Hip Hop Album Sales: Drake Falls From Top Spot & Joey Badass's "All-Amerikkkan Bada$$" Makes Debut
After three weeks at the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Drake’s More Life playlist drops one slot, yet the project most certainly has more shelf life as the spring months roll on. Chainsmokers’ Memories…Do Not Open debuted at #1 this week, while Joey Bada$$’s second studio album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ landed at #5 in its first week. Drizzy’s More Life is still the streaming champion, which will undoubtedly carry over in the weeks to come.
Drake’s More Life No Longer Owns The Top Spot
Drake’s chart-topping ways carried over from VIEWS to More Life, with the former album spending an amazing six months in the Billboard Top 200 chart’s top five rankings at various levels. VIEWS spent 13 weeks at #1, and 26 weeks in the top five, just one of seven other albums to do so. Will that good luck be spread to More Life as it slips to the #2 position? Amazingly, VIEWS is still in the top 25, sitting at #22 for the week.
Joey Bada$$ Makes Splash With #5 Debut
As the face of Pro Era, Joey Bada$$ has carried the New York collective on his back with unflinching authority while still remaining focused on the crew. In his second solo outing, the Brooklyn bomber’s All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ takes a slight departure from the boom-bap found on B4.Da.$$. With features from ScHoolboy Q, J. Cole and Styles P, Joey might be hoisting more plaques in the future if the album continues to pick up steam after debuting at #5.
Other notable moves on the charts include Tech N9ne’s collaborations album Dominion, which debuted at #29 with 15,702 equivalent album units and nearly 2 million streams. Both Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ransom 2 and Trey Songz’s Tremaine The Album have spent three weeks on the charts. The Atlanta producer’s project dropped considerably from its first-week placement at #24 to now sitting at #114. Trigga debuted strongly at #3 and now sits at #31.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/13/2017
Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.
#1 Chainsmokers – Memories…Do Not Open – 221,176 (166,044) [59,930,156]
#2 Drake – More Life – 107,715 (10,382) [135,024,690]
#3 Ed Sheeran – Divide – 69,712 (27,459) [45,049,768]
#4 Pentatonix – PTX Vol IV: Classics – 53,764 (50,337) [2,452,240]
#5 Joey Bada$$ – All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ – 50,798 (28,279) [30,863,599]
#6 Bruno Mars — 24K Magic — 45,485 (18,205) [25,170,714]
#8 Kodak Black — Painting Pictures — 38,768 (2,305) [51,028,771]
#9 Future — Future — 38,294 (2,455) [47,072,504]
#12 Migos — Culture — 34,178 (3,290) [41,335,353]
#15 Post Malone — Stoney — 25,440 (1,966) [31,441,183]