Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/15/2013

posted Wednesday September 18 ,2013 at 09:55AM CDT | 332 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/15/2013

The Weeknd's "Kiss Land," 2 Chainz' "B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime" and Janelle Monae's "The Electric Lady" have strong placements on this week's charts.

This week, new additions placed in the Top 5 of Billboard's Top 200 album charts. Those new additions include The Weeknd's Kiss Land, 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime and Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady

While new additions came in strong, last week's debuts fell a few slots. For example, Ariana Grande's Yours Truly fell from #1 to #9, Tamar Braxton's Love & War fell from #2 to #8 and John Legend's Love in the Future fell from #4 to #10. 

It was the chart's mainstays who continued their reign in the Top 30. In its 10th week on the charts, Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, which has sold just over 974,000 copies to date, remained in the #18 spot it held last week. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist, which has sold over 1,069,000 copies to date, dropped from #27 to #30 in its 49th week on the charts. 

The Weeknd Lands At #1 With Kiss Land

The Weeknd's Kiss Land hit #1 on the charts this week in a close race against Keith Urban, who landed at #2. Recently, The Weeknd spoke about the significance and theme of the album. "Kiss Land symbolizes the tour life, but it’s a world that I created in my head," The Weeknd said in an interview with Complex. "When I think about Kiss Land, I think about a terrifying place. It’s a place I’ve never been to before that I’m very unfamiliar with...A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear. That’s what Kiss Land is to me, an environment that’s just honest fear. I don’t know who I am right now and I’m doing all these outlandish things in these settings that I’m not familiar with. To me, it’s the most terrifying thing ever. So when you hear the screams in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel what I’m feeling. Kiss Land is like a horror movie." 

2 Chainz Sails To #3 With B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime

2 Chainz returns to the charts with B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime, an album that landed at #3 this week. The project, which contains the Pharrell-assisted single "Feds Watching," was released through Def Jam and T.R.U. 2 Chainz also released a cookbook, with tour recipes, which accompanied the deluxe edition of the album. The album snuck into the Top 3 in its debut week, selling approximately 64,000 units. As the title suggests, B.O.A.T.S. II is a sequel to Based on a T.R.U. Story. By comparison, the first installment of this series sold approximately 147,000 units in its first week and it was #1 on the same charts. 

Janelle Monae Electrifies At #5 With The Electric Lady 

Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady, released via Bad Boy/Atlantic, landed at #5 on the charts. The album boasts various guest stars, including Esperanza Spalding, Solange, Miguel, Prince and Erykah Badu. Monae's success with Electric Lady follows 2010's THE ARCHANDROID. According to Monae, Electric Lady was inspired by various notable figures in the film industry. "George Lucas [influenced this album]," Monae said in a recent interview with Hitflix. "I performed at his wedding reception...I met him and I got a chance to speak with Steven Spielberg, and these are people whose ideas, you know, if they weren't able to make their movies, I don't think that I would have been able to articulate my thoughts [in music]. They kind of showed me how to do that, I just wanted to do it with music." 

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/15/2013

#1. The Weeknd - Kiss Land - 99,000 (99,000)

#3. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime - 64,000 (64,000)

#5. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady - 47,000 (47,000)

#8. Tamar Braxton - Love & War - 35,000 (149,000)

#9. Ariana Grande - Yours Truly - 31,000 (169,000)

#10. John Legend - Love in the Future - 30,000 (98,000)

#18. Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail - 17,000 (974,000)

#28. Juicy J - Stay Trippy - 13,000 (99,000)

#30. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 12,000 (1,069,000)

#36. Big Sean - Hall of Fame - 9,000 (99,000)

#47. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 6,000 (1,033,000) 

* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.

