Hip Hop Album Sales: A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole (Article)

Hip Hop Album Sales: A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole

A$AP Rocky drops out of the top 10, Kendrick Lamar climbs the charts for yet another week.

For the first time in several weeks, there are no Hip Hop albums with top 10 positioning on the Billboard Hot 200. Up until this week, A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP album, which was released just shy of a month ago, had consistently found a spot in the top 10. Months after its surprise release, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is continuing to climb up the Billboard Hot 200. Fayetteville, North Carolina lyricist J. Cole is another artist whose album moved up several spots this week.

A$AP Rocky’s “At.Long.Last.A$AP” No Longer In The Top 10

A$AP Rocky’s second studio album fell to #12 this week, knocking it out of the top 10 for the first time since its May 26 release. Due to its fall from #8 last week to #12 this week, there are no Hip Hop albums in this week’s top 10. The Harlem, New York wordsmith did manage to move well over 15,000 units.

Kendrick Lamar Climbs To #37 With “To Pimp A Butterfly”

Over the past two weeks, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has continued to climb up the Billboard Hot 200. Two weeks ago, the album was at #48. Last week, the album climbed to #43. And this week, it’s reached the #37 spot on the chart. K-Dot is one of a handful of artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 BET Awards, which will air on June 28.

J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” Moves 7,000 Units

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive is another album, which climbed a handful of spots this week. Last week, the album fell to #47, but climbed to #43 this week after selling a little over 7,000 units.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 06/21/2015

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.

#12. A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP – 25,643 (15,504) [10,792,733]

#16. Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late – 22,523 (9,139) [12,953,921]

#20. Various Artists – Furious 7 Soundtrack – 20,236 (3,442) [6,056,141]

#25. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint – 17,603 (3,257) [9,188,303]

#34. Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission – 15,093 (2,796) [6,122,840]

#37. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly – 14,777 (10,658) [4,462,631]

#39. Jason Derulo – Everything Is 4 – 14,555 (4,363) [4,414,787]

#41. Skrillex & Diplo – Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack – 13,668 (1,801) [5,586,585]

#43. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive – 13,460 (7,254) [5,898,803]

#53. Pitbull – Globalization – 11,865 (2,102) [4,379,752]


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