A weekly look at sales for hip-hop and r'n'b albums, as well as chart positions.
The Billboard Chart saw a new number one this week in the form of Future, whose album EVOL is currently the top-selling album in the country. Apparently rolling it out on DJ Khaled's radio show wasn't such a bad idea, as the record has sold nearly 100k in its first week. Making way for Future's climb to the top is Rihanna, who slipped from #1 to #3 this week.
Wiz Khalifa had a strong debut with his sixth studio album KHALIFA, while Kevin Gates continues to have great success with his studio debut Islah. Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd, and Fetty Wap all continue to enjoy their lengthy runs on the charts, and Young Thug enters the fold with his latest effort I'm Up.
1) Future - EVOL: With 133,639 total album equivalent units moved, Future jumped to the top of the charts this week with his latest project EVOL. He nearly hit 100,000 on pure album sales, and boasted over 25 million streams of 11-track album. Congrats to Nayvadius on his third #1 album!
2) Rihanna - ANTI: Rihanna crushed Future in album streams, but only sold about half of the Atlanta rap star's units. With 51,526 units in pure sales, Rihanna lands a number of 96,327 total album equivalent units (down 42 percent), which moves her down from #1 to #3 on the Billboard 200.
3) Wiz Khalifa - KHALIFA: Wiz came out strong with the release of KHALIFA, despite less-than-stellar reviews from our readers. He's moved 64,038 TAEU with 45,090 in pure album sales for his sixth studio effort's debut on the charts, debuting at #6 on the charts. Still, let's keep in mind Blacc Hollywood moved around 90,000 opening week, and had a #1 debut.
4) Kevin Gates - Islah: After debuting at #2, Kevin Gates slipped to #10 this week with his studio debut. The record has sold 24,364 in physical copies this week, selling 66% less than last week's debut. Just as impressive, he's logged 16 million streams of the record, which also has - count 'em - seven singles. His sales + streaming (TAEU) figure this week is 40,427 units.
5) The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness: Abel sold more records this week than last week, up a whopping 55% in sales (perhaps getting a push from Grammy press?) and scoring 36,662 TAEU. He hasn't moved at all in the chart, sticking at #12 for the second week in a row, while pure album sales the past week were at 16,580 copies.
6) Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L: It's another week on the charts for up-and-comer Bryson Tiller. Trapsoul has done another 32,724 TAEU, with 10,992 units as pure sales. His grand tally is currently 226,200 units. Tiller slides just slightly from #9 to #13 on his RCA debut, which was released in October of last year.
7) G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out: Sliding from #10 to #14, California's G-Eazy tallied 31,289 TAEU this week, with 9,896 in pure album sales. He keeps on keeping on, with 218,000 total sales.
8) Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap has been hanging out in the chart for a while now, and it's mostly due to his massive singles he put on his self-titled debut. He did 23,597 TAEU with 4,921 pure album sales and a whopping 17 million+ streams. His total album sales thus far reached 288,000 copies. Fetty is at #18 for the second week in a row.
9) Flo Rida - My House: The newest EP from Flo Rida stays streaming, but doesn't do much in the form of sales. With 22,979 TAEU, only 2,157 units have been sold while 8,694,531 streams have occurred.
10) Young Thug - I'm Up: Thugger is still teasing Slime Season 3, but while we all await that he dropped off I'm Up, which debuted at #22. Along with his feature on The Life of Pablo and a guest spot on Kanye's performance on SNL, Young Thug is having a great week. I'm Up did 21,851 TAEU this week, with 14,648 in sales.
Perhaps the bigest story in the Hot 100 is Drake's "Summer Sixteen," which slipped from #6 to #26 after an impressive start. His Rihanna collaboration "Work," however, climbed from #7 to #4 this week. Flo Rida and G-Eazy keep them company in the top 10.
The Weeknd has five tracks in the Hot 100, and Drake is right behind him with four (all of which are in the top 30). Future has three tracks in the Hot 100 as well.