Will The Roots & Elvis Costello reach a Top 10 placement next week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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  • Anonymous
    MMG PRESENTS: SELF MADE, VOL. 3ATLANTIC51,355 FLOP FLOP FLOP
  • Anonymous
    Quoteman go check out that brand new forbes list and see where your boy Ross and MMG landed! LOL Ross made as much as Mac Miller and Questlove!!!! Macklemore, Kendrick,Wiz shit even 50 cent made more than the biggest boss!!!!
  • Anonymous
    I just saw the Aston Martin Music video this morning and thats more of a Drake and Chrisette record than Rick Ross by a long shot.
  • Anonymous
    "No Games was released and advertised as a single just like Box Chevy. just cause they flopped dont change that" For the last time tiny. Box Chevy isn't/wasn't promoted as being a Mastermind single. Artists release random songs all the time. I realize Kendrick's fake plaque has you blinded, but there's a big world out there just waiting for you to gain some much needed experience in it.
    • Anonymous
      no games was thought and it tanked harder than any recent 50 single "On September 5, 2013, Ross premiered the first official single from MasterMind, "No Games" featuring Future produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.[36] The following day it was released to Urban contemporary radio.["
    • Anonymous
      "Kendrick's fake plaque" Now you're making up bullshit.
    • Anonymous
      yeah hes mad jealous kendrick got one in 9 months but Officer Ricky couldnt achieve that in 9 years with everyone in the industry backing him and mtv naming him the hottest MC LMAO
  • Anonymous
    "a guy who listens to Birdman, Rick Ross, Pitbull and Meek Mill among others is telling me my taste sucks" When your Ipod stars Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar, and J Cole, then you don't have a healthy leg to stand on.
    • Anonymous
      told you plenty of times ive never listened to macklemore, but you cant deny hes been more successful in 2013 than ross has been his whole life
    • Anonymous
      You are a sad man with shitty music taste.
  • Anonymous
    "They have high expectations for an artist like Curtis" Then why has it taken four years for the album to drop? There's no expectation when there's no fanbase. Jimmy knows this, and has been keeping Curtis at bay to remind him what the flip side of power feels like. 50 might as well be on E1 lol It's actually quite sad. Here he was selling millions, seemingly untouchable, then it was gone, and artists like Ross with less sales, are stealing all of his thunder and having no problem getting albums released like real artists are supposed to do.
    • Anonymous
      self made 3 50k first week already forgotten about LMAO
  • Anonymous
    "They dont sell songs as part of an album before it comes out" They do it all the time retard. For weeks you could click on Nothing Was The Same and see Wu Tang Forever on sale. Those two throwaway Ross songs aren't being sold as Mastermind singles, and wisely so since artists release songs all the time that aren't affliated with an album. They do it to generate buzz, or to make some small change before the real music drops. Your lack of knowledge is more frightening than BET's fall lineup.
    • Anonymous
      No Games was released and advertised as a single just like Box Chevy. just cause they flopped dont change that
  • Anonymous
    "Ross puts out forgettable album after forgettable album so no one really expects much" Says you, a devoted Curtis Wackson worshipper.
  • Anonymous
    It charted at #15, so apparently alot of people cared. Face it. Your taste sucks.
    • Anonymous
      a guy who listens to Birdman, Rick Ross, Pitbull and Meek Mill among others is telling me my taste sucks LOL he also said this about one of the GOATS "Biggie was a fat fuck with only average story telling skills. That second album only went diamond cause his bitch ass got taken out." so naw son, YOUR TASTE SUCKS
    • Anonymous
      maybe ross should become and r&b nigga cause people aint feeling his raps no more
    • Anonymous
      But it didn't make a dent on the Hot 100.
    • Anonymous
      i know right, like a #15 song on the R&B charts with MOTHERFUCKING USHER on it is anything to brag about. shit how would any song with usher not make that chart there just isnt that much R&B
  • Anonymous
    "didnt even crack the hot 100" And like I told you the R&B chart is an authentic chart. Plus it was an R&B sounding song with Usher of all people. You can't be this slow.
    • Anonymous
      who gives a fuck about an r&b song. thats like the worse song i ever fuckin heard this is a hiphop website
    • Anonymous
      There's nothing authentic about the R&B charts.
  • Anonymous
    "they were both advertised as singles off Mastermind" Not on Itunes.
    • Anonymous
      what do you mean itunes? they are listed as SINGLES. They dont sell songs as part of an album before it comes out dumbass that what fucking single is.Box Chevy is for sale on itunes and he was tweeting that shit everyday for months. but you cant sell something if no one gives a fuck when you put it out for free.
  • Anonymous
    "in 2013 50 has had more songs chart than ross.. FACT" Another FACT. Aside from My Life, the rest of those songs flopped. Plus there's still no album in sight. Guess Jimmy doesn't put much stock in charting in the 100's lol
    • Anonymous
      Yet all his throwaway songs still performed better than the new Rick Ross singles!!! They have high expectations for an artist like Curtis. Ross puts out forgettable album after forgettable album so no one really expects much.
  • Anonymous
    "and chances are half of 50's new songs wont make the album" That's only because he keeps going back and recording more songs because the previous one's failed to entertain anybody's imagination.
    • Anonymous
      same as Ross is gonna do
  • Anonymous
    "Yet all of 50's "recent flops" have charted higher than everything Ross has put out this year" You're comparing two songs that probably won't even be on the final cut of Mastermind. 50's cuts are all off Street King Immortal. Bad sign.
    • Anonymous
      as we both know Ross' album will be coming long before Street King Immortal, it's supposed to be coming out sometime this year, as in the next 3 months and all his so called singles have tanked! if he takes them off the final cut its only because they failed. they were both advertised as singles off Mastermind and chances are half of 50's new songs wont make the album
  • Anonymous
    "Better call Drake Wayne and Nicki for the next one!" Tell 50 that. He's flopped despite collabo's with Dre, Alicia Keys, Jeezy, Snoop, and most recently Kendrick.
    • Anonymous
      And those "flops" did better than Ross'.
  • Anonymous
    "And all I said was not recently" Touch N' You was released digitally on March 22, 2012. That was just last year.
    • Anonymous
      and i told you that shit didnt even crack the hot 100
    • Anonymous
      in 2013 50 has had more songs chart than ross.. FACT
  • Anonymous
    "The Hot 100 determines the biggest songs of the country and if a song makes the Top 40, it's a hit" Biggest songs lol Whatever. It's no secret that the biggest songs usually need to crack the top ten to be considered a hit. My Life landed at #20, definately not bad, but largely because it had Eminem and Adam Levine. Yet despite those two names, it faded faster than Tyga's expense account. By that same token, Ross isn't doing great either, but all I said was he charts alot of songs.
    • Anonymous
      And all I said was not recently and not without Drake Wayne or Nicki
  • Anonymous
    "And none of them charted high" Most charted higher than 50's recent flops.
    • Anonymous
      Yet all of 50's "recent flops" have charted higher than everything Ross has put out this year including 2 failed singles Box CHevy and No Games with Future. Better call Drake Wayne and Nicki for the next one!
    • Anonymous
      No, they didn't, quote-bitch.
  • Anonymous
    big sean already stopped selling?
    • Anonymous
      9000 is still sellin a bit