Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week we have a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, with Mobb Deep's new album The Infamous Mobb Deep, celebrating their 20-year anniversary since The Infamous. Their sales are not huge mainstream numbers, but obviously loyal hip-hop heads came through for Havoc and Prodigy as they clock in at #49. We continue to see Jhene Aiko's Sail Out hold on to a spot on the Billboard 200, not too high and not too low, at the mid-40s. She actually finds herself above Drake's NWTS this week, which may come as a surprise. In another interesting turn of events, Pharrell continues to take the lead as an r'n'b/hip-hop artist on the Billboard 200-- he comes in highest this week at #9. While his total sales haven't caught up to Rick Ross' Mastermind quite yet, he's not too far off. We have a feeling G I R L may do better in the long-term than Mastermind.
1) Pharrell— G I R L: Pharrell receives a bit of a push-down this week as new artists enter the Billboard 200. The album dropped from #5 to #9, while moving 25,308 copies. His total sales are now at 242,133.
2) YG— My Krazy Life: YG’s debut effort continues to drop down the charts, after debuting at #2 it has not been able to keep a spot within the top 10 locked down for too long. This week My Krazy Life fell to #16 from #7, and YG moved 16,437 copies off the shelves. His total sales reached the 100k mark with 100,288 copies.
3) Rick Ross— Mastermind: The self-proclaimed Mastermind continues his drop down the Billboard 200 as well, finding himself below YG this week at #18. After spending five weeks on the charts, he’s moved another 15,336 copies with a grand tally of 289,925.
4) Beyonce— Beyonce: Beyonce dropped quite a bit this week, while she spent some time in the Dominican Republic. The pop star fell more than ten spots to #23 with the LP moving 13,000 copies, which is only a drop in sales of 11% despite the spike down the charts.
5) Eminem—The Marshall Mathers LP 2: Eminem is up for nomination in Billboard Music Award’s Top Billboard 200 Album with MMLP2, and it’s definitely been a strong contender on the charts. Em fell to #26 this week, while his album moved 13,000 units. Total sales are currently 2,042,000.
6) ScHoolboy Q— Oxymoron: Groovy Q has been charting for six weeks now, as Oxymoron drops from #33 to #40 on the Billboard 200. The Black Hippy MC moved 8,500 units over the course of the last seven days, while Oxymoron brought its total sales up to 216,000.
7) Jhene Aiko— Sail Out EP: Jhene Aiko’s EP continues to compete on the Billboard 200 against relatively bigger releases, and she’s staying strong. This week Sail Out comes in about Drake, at #47, dropping just three spots. The extended play moved slightly over 7k with 7,137 units.
8) Mobb Deep— The Infamous…Mobb Deep: Mobb Deep return while paying homage to their classic LP The Infamous with The Infamous…Mobb Deep. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 this week at #49. It sold 7,100 copies opening week.
9) Drake— Nothing Was The Same: Drizzy Drake’s album saw a drop of six spots and is down at #57 this week. After spending 28 weeks on the Billboard 200, the YMCMB rapper sold 6,700 copies with total sales at 1,529,000.
10) Young Money— Rise Of An Empire: Young Money’s time on the charts with Rise Of An Empire definitely won’t be lasting too long. After four weeks, the album already finds itself at #77, having dropped from #59 last week. YM moved 5,100 copies with total sales only reaching 53,000.
Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 is still charting although he dropped six spots to #66. Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city continues to do numbers although it dropped quite a bit from last week’s placement at #66. This week he comes in at #90. R. Kelly’s Black Panties is below GKMC, at #99 this week with total sales of approximately 392,000. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are among the pack leaders of Billboard Music Award nominations this year (surprise!), drop from #86 to #107 this week.