Hip Hop Album Sales: Drake, Yelawolf & Insane Clown Posse (Article)

Hip Hop Album Sales: Drake, Yelawolf & Insane Clown Posse

Yelawolf falls to #15 after his first ever Top 10 debut and Drake remains steady at #5.

After debuting at #3 this last week, Yelawolf’s Love Story dropped a dozen spots to #15 on the Billboard 200 in the second week of the album’s availability. Drake, meanwhile, rode out the second week of the physical release of his latest album in the Top 10 at #5 after the CD-sales boosted him back to #4 last week.

The soundtrack to Furious 7 continues putting up big numbers but holds onto its spot in the Top 3 thanks to big streaming numbers and the sale of single songs from the album, both of which count towards the recently implemented total activity column on Billboard’s chart.

Just below Yelawolf at #15, Insane Clown Posse’s new album, The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost, debuted in the Top 20 at #17 after selling nearly 18,00 copies in its first week, a higher sales count than several albums in the Top 10. R&B upstart Kehlani appears on the chart for the first time of her career with her You Should Be Here project rising to #36. More than a dozen spots lower, Raekwon’s new solo album, F.I.L.A., made a splash at #60 after selling just under 8,000 units in its first week on shelves.

Drake Falls To #5

Months after the original digital release, Drake released an extended CD version of his latest album last week and saw the record jump up the charts as a result. In the second week of the CD being available on shelves, Drake saw If Youre Reading This Its Too Late’s activity count stutter 24% compared to last week. Drake sold another 18,441 copies of the album this week and still has the highest streaming count of any artist on the chart.

Yelawolf Falls From #3 To #15

With last week’s Love Story rollout serving as the best first-week performance of his career, Yelawolf’s second album for Shady Records tumbled down the chart to #15 this week. The album sold 14,772 copies at most recent count and was streamed more than 2.8 million times over the last week.

ICP Break Into Top 20 With New Album

Insane Clown Posse’s notoriously cultish fans showed out last week and bought up 17,819 copies of the group’s new album, The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost. The album, the duo’s thirteenth, ended up with more pure album sales than several records in the Top 10.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/26/2015

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.

#3. Various – Furious 7 – 53,287 (14,337) [10,711,156]

#5. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – 36,675 (18,441) [17,458,357]

#15. Yelawolf – Love Story – 19,527 (14,772) [2,847,883]

#17. Insane Clown Posse – The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost – 17,938 (17,819) [66,617]

#18.  Nicki Minaj – Pinkprint – 17,645 (4,237) [8,960,095]

#19. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly – 17,379 (10,676) [7,085,611]

#21. Empire Cast – Original Soundtrack From Season 1 – 16,579 (12,646) [2,415,406]

#23. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise – 15,820 (5,076) [8,146,815]

#32. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special – 14,082 (2,271) [3,972,090]

#36. Kehlani – You Should Be Here – 13,460 (12,099) [439,368]

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