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


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


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!


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!


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


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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Billboard Breakdown Week Ending 12/28/14: Nicki Minaj Holds Strong At #2; Fabolous Debuts At #12


Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Fabolous are all heading into 2015 with some great news, as they all had a strong sales week on Billboard with their respective new projects. As Nicki enters the second week of The Pinkprint being in stores, she follows up its 244k debut with another solid 156,000 units sold (105k of which are pure album sales,) maintaining her number 2 spot behind Taylor Swift’s 1989. That puts the HB at 400k already, with just 100k more to go until gold status!

Behind Nicki is J. Cole, who enters his third week of 2014 Forest Hills Drive at number 6 with 120k. The North Carolina native hit gold last week, so he’s now on his journey to platinum status.

As for Fabolous, his new album The Young OG Project released on Christmas day, made available ONLY online. So, with less than a week on the charts (as albums traditionally release on Tuesdays, not Thursday like Loso,) and nothing to buy in any store (since some people still live in the stone age and don’t have iTunes and Google Play accounts,) Fab STILL managed to sell a whopping 71,000 units, debuting at number 12! That’s huge!

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3 Fun Facts About ‘A Christmas Story’

A Christmas Story

I know MANY of you love A Christmas Story for the Christmas season, so I thought it’d be fitting to share 5 fun facts about it today! (I, on the other hand, have never been able to sit through the whole thing because it bores me to tears. But hey, that’s just me.) Hit the jump to get the 411!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 12/7/14 … Congrats To Mary J. Blige On A Top 10 Debut!

Billboard 200

We are in the second week of Billboard’s revamped metric system for the top albums in the country, and Taylor Swift is still sitting pretty at the top. 1989 moved 274,000 units in the week ending December 7, with 44k of that number due to the new calculations.

As previously reported, Billboard will now factor album streaming and single sales into the overall tally, with 1,500 streams (on providers like Spotify, Pandora, etc.) counting toward 1 full sale, and 10 single purchases as 1 sale as well. However, the Billboard 200 chart (which is all genres in one) is the only chart to use this system, as the specific genre charts will remain with the original formula for now.

As I noted last week, hip-hop doesn’t seem to be benefitting all that much from the change. It’s quite noticeable this week as Rick Ross, Eminem and Beyoncé were all knocked out of the top 10 after just one week there. Mary J. Blige debuts this week with The London Sessions, however, moving 57,000 units since its release last week. Only 2,000 come from streaming and/or single sales, though. Check out the full top 10 below!

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9 Celebs Name Their Favorite Lil Wayne Song


Today, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V was supposed to FINALLY be released, over 3 years and many delays since the fourth installment in the now-classic series, but unfortunately, that’s not happening…and may not for a while. On Thursday afternoon, the normally private Tunechi took to Twitter to air out Cash Money’s dirty laundry, and revealed that not only is he beefing with Birdman, but that C5 is the reason behind it, so it likely won’t see the light of day until he’s out of his deal. And if you know anything about how contracts and their legalities work – this could take forever!

So, while we mourn the delay of C5, XXL caught up with 9 rappers and producers to take a walk down memory lane in Weezyville. Check out Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Lloyd Banks and more below as they pick their favorite Lil Wayne cut of all time.

As for me, I have to go with his “UOENO” freestyle from 2013’s Dedication 5. I’ve been following Wayne’s career since 2005, but this one has just stuck out to me as my fav to sing along to! Let us know what your favorite Weezy song is in the comments!

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TIME Magazine Names Their Top 10 Best & Worst Songs Of The Year!

TIMEs Top 10 Best Songs of 2014

Every year, TIME Magazine puts out multiple end-of-the-year lists, and today we’ve got TIME’s Top 10 Best Songs of 2014 list, as well as their Top 10 Worst. I have no idea how they establish what makes these the “best” and the “worst,” but there are certainly some interesting picks on each list. Iggy Azalea and Fergie Ferg are just a couple of the folks that got thrown under the bus on the “worst” list, while Beyoncé, Tinashe and Future are just a few that are flourishing on the “best.” Check out the lists below!

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