Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
As the past few months have been slow all-around when it comes toÂ music,Â we are not seeing many, if any, new hip-hopÂ entries on the charts. HoweverÂ this shortage of music is coming to a close;Â the past week or two have seen many big songs drop, and a mixtape or three. We'll definitely begin to see some new namesÂ onÂ Charts Don't LieÂ as early as next week, with Justin Timberlake'sÂ 20/20 ExperienceÂ droppingÂ onÂ March 19th. Nonetheless, album-wise, we aren't seeing anything new this week. Instead, we haveÂ T.I. and The Weeknd re-enter the top 50 in the charts, while mainstaysÂ Rihanna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky continue to consistently sell.
1) Â Â Â Â Â RihannaâUnapologetic: Â Rihanna leaves the #8 spot after sitting their two weeks in a row, sheâs now rose to #5. However, that rise isnât equal to a rise in sales, as Unapologetic sales were down 1% over this past week, moving 28,172 units.
3) Â Â Â Â Kendrick Lamarâgood kid, m.A.A.d city: Â The good kid rose up 6 spots from last weekâs #27. K. Dotâs album pushed another 15k off the shelves over the past week. A preview of the remix to Kendrickâs stand-out single âBitch Donât Kill My Vibeâ which features Jay-ZÂ and new verses from K. Dot surfaced this past week, and once more amped up TDE fans. As well, another single "Poetic Justice" went gold this past week-- so congrats are in order.
4) Â Â Â Â Â A$AP RockyâLong.Live.A$AP: The die-hard fans of the A$AP Mob continue to cop Rockyâs debut album. The LP sits at #33 this week on the charts, up from the #41 spot last week. 11,364 copies of Long.Live.A$AP were sold.
5) Â Â Â Â The Weekndâ Trilogy: Â Although consisting of old material (which was previously released for free) The Weekndâs Trilogy has once again popped back up on Charts Donât Lie. This week Trilogy comes in at #38, with a surge of sales of around 10k, and thus making its way back in the top 50.
6) Â Â Â Â Â T.I.âTrouble Man:Â Tip is keeping himself afloat on the charts, if only just, at #50 this week with 8,579 copies of Trouble Man sold. Itâs interesting to compare Tipâs success with Trouble Man to that of his veteran rapper counterpart, Game. The two released their respective LPs around the same time in December, both deemed quality LPs, however Gameâs failed to do well on charts, whereas the Kang has maintained. We wonder whatâs to blame?
In other chart news, Swizz Beatzâ wifey Alicia Keys remains consistent on the charts with Girl On Fire rising to #30 this past week, with 12k sold. Single-wise, âThrift Shopâ remains the #1 on the Digital Songs chart impressively enough for the ninth week straightâthis is the longest consecutive run at the #1 spot since Black Eyed Peasâ âI Gotta Feelingâ single in 2009.