This week’s Billboard Top 200 Albums chart was met with new releases in the Rap & R&B category. Specifically, Linkin Park’s Rap-Rock set, The Hunting Party, arrived in the Top 3, while Jennifer Lopez’s A.K.A., an R&B-Pop album with Rap features, appears in the #8 slot. Of course Michael Jackson’s Xscape, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic and 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition continue to thrive in the Top 25.
Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party Arrives At #3
Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party was released this week and the effort lands in the # 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The project sold 110,599 units this week, its first week of availability. Linkin Park, a Rock-Rap group that has worked with Jay Z, among others, continues its work with emcees on this effort. The group’s Rakim collaboration, “Guilty All The Same” appears on the album, along with their Tom Morello-backed track, “Drawbar.”
Jennifer Lopez’s A.K.A. Lands At #8
Jennifer Lopez’s A.K.A. appears on this week’s chart in the #8 spot. Its first week sales tally reached 32,895 units. Lopez’s album features many rappers, including T.I., French Montana, Iggy Azalea, Nas and Rick Ross. Before her effort was released, Lopez addressed its content. “If you listen to my albums, they were always about love,” Lopez said at the time. “It was always love in a certain way: A fairytale type of way; I was hoping, praying, and wishing for that. I realized love is completely different than I thought it was. I still believe in it more than ever. I’m still singing about it on every track, but I want it in the right way.”
50 Cent, Michael Jackson & Iggy Azalea Experience Drop In Sales
Michael Jackson’s Xscape, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic and 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition witnessed a decrease in sales this week. Jackson’s Xscape dropped from #9 to #17 this week and the effort experienced a 38 percent decrease in sales from 24,861 to 15,434 units sold for the week. Overall, Xscape has sold 324,567 copies. Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic fell 4 percent in sales, going from 14,781 to 14,184. Overall, Iggy’s debut album has sold 192,167 copies. Despite the drop in sales, Iggy jumped up in chart position, going from #22 to #19. Elsewhere, 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition went from #15 to #23, selling 10,090 units, a 41 percent decrease in sales from 17,118 copies sold last week. Overall, Animal Ambition has sold 73,936 copies.
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 06/22/2014
#3. Linkin Park – The Hunting Party – 110,599 (110,599)
#8. Jennifer Lopez – A.K.A. – 32,895 (32,895)
#17. Michael Jackson – Xscape – 15,434 (324,567)
#19. Iggy Azalea – The New Classic – 14,184 (192,167)
#23. 50 Cent – Animal Ambition – 10,090 (73,936)
#30. Mary J. Blige – Think Like A Man Too – 8,668 (8,688)
#32. Pharrell Williams – G I R L – 8,157 (444,503)
#36. John Legend – Love In The Future – 7,453 (545,938)
#40. Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty – 6,464 (123,259)
#42. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – 6,235 (2,140,503)
* 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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