This week in rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
The biggest story in this week's charts is the triumphant return of Janet Jackson, who -- as she should -- takes the top spot this week, making her one of three artists who has scored number one albums over the last four decades. It kicked off a very rap and R&B-heavy top 5, followed by The Weekend, Drake & Future, and Fetty Wap.
Take a look at the full breakdown below.
1) Janet Jackson—Unbreakable: Janet Jackson returns to the top spot for the seventh time with her new album, coming through with 116,000 combined sales (108,689 excluding streams).
2) The Weeknd—Beauty Behind The Madness: The Weeknd's first sales week was impressive, but more impressive is that Abel has been keeping his numbers up ever since. This week he's at number 2 (up from 5) with 72,778 combined sales (31,006 excluding streams). His total sales count is now at 559,077, so we assume the RIAA will certify his album Gold soon enough.
3) Drake & Future—What A Time To Be Alive:: Drake and Future are down one spot from 2 to 3, 64,944 units in combined sales this week (26,778 excluding streams).
4) Fetty Wap—Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap had a great first week, and he's still hanging on in his second go-around, rounding out the top 4 (making it the first all rap and R&B top 4 we've seen in a minute). Fetty's LP moves 64,280 copies (22,674 excluding streams). He's at 98,000 total sales.
5) Future—DS2: Future is up from 17 to 14 this week, once again placing two albums within the top 20. DS2 sells 20,392 units (6,289 excluding streams), putting its total at 266,000.
6) Drake—IYRTITL: Drake rounds out the top 20, up one spot from 21. His "mixtape" moves 17,976 units (4,901 excluding streams), beefing up his already impressive numbers to 1,071,000.
7) Bryson Tiller—Trapsoul: Bryson Tiller came out of nowhere to a pretty solid first week in sales with his debut project, Trapsoul, and it's still doing numbers, moving 17,376 copies in its second week (9,203 excluding streams), putting him at 33,000 total.
8) Mac Miller—GO:OD AM: Mac's first week was a bit underwhelming, and his album has also fallen down the charts pretty steadily since. He moves from 18 to 28 this week, with 13,115 in sales (7,058 excluding streams) and 92,000 overall.
9) J. Cole—2014 Forest Hills Drive: Cole is up three spots from 32 to 29, bringing in 13,101 units (4,117 excluding streams). He's moved 1,029,000 copies total.
10) Travis Scott—Rodeo: Scott is still hanging in the top 40, down from 33 to 34, and managing 12,055 copies sold (3,770 excluding streams), making his full figure 98,000.
Drake is gunning for that number one spot on this week's Hot 100, moving from 3 to 2, tying his highest ever solo peak with "Best I Ever Had". He continues to hint at the video dropping soon, and if that happens it could easily push it to number one (hopefully Apple allows him to put it on VEVO so the streams count towards his sales, but we kinda doubt it). Other moves include Ty Dolla $ign's "Blase," which is getting some new traction and jumping from 93 to 80, as well as Rae Sremmurd's "Come Get Her," which moves from 88 to 78. Drake and Future's "Jumpman" seems to be the biggest hit of the WATTBA pile at 30, but 8 of the other tracks from the project are still present on the charts as well.