Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week Drake is knocked from his pedestal ever so slightly, as Big Sean's new album Dark Sky Paradise is ushered in at #1. Drake moves to #4, which still isn't a bad look, considering he's above rivals Chris Brown and Tyga. Fan of a Fan didn't move as much as you might expect two mainstream stars to sell-- with just over 50k in pure sales opening week. Would they have done better by releasing it as a mixtape like the first instalment? Despite being feature-heavy and promoted across the U.S., it only debuted at #7. Big Sean, on the other hand, pulled off his first #1 debut with DSP. His past two albums have both debuted at #3,Â but it looks like having more involvement from Kanye West on this one really helped propel it a bit further, as well as having a do-less approach. Apart from these two new entries,Â you can see how Drake, Nicki, J. Cole and more fared below.
1) Â Â Â Big Seanâ Dark Sky Paradise: Big Sean earned his first #1 album with Dark Sky Paradise. The album managed to moved 173,000 units including streams (sales: 139,000). Will he stay up on the Billboard 200 in the longterm?
2) Â Â Â Drakeâ If Youâre Reading This Itâs Too Late: Thereâs no need to question Drakeâs longevity on the charts. Heâs definitely going to be here for the long haul, after a half a million sales his first week out. His third week is just as successful as mostÂ rapper debuts these days. The album did 99,000 sales and streams while sitting at #4 (sales: 59,000). His total sales rose up to 683,000 units this week.
3) Â Â Â Chris Brown & Tygaâ Fan Of A Fan: The Album: Despite heavy promotion for the LP, which included a series of interviews where the artists attempted to avoid discussing Drake, the duo hasnât been able to surmount Drizzy on the Billboard 200. Fan Of A Fan landed a debut at #7, after moving 66,508 copies including streams (sales: 51,345).
4) Â Â Â Nicki MinajâThe Pinkprint: Further below her YMCMB counterparts is Ms. Nicki, with The Pinkprint dropping from #9 to #12. As Nicki begins her descent, she sold and streamed another 38,299 units (sales: 14,850). The Pinkprint grand tally is 540,598.
5) Â Â Â J. Coleâ 2014 Forest Hills Drive: Cole falls this week to #22 from #16. With a tour on the horizon, the new album sold and streamed 23,851 units (sales: 16,213). His gran total broke the 800k mark, at 801,690.
6) Â Â Â Ne-Yoâ Non-Fiction: Â Ne-Yoâs new album falls nine spots to #30 this week, after charting for five weeks. The singerâs combined number for the past week is 15,134, with almost half of that being pure sales (sales: 8,314).
7) Â Â Â Rae Sremmurdâ SremmLife: After eight weeks on the Billboard 200, Rae Sremmurd drop to #36. The duo have definitely had a successful debut, moving another 12,934 units this week. That number is predominantly composed by album and single streams (sales: 4,163).
8) Â Â Â Â Beyonceâ Beyonce: Bey Bey doesnât really need to drop another album for a while, because it looks like this one will never really leave the charts. This week the self-titled album drops down to #49 (donât worry, itâll undoubtedly climb back up again), after selling/streaming 9,784 copies (sales: 3,997). Her total sales are 2,227,000.
This week on the Billboard Hot 100, Big Sean makes an entry at #99 with âParadise,â as does another DSP track âOne Man Can Change The Worldâ a few spots higher at #97. âAll Your Faultâ from Sean and Kanye also debuts at #80. Trey Songzâs âSlow Motionâ single rises up to #77, and Nicki Minajâs âFeeling Myselfâ is down one at #63. J. Coleâs unintentional single âApparentlyâ continues to rise up at #59 this week. Common and John Legendâs Oscar-winning âGloryâ makes a huge leap up 50 spots to #49. Meanwhile Drakeâs IYRTITL cut âEnergyâ falls 14 spots to #40. Big Seanâs âBlessingsâ makes the jump to #36, and Beyonceâs â7/11â falls 6 spots to #31. Inside the top 20, we find âOnlyâ at #18, Fetty Wapâs âTrap Queenâ at #16 (a 19-spot jump), and Nicki Minajâs âTruffle Butterâ at #14.