A look at rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
Even when a project is only tangentially connected to Eminem, it tends to sell. Em's executive-production of the soundtrack for Southpaw (as well as some exclusive material) has earned it an admirable debut at number four on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Hopsin has come in at 17 with a tally of entirely traditional sales. Future doesn't appear to be leaving the top ten anytime soon, while Meek Mill also keeps his numbers relatively high.
Check out the full breakdown below.
1) Future—DS2: Future slides from the number one spot to second place, selling 30,950 copies in his follow-up week (53,003 with streams). His total tally is now at 157,000.
2) Eminem & Various Artists: Southpaw OST: The Eminem-featuring Southpaw soundtrack was the week's biggest rap debut, moving 32,307 units (49,252 with streams).
3) Meek Mill—Dreams Worth More Than Money: Meek Mill's beef with Drake hasn't seemed to cost him any sales, sticking within the top ten at number 8, with 12,743 copies sold (31,082 with streams). He's at a total of 313,000 sold thus far.
4) Tyrese—Black Rose: Tyrese has fallen to number ten, selling 22,481 copies of his new effort, 25,016 including streams.
5) Drake—IYRTITL: Drake is looking to break a million traditional sales next week, with 998,000 copies of the mixtape sold so far, 7,040 of which left the shelves this week (as well as and 21,011 with streams).
6) Hopsin—Pound Syndrome: Interestingly, Hopsin's debut comes in exclusively with traditional sales, as the Funk Volume rapper did not have his LP available for stream. It moves a total of 17,149 copies and comes in at 17.
7) Nicki Minaj—The Pinkprint: Nicki, who is still in the middle of her North American tour, slides from 18 to 25. She moves 2,946 copies of her LP (14,848 with streams), for a total of 652,000 so far.
8) J. Cole—2014 Forest Hills Drive: Cole is also on a tour of his own (though he was unfortunately forced to cancel his Montreal date). He's thus hung in the top 30, moving from 29 to 28 this week with 6,187 copies sold (13,799 with streams). He's at 971,000 total sales.
Fetty Wap is still working with three singles within the top 20, and the iTunes release of "again," he has yet another potential smash. While some are talking like Meek Mill's career will be negatively affected by his Drake beef, his radio single, "All Eyes On You" is moving up the charts, jumping from 30 to 21 this week. On that note, "R.I.C.O." has also moved from 46 to 40. Could this be an all publicity is good publicity type of effect? Outside of that, Janet Jackson's "No Sleeep" has jumped in at number 63, and Rae Sremmurd's "This Could Be Us" moves from 61 to 53.