A weekly look at the performance of hip-hop and r'n'b albums.
With a new album at #1 on Billboard's 200 chart (Shawn Mendes' Illuminate if you're curious), Drake recedes back to the #2 spot this week, where he's followed by the Suicide Squad soundtrack, Travis Scott and Rihanna to represent hip hop in the top 10. Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Maxwell, and Usher remain in the top 20, while DJ Khaled slips into the #27 position. Ty Dolla $ign debuts just behind him, at #28, with his new Apple Music mixtape Campaign.
Mac Miller, who debuted just last week at #2, slips all the way to the #30 spot with Divine Feminine, despite having big-name features from Ty, Kendrick, Ariana Grande, and more. Elsewhere, Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition debuts at the #77 spot and Mick Jenkins' The Healing Component hits #110 for its debut. We'll have to see if these two underground kings make it up a few positions in the weeks to come.
1) Drake – VIEWS: Drake is nudged back to #2 this week after briefly reclaiming the top spot last week. VIEWS still stands as one of the most successful albums of the year, and this week Drake brings in 50,389 TAEU and 7,528 pure sales to add on to that.
2) Various Artists – Suicide Squad: The Album: The Suicide Squad soundtrack has heavy hitters by Skrillex, Lil Wayne, Action Bronson, and many more. It's been surprising, however, to watch the movie soundtrack maintain a position in the top 5 albums since it was released a couple months ago-- when was the last time a movie soundtrack managed this feat? It remains consistent this week, tallying 41,943 TAEU and 13,788 in physical sales this week.
3) Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight: Travis Scott was down to #7 last week, but he's up to #6 this week, a good sign for fans of La Flame. Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight has features from Kid Cudi (who we send our best wishes to) and Kendrick Lamar, helping it to garner 26,978 TAEU and 2,785 pure sales this time around.
4) Rihanna – ANTI: Rihanna managed (perhaps unsurprisingly, it's Rihanna) to bust back into the top 10 with ANTI, her eighth studio album. The record spent last week at #12, but proves that it isn't done fighting for supremacy even 36 weeks after its initial release. During this album cycle, the #9 album moves 22,840 TAEU and 4,314 pure sales.
5) Beyonce — LEMONADE: Dropping just one spot, from #15 to #16, is Beyonce with LEMONADE. The record tallies 18,470 TAEU and 12,773 pure sales during this, its 23rd week on the charts. It'll be interesting to see if her sister Solange shows up on this list next week.
6) Frank Ocean – Blonde: Right behind Beyonce is Frank Ocean at #17. Blonde, his long-awaited release, spent just one week at #1 before sliding down the charts, but it remains in the top 20. He's slipped down a few spots from last week's #14 position though, and counts 17,741 TAEU and 3,669 in physical copies towards its legacy.
7) Kanye West – The Life of Pablo: Kanye West has had a rough week after Paris thieves held his wife at gunpoint and robbed her, forcing him to reschedule some "Saint Pablo" tour dates. Nevertheless, The Life of Pablo is still on the charts, coming in at #18 this week, the same spot it held last week. The LP counts 17,024 TAEU and no physical sales.
8) Maxwell — blackSUMMERS‘ Night: Maxwell's blackSUMMERS' Night, his first album in seven years, is back in Billboard 200's top 20 this week. The record moves 16,496 TAEU and 16,129 pure sales as it lands at #19.
9) Usher – Hard II Love: At #20 is Usher, whose latest album Hard II Love features fellow ATLiens Young Thug and Future. The album had a relatively strong second week out, doing 16,433 TAEU and 9,914 in pure sales. Ursh debuted at #5 last week.
10) DJ Khaled — Major Key: DJ Khaled's new album, Major Key, is slightly removed from the top 20 this week, settling at #27, a seven-spot drop from last week. The South Florida resident, who has all the keys to life (and will soon share them in a book), tallies 15,075 TAEU and 3,055 pure sales as the album celebrates nine weeks on the charts.
"Starboy," the new hit from The Weeknd and Daft Punk, jumped all the way from the #40 spot to the #3 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week, meaning it's got some serious steam behind it as it looks to take the #1 spot from The Chainsmokers. D.R.A.M.'s "Broccoli" sticks at the #8 spot for the second week in a row despite weeks of climbing, but will hopefully continue to rise. Drake has 8 songs total on the Hot 100, and Rihanna has 4 in the top 50.