A weekly summary of hip-hop and r'n'b album sales.
It's April 6th, and time for another edition of our Charts Don't Lie series. This week, we see a couple new records begin to chart, in the form of K. Michelle's More Issues Than Vogue and Young Thug's Slime Season 3. The two releases land at #2 and #7 respectfully. It's worth noting that Zayn's solo debut Mind of Mine snagged the #1 spot for its debut on the Billboard 200.
Aside from those two albums, the rest of the list looks familiar for anyone who has been watching the charts throughout the year. Mainstays like Rihanna, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, Fetty Wap, G-Eazy, Future, and Flo Rida continue to stick inside the top 25, while breakout success Kevin Gates holds it down at the #11 spot (the same place he was last week). Not listed is Domo Genesis, who landed at the #110 spot with his newest record Genesis, along with dvsn who debuted at the #133 spot with their debut album Sept. 5th.
1) K. Michelle - More Issues Than Vogue: K. Michelle's third studio album More Issues Than Vogue is off to a terrific start, moving 59,158 TAEU (total album equivalent units) and 54,066 pure sales in its debut week. The Memphis, Tennessee R&B star debuts at #2, just behind Zayn Malik's Mind of Mine.
2) Rihanna - ANTI: Rihanna was at #3 last week, and this week she's in the exact same spot. Her eighth studio album moves an additional 50,151 TAEU and 14,632 in pure sales for its tenth week on the charts.
3) Young Thug - Slime Season 3: Thugger's long-awaited Slime Season 3 debuts at #7 this week, moving 38,349 TAEU and 22,124 in pure sales, off the strength of tracks like "Digits" and "With Them." This is an improvement from I'm Up's opening week, as well as Barter 6. We'll have to wait and see if he can break into the top 5 come HiTunes time.
4) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness: Back in the top 10 this week is Abel Tesfaye. The singer moves up from last week's #13 spot to #10, The Weeknd tallies an additional 29,819 TAEU and 13,385 pure sales during his 31st week on the Billboard 200 chart.
5) Kevin Gates - Islah: Who would've thought that Kevin Gates' Islah would be such a steady presence on the charts? Staying put at the #11 spot, Gates does 27,626 TAEU and 8,616 pure sales as he continues his journey to superstardom.
6) Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L: Bryson Tiller slid just one spot, from #12 to #13, but something tells me that it isn't such a big deal to the Louisville native. His T R A P S O U L album did 25,868 TAEU and 6,049 in pure sales this week.
7) G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out: California native G-Eazy has made quite the name for himself with his sophomore LP When It's Dark Out. After peaking at #5, G-Eazy has made a descent, although never too far down. This week he remains at #14 and does another 25,007 TAEU and 4,721 in pure album sales.
8) Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap moves down from his #18 position last week to #21 this week, with his self-titled studio debut. The album swung another 19,472 TAEU and 3,706 pure sales, while his infectious hits continue to populate radio airwaves all over the country.
9) Future - EVOL: We're definitely not seeing a lot of movement on the Billboard 200 this week. Future's EVOL is another project that's at a standstill this week, keeping #22 on lock. The album-mixtape moved another 19,214 TAEU and 5,133 pure sales.
10) Flo Rida - My House: For its 52nd week on the charts, Flo Rida's EP lands at the #23 spot. This time, the Florida crossover success tallies 18,703 TAEU and 1,721 sales onto his already-crazy success. He may not be big on this site, but he's definitely big somewhere.
For the seventh week in a row, Rihanna and Drake are at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. I guess the single just "works"? Desiigner continues to climb the charts with "Panda," the track that was sampled on Kanye's The Life of Pablo and is igniting airwaves ever since. Billboard notes that the single has the biggest gain in streams along with biggest growth in performance. Can the song eclipse the top 10? We can't wait to find out.
Young Thug's "With Them" and "Digits" both make their way onto the chart after Slime Season 3 took the world by storm last week. A$AP Ferg's Future-assisted single "New Level" finally broke onto the Hot 100, albeit at the #97 spot (still, about time!), and Fat Joe & Remy Ma's "All The Way Up" makes its debut at the #91 spot. Flo Rida and G-Eazy have their usual singles in the top 10 (again), and the Ty Dolla $ign-featured single from Fifth Harmony lands at the #10 spot this week.