Our weekly look at hip-hop and r'n'b album sales and chart performance.
Almost every release listed below actually moved up on Billboard 200 this past week, an impressive statistic that bodes well for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Kanye West, who both jumped up at least 15 spots over the 4th of July weekend. Without any new releases in the top spots, the list looks pretty familiar, but there were a few new records in some of the chart's higher spots. Peach Panther by RiFF RaFF debuts at #69, DJ Shadow's new LP is at #77, and Blood Orange comes in at #185, in terms of R&B and hip hop-related releases.
1) Drake - VIEWS: Continuing his domination at the top of the charts is Drake, whose recent album VIEWS hasn't come down since debuting at the top spot 9 weeks ago. He also continues to break Billboard records with this album-- the most recent news being that he's currently tied with Michael Jackson with the longest-running number one song and album (seven consecutive weeks). This week, VIEWS sells 24,801 and tallies 110,788 TAEU to continue its success.
2) Beyoncé - LEMONADE: After last week's run at #3, Bey is back up at #2 this week. While she can't quite catch Drake, her impressive 47,598 TAEU and 31,878 in physical copies is nothing to shake your head at.
3) Rihanna - ANTI: Rihanna has bounced around the top 10 spots throughout ANTI's 23 weeks on the charts, this week planting her flag at #5. She was able to sell another 36,959 TAEU and 7,843 in physical sales.
4) Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording: Hamilton is enjoying incredible success on Broadway, and it's translating onto the Billboard charts. Even after 40 weeks on the charts, it's still going strong, hitting the #6 spot this week (which is actually down two spots from last week). With 35,929 TAEU and 21,798 pure sales, it appears that a lot of people want to take the Broadway hits home with them.
5) Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul: Bryson Tiller proves to have one of the biggest gains in terms of performance on the Billboard 200 this week, making the leap from #27 to #11. With 22,551 TAEU and 6,214 in pure sales, the Louisville crooner is definitely not done yet. Keep in mind this album has been charting for 40 weeks now, and we may see it break within the top 10 again yet.
6) Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo: Despite not selling any records this week, Kanye West still manages to come in at #16 on the strength of his streams. With 19,356 TAEU, Pablo continues to make waves on the internet, and Yeezy rose a huge 15 spots from last week's stay at #31.
7) Kevin Gates - Islah: Kevin Gate's Islah is up to #18 from #20, a short jump but a jump nonetheless, after spending 22 weeks on the chart. The album moves 18,727 TAEU and 5,604 in pure sales this past week.
8) Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book: Chance The Rapper's groundbreaking mixtape, Coloring Book, also had a small spurt up the Billboard 200 this week, making a 3-spot move from #23 to #20. The album isn't for sale, but with 16,704 TAEU, you can bet fans are streaming it daily.
9) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness: The Weeknd was already selling out arenas and getting platinum plaques before he dropped his sophomore full-length, and that's not changing any time soon. The record is still going strong, coming in at #25 this week with 14,622 TAEU and 3,315 in pure sales. Once again, we're seeing an 11-spot rise in terms of his album's chart position.
10) Future - EVOL: Future's EVOL comes in at #28 this week, continuing the trend with a rise from #39 last week. The rapper (whose ex-wife just got re-married) with 13,993 TAEU and 1,385 in pure sales to tack onto his wildly successful couple years.
In terms of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Drake once again comes in at #1 with "One Dance" (see above regarding his current tie with Michael Jackson), and Justin Timberlake is right behind him again with "Can't Stop the Feeling." Desiigner, however, slips from #3 to #4 this time around, displaced by The Chainsmokers. Rihanna is in the top 10 twice, while Drake has his name on a whopping 11 singles in the Hot 100, including collaborations with YG, Future, and DJ Khaled.
"Sucker For Pain," the monster collaboration between Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons With Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors, debuts at #32. Elsewhere, DJ Khaled's "I Got The Keys" with Jay Z and Future debuts at #56 and Usher and Young Thug's "No Limit" debuts at #80.