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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A$AP Rocky Speaks On Tragic Passing Of A$AP Yams & His Impact On Sophomore Album


As the Hip Hop industry mourns the death of fallen co founder A$AP Yams, A$AP Rocky took some time to discuss his thoughts on the tragedy, while debuting his big acting role in ‘Dope’ during the Sun Dance Film Festival.

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Kid Cudi Talks About Deleted Male-On-Male Kissing Scene In Upcoming Film

Kid Cudi

The multi-talented Kid Cudi has taken to Billboard to speak on his latest acting gig ‘James White’, where he had a spontaneous male on male kissing scene!

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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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Lupe Fiasco Says Kendrick Lamar And J Cole Are ” The New Lupes ”


Lupe Fiasco Says Kendrick Lamar And J Cole Are ” The New Lupes ” Talks about how he doesn’t want to be relevant anymore also discusses the current state of Hip Hop.. CLICK READ MORE FOR THE DETAILS

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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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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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(Video) Nicki Minaj Now Has More Hot 100 Hits Than Madonna

Nicki Breaks More Records

Nicki Minaj Now Has More Hot 100 Hits Than Madonna with a slew of features and only two albums since her debut, for total of third best among all women throughout Billboard music history. Bet you can’t guess who else she passed and who’s still ahead of her…

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First Week Sales Projections For Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Are In!

Nicki Minaj

The Pinkprint is Nicki Minaj’s favorite body of work to date, and it has been getting stellar reviews across the board as well. Unlike J. Cole and his surprise album, Nicki has been promoting this one for a while now, with multiple hits on the radio, sexy music videos, television appearances, magazine covers and the like. So, how will it stand on the charts?

Interestingly enough, despite the vast difference in promo, first week sales predictions for The Pinkprint pale in comparison for the numbers that Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive has done. According to HDD, after being released on Monday, The Pinkprint is currently on track for a number one debut next week with a predicted 170-180k SPS. (If you’ll recall, SPS stands for sales plus streaming – Billboard’s new methodology for calculating their numbers.)

Cole, on the other hand, has come in at number one this week with a whopping 375k SPS sold of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. That’s insane! What do you think of the numbers?

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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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