Following appearances by three Hip Hop/R&B albums on last weeks’ Billboard 200 chart, Pharrell Williams’ G I R L and YG’s My Krazy Life were the only two Hip Hop/R&B projects in the Top 10 on the chart this week. Rick Ross’ Mastermind, an album executive produced by Puff Daddy, dropped out of the Top 10 to the #11 spot, while ScHoolboy Q’s third studio album, Oxymoron, dropped even further this week. Q’s album found itself at the #33 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 chart. And with its third week on the chart, Aloe Blacc’s Lift Your Spirit remains at the #19 spot with a little over 14,000 copies sold this week.
Pharrell Williams’ G I R L Climbs To #5
After falling to the #6 spot following the entrance of Compton rapper YG’s album, My Krazy Life, Pharrell’s G I R L has once again found itself in a Top 5 position on the Billboard 200 chart. The self-produced album from Pharrell sold 25,000 copies this week and managed to work its way to the #5 spot despite selling nearly 9,000 less copies than last week. With singles including “Happy” and “Marilyn Monroe,” G I R L is described in a HipHopDX review as boasting songs that are “very safe, barely scratching the surface of anything deep, personal or revealing.” The album received a 3.5 out of 5 in a HipHopDX review posted in early March.
YG’s My Krazy Life Falls To #7
Following a debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart last week with 61,000 copies solid in its first week, YG’s My Krazy Life has fallen to the #7 spot. With 23,000 copies sold this week, YG’s album moved nearly a third of what it sold during its first week of release.
Described by DJ Mustard as this generation’s The Chronic, My Krazy Life received a 3 out of 5 rating in its HipHopDX review and was referred to as “a well sequenced and cohesive package.” The album serves as YG’s debut studio album and includes guest appearances from a number of Hip Hop notables including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and CTE World founder Jeezy.
Aloe Blacc Maintains #19 Spot, Rick Ross Falls Out Of The Top 10
With its fourth week on the Billboard 200 chart, Rick Ross’ Mastermind has fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time. The album sold 19,000 copies this week and as a result dropped to #11 on the chart. Last week, Mastermind clenched the #7 spot on the Billboard 200, a spot that’s now taken by YG’s My Krazy Life. In total, Rick Ross’ sixth studio album has sold approximately 275,000 copies.
One artist who managed to maintain their positioning on the Billboard 200 chart was Emanon wordsmith Aloe Blacc with his album, Lift Your Spirit. The rapper fell to the #19 spot on the chart last week and remains at #19 with 14,000 copies of Lift Your Spirit sold this week. A HipHopDX review from last month, in which the album received a 3 out of 5 rating states that Aloe Blacc’s Lift Your Spirit “showcases a wide range of influences,” but also “feels impersonal at times.”
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/30/2014
#5. Pharrell Williams – G I R L – 25,000 (217,000)
#7. YG – My Krazy Life – 23,000 (84,000)
#11. Rick Ross – Mastermind – 19,000 (275,000)
#14. Beyoncé- Beyoncé – 16,000 (1,905,000)
#19. Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit – 14,000 (74,000)
#20. John Legend – Love In The Future – 14,000 (406,000)
#25. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – 12,000 (2,029,000)
#33. ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron – 10,000 (207,000)
#35. Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox – 10,000 (2,187,000)
#45. Jhene Aiko – Sail Out – 7,700 (189,000)
#47. Sage The Gemini - Remember Me - 7,200 (7,200)
#51. Drake – Nothing Was The Same – 6,600 (1,522,000)
#59. Young Money – Rise Of An Empire – 6,100 (48,000)
#66. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city – 5,900 (1,226,000)
* Data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000.
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