A look at this week's rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
The big success story this week is The Weeknd. We really should have seen it coming. Abel has had four singles floating on the Hot 100 for the last little while, and going into this week he had the number one song in the country. Beauty Behind The Madness has become his first number one album, and from the looks of it, it'll be selling for a while to come. Especially judging by the potential smashes yet to come.
1) The Weeknd—Beauty Behind The Madness: Even with multiple hits on the charts, The Weeknd came through with impressive numbers in his first week. With 325,518 copies sold (and 411,467 with streams), Abel didn't quite do Drake numbers, but he got pretty damn close.
2) Dr. Dre—Compton: Coming in at number 5, Dre is still doing big things on the charts. Multiple weeks in, he's still moving 27,530 copies (32,036 with streams). His total is 401,255 thus far.
3) Future—DS2: Mr. Hendrix is also still flourishing, coming in at number 11 this week with 10,444 sold (25,812 with streams). He's sitting at 226,000 sales total.
3) Drake—IYRTITL: Drake is still moving copies of that project he claimed was a mixtape. This week Drizzy fans scooped up 10,027 copies (22,632 with streams), making for a total of 1,044,000 sold in total.
4) N.W.A.—Straight Outta Compton: The Straight Outta Compton is putting money in Dre's pockets through many different avenues, one of which is N.W.A.'s acclaimed album, which brings in (13,150) in sales this week (19,736 with streams).
5) J. Cole—2014 Forest Hills Drive: Cole had something of a career milestone this week, finally breaking the million mark with FHD. Becoming the rapper to reach this feat in 2015 (though his project came out last year), Cole has now moved 1,004,000 copies of his third studio album -- 6,076 this week (14,126 with streams).
6) Nicki Minaj—The Pinkprint: Minaj is at number 24, with 9,967 sold, 13,483 with streams. Chances are her album will continue to sell as she still has a few single up her sleeve ("Trini Dem Girls" up next).
8) Big Sean—Dark Sky Paradise: Sean has been consistently selling his album on the low, with 322,000 copies moved so far. This week he sells 2,930 (12,137 with streams) and comes in at 29.
While he took the top album spot, The Weeknd was not able to hang onto the number one position on the Hot 100, with Bieber swooping in with his very first number 1. Still, Abel did pretty well for himself, pinning down 11 tracks on the chart, including the number 2 and 3 positions. Elsewhere, Drake and Future's "Where Ya At" climbs from 59 to 52, and Fetty Wap keeps it up with 4 tracks in the top 50, with "679" overtaking "Trap Queen" as the reigning single, holding down the number 8 spot.