This week, the highest-charting Rap artists on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, Eminem, Drake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, experienced sales drops. Meanwhile, the highest charting Rap debut on the chart, a triple album from The Grouch & Eligh, landed at #162.
Beyonce, who sold 35,472 units this week, remains the highest charting R&B act on the chart with her self-titled project landing at #5 this week. The album fell 27 percent this week from the 48,405 units it sold last week. Overall, the project has sold 1,790,680 copies.
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Drops 26 Percent
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 fell from #12 to #13 this week, its 16th week of availability. The project, which is the week's highest charting Rap album, sold 18,845 units this week, a 26 percent drop from the 25,423 copies it sold last week. Overall, Eminem has sold 1,957,935 units of this album. This is Mathers' most recent project, but recently, Eminem celebrated the 15-year anniversary of his debut album, The Slim Shady LP, a project that helped launch the Detroit, Michigan rapper's career.
Drake's Nothing Was The Same Falls To #22
While Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has had 16 weeks of availability, Drake's Nothing Was The Same has had 22 weeks in retailers. Drake's most recently released project falls from #16 to #22 this week and it experiences a 35 percent decrease in sales from the 20,140 copies last week to the 13,104 units this week. Overall, Nothing Was The Same has sold 1,477,929 copies. Recently, Drake made headlines when he complained about Rolling Stone pulling his cover and replacing it with one of Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor who died of an apparent overdose shortly before the magazine was published. In the magazine, which ran an interview with Drake, the Canadian emcee also criticizes Jay Z and Kanye West.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist Remains At #31
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the third-highest charting Rap album of this week with The Heist, an album that has been available for 72 weeks. The project remains at #31 this week, but it drops 20 percent from the previous week's sales, decreasing from 12,261 to 9,864. Overall, The Heist has sold 1,351,354 units. Recently, Macklemore made headlines when he and Ryan Lewis won four Grammys. The emcee of the duo said he felt they robbed Kendrick Lamar of a Grammy victory and that they had an "unfair advantage due to race" at the award show.
The Grouch & Eligh's The Tortoise & The Crow Debuts On The Chart
The Grouch & Eligh have the highest charting Rap debut on the chart this week with their triple album, The Tortoise & The Crow. The project lands at #162 with 2,702 albums sold. The Grouch and Eligh spoke about the album in November 2013. "[It's] not just any old triple album," The Grouch & Eligh said in a statement. "We're making history with this. One full-length solo Grouch disc, one full-length Eligh disc, and one full-length G&E disc. For all of our supporters and fans, you get all three dimensions in one shot."
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 2/23/2014
#5. Beyonce - Beyonce - 35,000 (1,791,000)
#13. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 19,000 (1,958,000)
#22. Drake - Nothing Was The Same - 13,104 (1,478,000)
#31. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 9,900 (1,351,000)
#35. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 8,200 (1,191,408)
#49. Kid Ink - My Own Lane - 6,400 (98,000)
#63. Childish Gambino - because the internet - 5,300 (223,000)
#74. Yo Gotti - I Am - 4,500 (152,000)
#79. Eminem - The Eminem Show - 4,300 (10,332,000)
#106. Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail - 3,400 (1,130,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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