Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
As an actor, Common has definitely been in some major mainstream flicks and get his due recognition for it. As a rapper, Common borders on the underground/conscious scene, although he's not fully immersed in it because he does do double duty acting. Nonetheless, this is often reflected in his album sales-- he's not the kind of artist to do crazy big numbers, although both Be and Finding Forever were commercially successful releases debuting at #2 and #1 respectively on the Billboard 200. Both those albums had one thing in common (ha): they received plenty of assistance from Kanye West. Apart from those two Kanye-helmed releases, Common doesn't usually surpass the 100k mark in his first week. Nobody's Smiling found him departing from the G.O.O.D. Music roster and Kanye West production, opting for No I.D.'s imprint and strictly No I.D. beats. Could this have affected his debut week sales? Would his album sales have been way higher if he had Kanye on the boards? The album only moved 24,000 units, debuting at #6. The Dreamer/The Believer, his last album, debuted lower although it moved more than double that amount at 69,000. Contemplate those numbers as you look through this week's chart-toppers below.
1) Â Â Â Â CommonâNobodyâs Smiling: Common made his debut on the Billboard 200 this week, with Nobodyâs Smiling finding its footing at #6. This is actually Comâs highest-charting debut since 2007âs Finding Forever, although in terms of sales, not so much. The rapper who is no longer on G.O.O.D. moved 24,000 units opening week.
2) Â Â Â Â Trey SongzâTrigga: Trigga falls down this week to #13 from #9, as he leaves Billboardâs top 10 spots. The rânâb singer has been charting for 4 weeks now, and sold anotherÂ 15,763 copies, while his total sales climbed to 177,496.
3) Â Â Â Â Iggy Azaleaâ The New Classic: Iggyâs debut continues to fluctuate up and down on these Billboard charts, although never falling too far downwards. This week Ms. Azalea climbs back up a few spots to #18, after charting for 14 weeks. The rapper sold 11,957 units, while her total sales are 258,386.
4) Â Â Â Â Michael Jacksonâ Xscape: MJ rises up 3 spots this week to #30, with the post-humously released Xscape doing 8,778 copies in damage. The total sales are 383,024.
5) Â Â Â Â Pharrellâ G I R L: Pharrell Williams has been consistent on the 200, and continues to do so this week, climbing up 11 spots to #37. After spending a solid 21 weeks on the charts, P moved another 7,568 copies of his new album. The total sales forÂ G I R L have reached 483,497.
6) Â Â Â Â Marsha Ambrosiusâ Friends & Lovers: We saw this singer make her debut last week at #12, but sheâs quickly descended in her second week down to #45. Friends & Lovers pushedÂ 6,900 units this week, bringing her grand tally to 24,100.
7) Â Â Â Â John LegendâLove In The Future: Love In The Future has become a Billboard 200 staple, even if we donât reference it every week. Nonetheless this week the album fell to #46, but keep in mind itâs been charting for 47 weeks now. The album still sold 6,600 units, while total sales are currently 583,282.
8) Â Â Â Â August AlsinaâTestimony: The Young Alsina continues to make his mark on the 200 with his debut album Testimony. After spending 15 weeks on the charts, he climbs up from last weekâs #57 to #48, moving 6,540 units. Total sales are 168,491.
9) Â Â Â Â Beyonceâ Beyonce: Amid break-up/divorce rumors, Beyonceâs self-titled release is sitting comfy at #66, after selling 5,000 units this week. Her total sales are also quite comfy, with 2,022,000 albums sold.
10) Â Â Â Â DrakeâNothing Was The Same: We havenât had Drizzy up here for a second, but Nothing Was The Same continues to take over a spot on the Billboard 200, although itâs down at #90. Thatâs up from last weekâs #98 though. Itâs likely Drakeâs NWTS will still be charting whenever the new album Views From The Six drops. For now, NWTS sold 3,000 units and has total sales of 1,600,000.
After dropping off to #70 last week, Eminemâs MMLP2 spurts back up to #59. You can never keep him down for too long. G-Eazy also continues to chart with These Things Happen climbing up 4 spots from last week and landing at #60 this week.