Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 2/22/15 … Drake Remains In The Top 3

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Though he’s been knocked out of the top spot by Imagine Dragons’ new album Smoke + Mirrors, Drake is still sitting comfortably in the top 3 for the second week with his mixtape, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. After debuting at number 1 with only 4 days worth of sales, the project comes in at number 2 this week with another 187k sold. He’s been certified gold and it hasn’t even been two weeks! Crazy! Get the full top 10 below.

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Happy Chinese New Year: 5 Fun Facts About The Holiday!

Happy Chinese New Year

Today begins the Chinese New Year, the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. 2015 is the year of the goat, but you may see it referred to as the “Year of the Sheep” because of the Chinese character “yang,” which can translate in colloquial Chinese as either sheep or goat.

Get a few more fun facts about today’s holiday below!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 2/15/15 … Congrats To Drake On A #1 Album!

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In just 3 days (as Billboard closes out its tally each week on Sunday nights and Drake dropped late Thursday night,) Drake managed to move 495k hard copies of his “mixtape,” If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, as well as break a Spotify record with more than 17.3 million first-week streams. The project will undoubtedly go gold by next week’s charts (if not already,) and with Billboard’s new SPS (sales plus streaming) methodology, it’s actually already at 535k. No word whether this will ever be available other than digitally, but Drizzy’s official studio album, Views From the 6, is due out later this year.

Get the full top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 below!

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Billboard 200’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 2/8/15

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As Taylor Swift continues her reign at the top of the Billboard 200 with 1989 at its 11th week in the number one spot, Kid Ink broke the top 20 with Full Speed…but didn’t quite make the top 10.

Despite the success of its first single “Body Language” with Tinashe and Usher, and the rising success of the second single “Hotel” with Chris Brown, Full Speed sold 29k units since its release last Tuesday, landing the #14 spot. The number also includes 3 million streams and 65k single songs sales, so it’s not exactly a flop.

Check out the full list of Billboard 200’s Top 10 below.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 2/1/15 … Congrats To Ne-Yo On A Top 5 Debut!

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Congrats are in order for the homie Ne-Yo! His new album Non-Fiction debuted at number 5 this week, selling 59k units (SPS) since its release last Tuesday. The singer is 6 for 6 with top 10 debuts now, starting off at number 1 in 2006 with In My Own Words, 2007’s Because of You at number 1, 2008’s Year of the Gentleman at number 2, 2010’s Libra Scale at number 9 and R.E.D. at number 4 in 2012.

Check out the full top 10 below!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 1/25/15 … Congrats To Joey Bada$$ On A Top 5 Debut!

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Fall Out Boy earn their third number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week, as American Beauty/American Psycho arrives on top with 218,000 equivalent album units sold. The rock group will be hitting the road with Wiz Khalifa for the Boys of Zummer tour this summer, and you can get more info here.

Also debuting high this week is Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$, coming in at number 5 with his debut album, B4.Da.$$! 58k is huge for an artist with relatively no radio play, and it also gives him the number ONE spot on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums. Congrats!

Not faring as well was rapper Lupe Fiasco, though, whose new album Tetsuo & Youth comes in at number 14 on the Billboard 200 with equivalent sales of 42k. Get the full top 10 below!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 1/18/15

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While last week’s only debut was Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife, the guys have fallen way out of the top 10 album sales chart for the Billboard 200, but there are 2 who are still holding strong – Nicki Minaj and J. Cole! With both The Pinkprint and 2014 Forest Hills Drive on the charts for over a month now, Nicki moved another 54k units this week, securing the number 6 spot, while Cole is comfy at number 10 with another 38k units.

Check out the full list of the Billboard 200’s top 10 album sales below!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 1/11/15 … Congrats To Rae Sremmurd On A #5 Debut!

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Congrats are in order for Mike WiLL Made It’s dynamic duo, Rae Sremmurd. The pair make for the only new arrival on the Billboard 200 this week, as their debut album SremmLife comes in at number 5 with 49,000 units sold, 34k of which were via traditional album sales.

After just 4 weeks on the charts with The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj has officially surpassed the 500k mark in sales, solidifying her gold certification! Slipping from the number 2 position it’s held the last 3 weeks into number 3, The Pinkprint sold an additional 60,000 units this week, making the total tally at 544k! Note that this is the SPS number (Billboard’s new methodology,) as her physical sales are at 384k.

J. Cole also remains in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week, as 2014 Forest Hills Drive is steady at number 7 with another 45k sold. Check out the full top 10 below!

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Check Out How Nicki Minaj & J. Cole Did On The Charts This Week…And Where Rae Sremmurd Is Expected To Debut!

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Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint has entered its third week in stores, while J. Cole and 2014 Forest Hills Drive are on their fourth, and both are still doing very well on the Billboard charts!

Nicki did another solid 84k (51k physical/31k streaming/singles) this week, holding down her number 2 spot, just behind the reigning champ, Taylor Swift. This now puts the HB at 484k! At the rate she’s going, it’s looking like a gold plaque will be awarded to her by next week!

As for Jermaine, 2014 Forest Hills Drive slips 6-7 on the Billboard 200 with 59k sold, 47k of which were physical copies.

Next week we’ll be seeing the premiere of Rae Sremmurd’s debut SremmLife on the charts, and Billboard reports that the duo may sell upwards of 45k to 50k, making for the only debut in the top 10 that week. That’s pretty solid! In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below.

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Forbes Announces 2014 30 Under 30 In Music List With DJ Mustard, A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea, Hit-Boy and More

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It’s that time of year again when Forbes chooses their 30 influencers under 30-years-old in various genres. We’re here for the 30 Under 30 In Music list of course, and their 2015 picks feature tons of our faves from Chance The Rapper, producer Hit-Boy, Jhene Aiko, Iggy Azalea, her ex (and my future baby daddy) A$AP Rocky and more. Hit the jump for the full list!

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