This week on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, G-Eazy arrives at #3 with These Things Happen. Meanwhile Linkin Park's The Hunting Party falls to #9 and Ab-Soul's These Days... arrives just outside of the Top 10.
G-Eazy's These Things Happen Arrives At #3
G-Eazy, a rapper who was raised in Oakland, California and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, is #3 on the chart with These Things Happen. The album sold 46,091 units in its first week of availability, placing it just behind new albums by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Earlier this year, G-Eazy spoke with The Source about the These Things Happen. "It was really a reaction to this crazy lifestyle we are living right now," he said. "Being on the road almost all year and every night you sell out a show its kind of a mind fuck in itself. It’s like You work for something for so long so when it finally starts to happen your reaction is kinda crazy. You know, we would have these wild nights on tour then you would wake up the next morning like, 'Fuck, these things happen.'"
Linkin Park's The Hunting Party Remains In Top 10
Linkin Park's The Hunting Party fell to #9 this week, following its #3 placement last week. In its second week of availability, The Hunting Party has sold 28,815 units, a 74 percent decrease from its first week sales. Overall, the album has moved 139,414 units. During an interview with HipHopDX this year, Linkin Park rapper, singer and producer Mike Shinoda explained how collaborator Rakim influenced the band. "He’s an artist whose respected but not mentioned really in Pop culture even though he is the Godfather of a lot of things in Hip Hop," Shinoda said of Rakim. "He’s kind of a bar by which lyricists are measured, but the times have changed. He’s not gonna make a Pop music song for people to dance to and shit. He refuses to do it, and that’s how we felt on this record. We didn’t wanna play by the rules and make a Pop record, we don’t have it in us. I think it was what we connected on immediately and why he came all the way from New York to record with us."
Ab-Soul's These Days... Lands At #11
Ab-Soul's These Days... sold 21,812 units in its first week of availability, allowing the TDE emcee to fall into #11. These Days..., which is available for streaming via HipHopDX, has been critically acclaimed. The project recently earned a 4 out of 5 in its HipHopDX review. "If TDE has an unheralded trait left it’s an almost universally thoughtful approach to song sequencing," HipHopDX says of the effort. "These Days… feels complete by the end as another properly dosed project. Somewhere on the album, Soul projects his own self-worth: 'enlightenment from a low life that’s more than likely high.' He’s let the high filter out more of the revelation, and it sounds like a more accessible piece of entertainment than his last. It’s not the call to arms some expected, but Ab-Soul is as convincingly conspicuous as he’s ever been."
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 06/29/2014
#3. G-Eazy - These Things Happen - 46,091 (46,091)
#9 Linkin Park - The Hunting Party - 28,815 (139,414)
#11. Ab-Soul - These Days... - 21,812 (21,812)
#17. Joe - Bridges - 15, 126 (15,126)
#18. Michael Jackson - Xscape - 14,387 (338,954)
#19. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic - 14,087 (206,254)
#22. RiFF RAFF - NEON iCON - 11,524 (11,524)
#31. Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. - 8,607 (41,502)
#37. Pharrell - G I R L - 7,478 (451,981)
#39. 50 Cent - Animal Ambition - 7,200 (81,136)
* 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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