Hip Hop Album Sales: Tyler The Creator, Drake, Kendrick Lamar
Tyler, The Creator’s “Cherry Bomb” surges to #4 and Drake falls to #10.
Tyler, The Creator’s Cherry Bomb is the #4 album in the country. The Odd Future frontman’s fourth album was one of four new albums in the Top 5 and was edged out of the #3 spot by just a few thousand units. Drake clung to his spot in the Top 10 but just released the physical version of his If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late yesterday, the sales of which will show up on next week’s report. A few spots down the list, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly fell to its lowest charting position yet at #14.
This week’s chart also finds Wale slipping ten spots to #21, followed closely by Big Sean at #22.Young Thug meanwhile makes his first ever appearance on the chart as a solo artist at #26 with his new Lil Wayne-inspired mixtape Barter 6. J. Cole finds himself at #32 on the list with his still-steady 2014 Forest Hills Drive and Ludacris’ Ludaversal fell from #18 to #34.
Tyler The Creator Debuts At #4
Falling just short of his previous album’s first week’s Billboard 200 standing, Tyler, The Creator’sfourth album debuted at #4 on the chart this past week after selling just over 50,000 unites. Cherry Bomb outsold the #2 album on the chart, the soundtrack to Furious 7, by almost 25,000 units but lagged behind considerably in streams. With more than six million streams across platforms, Tyler’s latest clocked a total activity count of just over 58,000 after a seven-day period.
Drake Falls To #10
After re-entering the Top 10 at #8 last week Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late fell two spots to #10 after posting up just 12,496 album sales. The latest numbers bring the total album sales for Drake’s latest up to 835,155 since its surprise release in February. Meanwhile, the album again topped the charts’ streaming column with more than 20 million streams in a single week. With yesterday’s release of a physical, collector’s edition of the album, sales for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late can be expected to surge on next week’s report.
Kendrick Lamar Falls Out Of Top 10
Despite outselling Drake on a pure album sales basis, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly fell several spots from #7 to #14 in the latest sales report. With another 19,063 album sales this week alone, Lamar has now sold a total of 532,279 copies of To Pimp A Butterfly. The album was streamed more than nine million times between the last two Sunday’s.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/19/2015
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.
#2. Various – Furious 7 – 78,935 (26,506) [12,080,267]
#4. Tyler The Creator – Cherry Bomb – 58,267 (50,664) [6,116,808]
#10. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – 35,447 (12,496) [20,188,101]
#14. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly – 27,800 (19,063) [9,057,250]
#15. Empire Cast – Original Soundtrack From Season 1 – 23,685 (17,794) [3,143,777]
#19. Nicki Minaj – Pinkprint – 21,124 (5,659) [9,318,698]
#21. Wale – The Album About Nothing – 20,357 (14,718) [4,182,178]
#22. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise – 19,895 (7,424) [8,962,780]
#24. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special – 18,935 (2,975) [4,391,017]
#26. Young Thug – Barter 6 – 18,697 (17,149) [N/A]