A look at hip-hop sales and chart placements this week.
This week marks the end of an era, with Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" unseating the seemingly invincible "Uptown Funk". The success of Khalifa's record was seen in album sales as well with Furious 7 moving up to the top spot on the Billboard 200. This week saw no big debuts, and we watched Wale and Ludacris fall 10-plus spots following their opening weeks last cycle. Take a look at the full breakdown below.
1) Various— Furious 7: The soundtrack to the new massively successful installment in the Fast & The Furious series has made it's way to number in its 4th week on the chart. The OST racked up 111,109 sales with streams, but only 45,084 without, indicating that Khalifa's record-shattering numbers on Spotify played a large role in sales. It's amassed 100,000 sales without streams so far.
2) Kendrick Lamar—To Pimp A Butterfly: The first proper rap album on the list appears at number 7, as Kendrick falls from 4 this week. K-Dot moved 41,619 copies this week, mainly without streams, and sits at 513,216 total copies sold.
3) Drake—If You're Reading This It's Too Late: Drake has actually gained some ground this week rising form 14 to 8. He moves 40,344 with a total of 822,659 copies sold thus far. We're expecting a major spike next week, when the physical release of his album hits stores.
4) Wale—The Album About Nothing: MMG's Seinfeld enthusiast suffers a pretty big loss this week, falling from the top spot to number 11. TAAN moves 33,183 units this week, with 25,470 in traditional sales. Its final tally comes to 113,680.
5) Empire—Season 1 OST: Empire is yet another rap-oriented soundtrack that's been holding out in the charts over the last couple of weeks. It moves up from 15 to 12 this cycle, with 31,988 copies sold and 301,489 in total.
6) Flo Rida—My House: Flo Rida has a pretty successful single at the moment, but his quietly released EP failed to debut within the top ten, coming in at 13 with 27,254 sold and only 7,572 excluding streams.
7) Nicki Minaj—The Pinkprint: Nicki's third studio album jumps 10 spots from 26 to 16, bringing in 24,884 in sales, primarily in streams (only 6,005 through traditional purchases). The Pinkprint has sold an admirable 591,938 copies thus far.
8) Big Sean—Dark Sky Paradise: Sean is also on the rise, moving him from 25 to 17, once again neck-and neck with Nicki, but this time she has the upper hand. Dark Sky Paradise sells 23,666 this week (8,330 excluding streams), which adds up to a grand total of 244,857.
9) Ludacris—Ludaversal: Like Wale, Luda has suffered a substantial loss following his opening week, falling from 3 to 18. He moves 23,629 units, almost entirely in traditional sales, which puts him at 80,579 overall.
The biggest story in this week's Hot 100 is Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," which jumped from ten to one, unseating "Uptown Funk," which had held the spot for 14 weeks, tying the record for longest run in the number one spot. Meanwhile, "Trap Queen" jumps from 6 to 4, giving us hope that it could one day be a number 1 song as well. Future's "Commas" is also becoming a record to look out for climbing from 98 to 79 in its second week on the charts. Meanwhile, Rae Sremmurd's "Throw Some Mo" and Big Sean's "Blessings" each move up a few spots to 30 and 28, respectively.