This week’s Billboard Top 200 Albums chart features several R&B and Hip Hop acts. The top act is Mariah Carey, as the singer’s first week sales for Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse are revealed. Michael Jackson continues to chart with Xscape in the project’s third week of availability. Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea remains in the Top 10 with The New Classic.
Mariah Carey’s Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse Arrives At #3
Mariah Carey’s Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse album is the #3 album this week. The project, which can be streamed here, sold 58,580 copies. The project is based on a self-portrait that the singer crafted as a child. The portrait appears on the back cover of the disc. “Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title,” Carey said when she announced the project. “Come on, I was only three and a half.” The Elusive Chanteuse is Mariah’s new nickname, the singer says.
Michal Jackson’s Xscape Falls To #7
Michael Jackson’s Xscape continues to chart. This week, the project’s third week of availability, the effort sold 34,905 units. This is a 48 percent decrease from last week’s sales. Overall, the set has sold 258,914 units. Epic Records recently spoke about the album. “Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard,” Epic said.
Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic Remains In Top 10
Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic continues to chart in the Top 10. The album sold 18,262 units this week, a 16 percent drop from the effort’s last week sales. Overall, The New Classic has sold 145,603 copies. The project earned a 2.5 out of 5 in its HipHopDX review. “The New Classic is a musical throne upon which the new blonde princess of Pop can rest her ample posterior,” DX says in its review. “As Rap and Pop synergize again—yet this time without significantly embarrassing results—it opens the gate for Iggy Azalea to have an opportunity to shine. Sometimes, when Pop marketing and urban music perfectly commingle, we get Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In other cases, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic aims high, but ultimately falls flat.”
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 05/18/2014
#3. Mariah Carey – Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse – 58,580 (58,580)
#7. Michael Jackson – Xscape – 34,905 (258,914)
#10. Iggy Azalea – The New Classic – 18,262 (145,603)
#21. Pharrell Williams – G I R L – 12,114 (411,753)
#24. John Legend – Love In The Future – 9,481 (520,965)
#28. Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty – 7,682 (98,086)
#35. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – 6,523 (2,121,838)
#41. The Roots – and then you shoot your cousin – 5,856 (25,642)
#43. Future – Honest – 5,716 (105,911)
#44. Michael Jackson – Number Ones – 5,638 (5,054,186)
* 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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