A look at the week's rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
Last week belonged to Drake and Future, and while their numbers didn't live up to the inflated projections, they still managed to keep Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, and the persistent Beauty Behind The Madness out of the top spot. Miller's major label debut came in at number 3, a little lower than his previous independent offering, but we're sure the new money behind him will keep the gears moving throughout the year. The Weeknd is another artist who will probably be present on the charts for sometime, seeing no signs of backing down from the top 5 four weeks after the release of his album.
Check out the breakdown below.
1) Drake & Future—What A Time To Be Alive: Drake and Future did not meet their projections of 500,000 units, but still managed to nab the number one spot. For a project reportedly completed in six days, 334,423 in sales 375,458 (with streams) is still a very enviable figure.
2) The Weeknd—Beauty Behind The Madness: The Weeknd was knocked from his perch atop the charts this week, falling to number three behind WATTBA and Lana Del Rey's new LP. Now four weeks deep, Abel is still raking in the sales, with 41,187 units sold traditionally and 90,143 with streams. He's already at 492,339 total sales, and should achieve Gold status next week.
3) Mac Miller—GO:OD AM: Mac Miller's sales figure comes as somewhat as a disappointment, as his independent and less accessible Watching Movies With The Sound Off broke the 100k mark in 2013, while the new major label offering only moves 73,067 copies (86,914 with streams).
4) Andy Mineo—Uncomfortable: Andy Mineo proves once again that Christian rap is a surprisingly lucrative business, selling 32,054 copies of his new album (35,329 with streams) and coming in at number 10.
5) Future—DS2: While topping the charts for a second time this year with Drake, Future's DS2 is still selling. It comes in at 12 with 9,339 units moved this week (25,184 with streams). His total is now at 253,000.
6) Drake—IYRTITL: Drake is just below his WATTBA counterpart, Drake comes in at number 18 with 6,041 sold (19,455 with streams). His full tally is now 1,061,000.
7) Travi$ Scott—Rodeo: Travis drops from 13 to 22 in his third week on the charts. With 7,576 sold and 16,914 with streams.
8) J. Cole—2014 Forest Hills Drive: Cole falls from 26 to 29, with 4,647 sold (13,146 with streams). He's at 1,020,000 total sales.
9) Meek Mill—Dreams Worth More Than Money: Meek is still out her at 37, down from 30 last week. His album moves 1,998 copies this week, 10,751 with streams.
10) Dr. Dre—Compton: The hype for Straight Outta Compton has finally dropped down to a manageable level, and Dre's album has seen a natural decrease in sales. He's sold 437,671 copies so far, this week moving 8,558 (10,620 with streams). He's down from 23 to 39.
The Weeknd's success is not restricted to the album charts, as he continues to occupy the number one and number 3 slots on the Hot 100 (with "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face" respectively). "Earned It" is still kicking around at number 44. Drake is also a champion of the charts this week, taking "Hotline Bling" to number 4, before showing up at 33, 34, 52, 59, 70, 75, 81, 85, 86, 88, 89, and 100 (accompanied by Future on many of which). He's also set a new career goal, with 100 career Hot 100 entrees, pulling in behind Glee Cast, Lil Wayne, and Elvis for the all-time record. Will "Hotline Bling" be his first ever solo #1? Tune in next week to find out.