A glance at the performance of hip-hop and r'n'b albums this past week.
With the appearance of a brand new #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, each and every hip hop release highlighted below slipped over the past week, with the exception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who debuted at #4. That's a pretty wild trend to see: Rihanna went from #2 to #3, The Weeknd went from #6 to #12, Kevin Gates went from #9 to #13, so on and so forth.
Aside from the albums listed below, a noteworthy debut includes Santigold's album, which came in at #55. Perhaps things will get a bit more interesting next week, when Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered. gets included in the mix, as well as 2 Chainz (featuring Lil Wayne) Collegrove album.
1) Rihanna - ANTI: With The 1975's new album taking the #1 spot this week, and Adele taking the #2 spot, Rihanna lands at #3 for her latest release. This time, she tacks on 71,231 TAEU and 22,721 pure sales for ANTI, her eighth studio album with features by SZA and Drake, and production by No I.D, DJ Mustard, Timbaland, and more.
2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I've Made: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are one of the most polarizing duos in modern hip hop, and it's translating into sales. This week, they made their Billboard 200 debut at #4 with their second studio record, moving 61,444 TAEU and 51,336 sales for its debut. Compare that to The Heist's opening week back in 2012, where they debuted at #2 and moved 78,000 copies.
3) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness: Although Abel slipped from #6 last week to #12 this week, he ain't goin' too far away. For his 27th week on the charts, he moves another 32,813 TAEU and 12,780 in pure sales for the hit-laden record that's riding high off tracks like "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face."
4) Kevin Gates - Islah: After debuting at #2, Islah has slowly slipped down the charts, but moving enough units not to stray too far away from the top 10. This week, Kevin Gates comes right after The Weeknd at the #13 spot, moving 30,391 TAEU and 13,455 in pure sales for his debut studio record.
5) Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L: After being one of last year's breakthrough success stories, Bryson Tiller's T R A P S O U L continues to thrive in 2016. This week, he did 30,258 TAEU and 9,716 sales with his infectious alternative R&B style, landing at #14 on the Billboard 200, a four-spot drop from last week.
6) G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out: At #15 is Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy. When It's Dark Out, the California MC's latest effort, moves an additional 28,352 TAEU and 7,213 pure album sales for its thirteenth week on the charts.
7) Yo Gotti - The Art of Hustle: After debuting at #4 last week, Yo Gotti has slipped pretty hard into the #16 spot. His fifth album, The Art of Hustle, moves another 22,877 TAEU and 12,596 pure sales this time around.
8) Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap: Celebrating his 23rd week on the Billboard charts, Fetty wap lands at the #17 spot, slipping only two spots since last week. He moves another 22,198 TAEU and 5,328 in pure sales for his self-titled LP, which is still riding high off smash hit singles.
9) Future - EVOL: Last week Future was at #14, and this week he's at #19. EVOL does 20,364 TAEU and 4,841 in pure sales during its fourth week on the charts. Not too shabby considering how much music he's released this year already.
10) Flo Rida - My House: Flo Rida has been on the Billboard 200 for nearly fifty weeks now for his latest release My House. This time he does 19,543 TAEU and 1,939 in pure sales.
Rihanna and Drake's "Work" continues to do work at the #1 spot, as not a whole lot of changes have gone down in the Billboard Hot 100 over the past week. Fifth Harmony has a Ty Dolla $ign-featured track that debuted at #12, but besides that things are looking real familiar. Drake continues to be the most dominate force in the hip hop game, with three tracks in the top 30 spots.