Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 3/22/15 … Congrats To Kendrick Lamar On A #1 Debut!

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There is definitely no sophomore jinx for Kendrick Lamar! The arrival of his second album To Pimp A Butterfly has him perched atop the Billboard 200 for the very first time with a whopping 363k units sold, after his first album, 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, debuted and peaked at number 2, selling 241,000 copies. This number includes SPS (sales plus streaming,) but traditional sales comprise 89% of its overall unit total at 324k.

The album was only announced on March 6, then had a surprise release a week early, so once again, this new “surprise” formula proves successful!

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The Numbers Are In: Find Out How Much Kendrick Lamar Is Estimated To Sell In His First Week!

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Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly landed on iTunes a week earlier than scheduled, reportedly as a mistake…though some believe it was all planned from the start. Either way, it doesn’t seem to have had too much of a negative effect on the TDE rapper, as his first week sales projections are looking pretty damn good! (And as previously reported, he broke a global streaming record as well.)

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 3/15/15 … Empire Soundtrack Debuts At #1!

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FOX has a huge hit on their hands with the new show Empire, and its soundtrack is proving to be equally as successful! Just released last week, the Empire soundtrack tops the Billboard 200 today with 130,000 units sold. It’s the first TV soundtrack to debut at number 1 since 2010, when three different Glee albums arrived atop the list.

The Empire soundtrack features contributions from the newbies in their cast such as everyone’s fav Jussie Smollett, as well as established artists among the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Rita Ora, Juicy J and Courtney Love (all of which have acted on the show.)

Coming in behind the Empire soundtrack is Madonna with her new album Rebel Heart at number 2, while both Drake and Big Sean remain in the top 10 this week as well. Check out the full list below!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 3/1/15 … Congrats To Big Sean On His FIRST #1!

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It took 3 tries, but Big Sean has finally achieved a number one album, thanks to Dark Sky Paradise moving 173k in its first week. Both of Sean’s previous albums, 2011’s Finally Famous and 2013’s Hall of Fame, debuted at number 3, moving 87k and 72k respectively.

As for Chris Brown and Tyga with Fan Of A Fan, they debuted at number 7 with 67k sold, which honestly is a pretty great number… However, the fact that Drake‘s third week of If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late has him 3 spots higher than them at number 4 with 99k probably stings a bit for Breezy. Not so great of a week for him, huh?

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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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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’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.

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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 1/11/15 … 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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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 12/7/14 … Congrats To Mary J. Blige On A Top 10 Debut!

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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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