Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week something quite significant went down on the Billboard 200, albeit it's outside of the genre of hip-hop. Taylor Swift basically broke the mold and sold over 1 million copies of her new album, 1989, in turn giving her the highest sales in one week since 2002. That's twelve years ago. There is a small hip-hop connection here, because the last album that sold just over 1 million, in 2002, was Eminem's The Eminem Show. Anyways, with T Swift's chart takeover, a lot of our hip-hop dudes got pushed down. Tip's new album Paperwork wasn't able to stay afloat within the top 10 for more than a week (and the same can be said for Logic), dropping to #13. Chris Webby, an independent rapper, made a small splash on the Billboard 200 with his first week sales just under 14,000. Run The Jewels also come into the equation this week, despite giving out RTJ2 for free, they've had loyal fans support the album too, allowing them to make their way to #50. Peep how Stalley, Jagged Edge and more did this week below.
1) T.I.— Paperwork: Tip’s new album Paperwork makes a more-than 10-spot drop this week to land at #13 after debuting at #2 last week. The rapper pushed another 26,894 copies off the shelves in his second week, bringing up his total sales to 106,827.
2) Chris Webby— Chemically Imbalanced: Homegrown rapper Chris Webby makes a Billboard 200 debut this week with his debut album Chemically Imbalanced coming in at #25. That’s not too shabby for the independent rapper, who sold 13,217 copies opening week.
3) Jagged Edge—J.E. Heartbreak II: Veteran r’n’b group Jagged Edge made their way onto the Billboard 200 this week, debuting at #28 after selling 12,468 units.
4) Logic— Under Pressure: Logic’s anticipated debut makes a drop this week after making a strong debut at #4. We’ll have to see if the VMG rapper continues to drop steeply, but this week he comes in at #31 after moving 11,532 copies. His total sales approach the 100k mark, with 84,090.
5) Stalley— Ohio: MMG’s oft-forgotten Stalley also makes a debut this week with Ohio entering the 200 at #35, right below Logic. The rapper’s new album managed to sell 10,229 copies opening week.
6) Chris Brown—X: Below Stalley we find Chris Brown’s X album dropped to #48 after sitting at #30 last week. The r’n’b singer sold 8,361 copies this past week, with total sales of 253,061.
7) Run The Jewels— Run The Jewels 2: RTJ’s second instalment comes in at #50 this week after debuting down at #96. They gave their album away for free first, but nonetheless supporters of the duo have come through to snatch up 8,262 copies this week. Their total sales equate 12,067.
8) Jeezy— Seen It All: Jeezy’s new album drops down to #68 this week, after charting for 9 weeks. The Snowman sold 6,087 copies of the LP, bringing his total sales to 232,175.
9) Lecrae— Anomaly: Lecrae and Jeezy continue to follow each other in their descent. Lecrae’s Anomaly has been charting for 8 weeks now, and in his eighth week on shelves he moved 5,987 copies. His total sales are 179,752.
10) Iggy Azalea— The New Classic: Iggy Azalea’s debut album fell several spots this week to arrive at #77. After charting for 28 weeks strong, the Australian sold 4,947 copies of The New Classic. Her total sales are 396,918.
On the Billboard Hot 100, we find Kid Ink's "Body Language" single reach #87, while Trey Songz's "Touchin, Lovin" with Nicki Minaj climbs up 6 spots to #49. DJ Khaled's mega-cut "Hold You Down" also rises up to #43. Nicki Minaj's new single "Only" enters the Hot 100 this week making a debut at #54. Chris Brown's "New Flame" see a 1-spot rise to #27. On an interesting note, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has re-entered the Hot 100 at #35 (because of Halloween perhaps?). Big Sean's "I Don't Fuck With You" continues to climb up, arriving at #26 this week. Same for ILoveMakonnen's "Tuesday (Remix)" which finds new heights at #20. Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan's "Lifestyle" reach #16, while Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Boy" remains stagnant at #8, and same can be said for Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em" at #7.