show.
The first-week sales numbers for Chris Brown's Royalty are in, and though Breezy's seventh album performed even better than was expected -- selling 184,000 units -- it did not top the charts. In fact, for the week ending Dec.
G-Eazy took home the top-selling hip-hop album this week. According to HDD, his sophomore album When It's Dark Out moved 93,000 units and 97k sales-plus-streaming (SPS), well ahead of Rick Ross' Black Market, which moved 57k units SPS.
The final first-week sales numbers are in for albums released on Friday, November 13th. According to Hits Daily Double, Justin Bieber's Purpose reigned supreme, with a whopping 649,000 units moved in terms of STS (sales-plus-streaming).
Janet Jackson has topped the charts once again. Her latest album, Unbreakable, is the singer's 7th album to attain the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Jackson is also the third act in history to have a No. 1 album in each of the past 4 decades.
After dominating the singles chart for the last few months, Fetty Wap is officially taking over the Billboard 200, with his self-titled debut landing at the number one spot in its first week. Fetty Wap surpassed already high expectations by moving 12
Drake and Future have given new meaning/life to the phrase, 'what a time to be alive,' thank to their new collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive, also known as the diamond emoji. Just as Drizzy did with his 'mixtape' If You're Reading This It's