Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
After Charts Don't Lie took a hiatus last week, we are back again this week just in time to highlight three important debuts on the Billboard 200. YG's My Krazy Life, Kevin Gates' By Any Means and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata. It may come as a surprise, but it appears as though Gangsta Gibbs & Madlib had the most underground release of all three-- we say surprise, because Gates' project was also free for download on HNHH, but it nonetheless debuted higher than Pinata's strictly commercial release. YG, of course, had the strongest debut out of all three, with locking down the #2 spot and managing to break the 60k mark with final first week sales of 61,000 copies. We have a feeling My Krazy Life may continues to pick up steam in the coming months, as more and more people get put on to the West Coast rapper's strong debut. Will it be classic material, though? What are your thoughts? Read below for more updates on the current hip-hop/r'n'b chart toppers.
1) YG— My Krazy Life: YG finally made his Billboard debut this week with his highly-praised album My Krazy Life coming in strong at #2. Although the album was a little bit far from breaking the 100k mark in sales, he did manage to move 61,000 copies opening week. We’ll have to see how things play out for YG in the long run.
2) Pharrell Williams— G I R L: At first, Rick Ross’ Mastermind album had the lead on Pharrell’s G I R L, which both dropped the same day. Now, Pharrell’s album has picked up pace and comes in at #6 this week, right above Rozay. It’s down just one spot from last week, and moved 34,000 units. The total sales for G I R L are at 192,000.
3) Rick Ross— Mastermind: Ricky Rozay, like we mentioned, fell below Pharrell Williams this week, dropping from #3 last week to #7 on the Billboard 200. The MMG bawse still sold 27,000 units and brought his grand tally up to 256,000.
4) Beyonce— Beyonce: Beyonce has definitely been de-throned from the top of the Billboard 200, however she still finds herself high up there at #12, dropping one spot since last week. Jay Z’s wifey moved just under 18,000 copies this past week and dropped in sales by 19%.
5) Kevin Gates— By Any Means: Despite the Baton Rouge native dropping his By Any Means project for free as a mixtape, he also put up on iTunes—and managed to debut on the Billboard 200 with it. He’s obviously got some fans holding him down. The rapper debuted at #17 this week, moving 14,114 units.
6) Eminem— Marshall Mathers LP 2: After spending 20 weeks on the Billboard 200, Eminem has fallen to #27 from #20 last week. The rapper sold another 13,000 copies off the shelves this week, with total sales for MMLP2 reaching past the 2 milly mark-- 2,017,000. Double platinum.
7) ScHoolboy Q— Oxymoron: Oxymoron continues to make its way down the chart, from #15 last week Q has dropped once again to #29. Is Oxymoron going to fade off the charts quickly or will it make a resurgence? This week ScHoolboy Q moved 12,000 units. His total sales are 198,000.
8) Young Money— Rise Of An Empire: Young Money’s album is quickly descending down the Billboard 200, which may not come as a surprise. The album dropped to #36 this week, managing to move 11,000 units. The total sales for the LP are only 42,000.
9) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib— Pinata: Gangsta Gibbs and Madlib dropped off Pinata rather quietly on the same day as YG dropped My Krazy Life. Nonetheless, the joint effort was quite anticipated by hip-hop heads, and debuted at #39. The duo moved 9,300 copies opening week.
10) Jhene Aiko— Sail Out: While it appears as though Jhene Aiko’s older sister, Mila J, is ready for her time in the limelight (Ty Dolla $ign hopped on her remix earlier this week), Jhene Aiko herself continues to sell copies of her EP Sail Out. This week the singer comes in at #41. She moved 8,800 copies and her total sales have slowly climbed up to 181,000.
This week, Drake's Nothing Was The Same has dropped down almost ten spots to #48, moving 7,700 units (total:1,516,000). Kendrick Lamar is ten spots below Drizzy, at #58 with GKMC moving 6,100 copies (total: 1,220,000). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are becoming less relevant on the charts as well, as they drop down to #63, still selling 5,500 copies (total: 1,378,000). Childish Gambino's Because The Internet is up from #88 last week to #82. Finally, if you're wondering what happened to Kid Cudi, his album Satellite Flight is almost off the Billboard 200 coming in at #183 following last week's spot at #98.