Ace Hood's first album since leaving Def Jam Records is also the highest-charting of his career. Trials & Tribulations, Hood's debut with Cash Money/We The Best/Universal Republic Records scored a Top 5 on the charts, a first for DJ Khaled's longtime protege. The LP sold over 33,000 first-week copies, also a benchmark feat for the five-plus-year veteran.
One of Atlantic Records' newest artists, Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Kevin Gates hit the charts for the first time with Stranger Than Fiction. Available for free stream online, the digital-only release features label-mate Wiz Khalifa, and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J.
Also hitting the Top 200 is Strange Music band ¡Mayday!. Another Florida act, ¡Mayday!'s second group effort in as many years, Believers, follows band-member Wrekonize's own The War Within, which debuted on the Top 200 earlier this month.
Ace Hood Thrives After Five Years Of Trials & Tribulations
In his fourth album, Ace Hood hit record-high's in chart position and first-week sales. We The Best's flagship artist found 2013 success in the single "Bugatti," which features both Rick Ross and Future. Now moved to Universal Republic and backed by Cash Money, the Florida vet continues his collaborative history with Lil Wayne on Trials & Tribulations, in addition to work with Meek Mill, Chris Brown, and '70s Soul/Disco singer Betty Wright.
¡Mayday! Has Plenty Of Believers
Another Sunshine State act, ¡Mayday!, hit the charts for the second time in as many Summers. The group's fourth album, and second nationally-distributed effort with Strange Music, features label-mates Tech N9ne and Stevie Stone, along with Kardinal Offishall, and Kansas City, Missouri independent sensation Irv Da Phenom. The LP includes the video single, "HighRide."
The #75 debut is an improvement from 2012's #86 debut with the critically-acclaimed Take Me To Your Leader.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/21/2013
#1. Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail - 129,000 (658,000)
#4. Ace Hood - Trials & Tribulations - 37,000 (37,000)
#7. J. Cole - Born Sinner - 27,000 (506,000)
#12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 20,000 (932,000)
#15. Wale - The Gifted - 18,000 (255,000)
#18. Kanye West - Yeezus - 16,000 (475,000)
#37. Kevin Gates - Stranger Than Fiction - 8,400 (8,400)
#43. Mac Miller - Watching Movies With The Sound Off - 7,800 (156,000)
#52. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 7,100 (974,000)
#75. ¡Mayday! - Believers - 5,000 (5,100)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth 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.
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