Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
This week the race between T.I. and Logic for the top spot on the Billboard 200 comes to a close. Many fans have been anticipating the competition between the OG and the newcomer, and the final tally finds Tip coming out ahead by less than 10,000 copies. Paperwork didn't nab the #1 spot but finagled #2 with 80k copies. Under Pressure comes up under T.I. at #4 with a solid 72k. Both rappers performed better than expected. However, when it comes to long term maintenance, we have a feeling Logic may eventually conquer Paperwork. What do you think? Logic has loyal fans, and his fanbase continues to grow with help from Def Jam. T.I. may not be acquiring as many new fans on the regular these days. This week on the charts we also find two TDE spitters make a significant rise up (or in ScHoolboy Q's case, a re-entrance) the Billboard 200. Could Kendrick Lamar's buzz for his new single "i" be the sole factor contributing to his spurt of good kid, m.A.A.d city sales? What about Oxymoron? Check out what went down below.
1) Â Â Â Â T.I.â Paperwork: T.I. was able to outsell Logic opening week despite their sales projections being neck-and-neck. Tip sold more than expected, moving 80,000 units opening week, and landing Paperwork a #2 debut. While itâs not quite the numbers heâs done in the past, it still qualifies as his ninth album to debut within the Billboard 200âs top 10.
2) Â Â Â Â LogicâÂ Under Pressure: For a debut album from an (formerly) independent rapper who built his fanbase from the ground up, Logic really did well for himself opening week. Although he didnât sell more than the Kang, he did move a sold 72,000 units, coming in at #4.
3) Â Â Â Chris BrownâÂ X: After Under Pressure, we go all the way down to #30 to find Chris Brownâs latest album, X. The album sold 9,793 copies this week, which brought total sales up to 244,700. Brown has been charting for 6 weeks.
4) Â Â Â The Gameâ Year of the Wolf: In his second week of charting, The Gameâs Blood Money album drops down from #7 to #31. The somewhat lackluster project sold another 9,440 which brings the total sales to 42,325.
5) Â Â Â Â Jeezyâ Seen It All: Jeezy rose up one spot this week, to #41. The Snowman pushed another 6,815 copies of Seen It All off shelves, and rounded up his total sales to 226,088.
6) Â Â Â Â LecraeâÂ Anomaly: Lecrae and Jeezy continue to stay relatively close together on the charts. Lecrae fell a bit this week, with Anomaly coming in at #48, down from last weekâs #39. The rapper still managed to sell 6,403 copies, with total sales of 173,765.
7) Â Â Â Â Iggy AzaleaâÂ The New Classic: With a re-release on the way, Iggy Azaleaâs The New Classic falls a few spots to #63. Itâs hard to say whether or not sheâll continue dropping or rise back up. Nonetheless this week, after charting for 27 weeks, the Australian sold 4,709 copies. Her total sales are nearing 400k, currently at 391,971.
8) Â Â Â Â Kendrick Lamarâ good kid, m.A.A.d city: With his new single âIâ out now, and another one reportedly on the way (âKing Kuntaâ), K. Dotâs debut major label album is receiving a spurt in sales. The album madeÂ big climb, from #133 to #68. It seems some fans are just getting hip to the good kid, and 4,498 copies of GKMC were sold this past week. Total sales are 1,323,773.
9) Â Â Â Â Wiz Khalifaâ Blacc Hollywood: Wiz Khalifaâs new album fell down this week to #72. As he prepares to embark on his âBig Secret Blacc Hollywoodâ tour, the rapperâs album moved only 4,305 copies this week. His total sales are 189,701.
10) Â Â Â Jhene Aikoâ Souled Out: Jhene Aikoâs debut also saw quite a drop this week, after coming in at #55 last week, the singer falls to #73. Sheâs been charting for 7 weeks, and sold 4,303 more copies of Souled Out. The albumâs grand tally is 125,315.
Interestingly enough, another TDE rapper, ScHoolboy Q, finds himself charting again. Oxymoron fell off the Billboard 200 completely, but managed to re-enter it this week at #74, after selling 4,270 copies (total sales are 331,895). What could have caused Qâs sales to rise up like this? In Hot 100 single news, ILoveMakonnenâs âTuesdayâ with Drake climbs up 27 spots to #35, while Big Seanâs âI Donâtâ Fuck With Youâ climbs 14 spots to #34. âLifestyleâ from Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug finds a new peak at #17. Bobby Shmurdaâs âHot Boyâ rises up 1 spot to #8. Jeremihâs âDonât Tell âEm,â on the other hand, drops 1 spot to #7. Iggy Azaleaâs âBlack Widowâ single also experienced a drop, going 2 spots down to #6.