Eminem, Beyonce Top SoundScan's Mid-Year R&B/Hip Hop Charts

According to Nielsen SoundScan, R&B/Hip Hop album sales are down 19 percent compared to this time last year.

Houston, Texas songstress Beyoncé is still holding strong on the SoundScan charts roughly six months after her self-titled album was released late last year. According to Billboard.com, with a little over 700,000 copies sold this year, album sales for Beyoncé helped the singer top Nielsen SoundScan’s Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date chart.

On the rap end, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 secured the #3 spot on SoundScan’s list with 419,000 copies sold this year. Other rappers to make it onto the list include Rick Ross (Mastermind, #4), ScHoolboy Q (Oxymoron, #7), and Drake (Nothing Was The Same, #8).

Despite topping the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date chart, neither Beyoncé nor Eminem have singles that rank higher than #5 on the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, Year To Date chart.

The artist who does rank high on both charts is crooner/producer Pharrell Williams whose single “Happy” reached the #1 spot on the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, Year To Date chart with sales for the song at 5,633,000. In addition to that feat, Pharrell’s studio album GIRL clenched the #2 spot on the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date chart.

Other artists joining Pharrell on the top digital songs list is John Legend (“All Of Me,” #2), Jason Derulo (“Talk Dirty,” #3), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy,” #4), and Aloe Blacc (“The Man,” #5).

Billboard.com also reports that with the release of Nielsen SoundScan’s R&B/Hip Hop charts, album sales for those two genres are down a sizable 19 percent from last year. This time last year, 23.7 million albums were sold as opposed to this year’s 19.13 million.

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  • Anonymous

    It's 2014 are record sales still relevant at this point?

  • Anonymous

    Where is the G Unit general 50 Cent?

    • Lawrence

      Lol, his Album just came out the other day, of course he's not going to be on a list that includeds the whole year... Damn, niggas don't even think before trying to hate...

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ this guy ^^^ Quit with that could of would of shit and be real. Ross will never go Platinum! He got mad push from Def Jam and Diddy and still nothing! Better music thats up to you I dont knock anyone's taste in music but to me I'll take 50 any day.

    • Anonymous

      Album Sales irrelevant. Ross music simply better than 50. If Ross had the same Jimmy Iovine push and whiteboy bandwagoners from Eminems fanbase he would make 50 at his prime look like gutter slime. Straight up if you deny this you delusional fam.

    • Anonymous

      this year maybe but fat boy still aint platinum even once and he been out since 05. WHERE JAY-Z? WHERE LIL WAYNE AT? WHERES NASTY NAS? WHERES SCARFACE? THEY AINT SELLING EITHER I GUESS

    • LOL

      Rick Ross is selling more albums than 50, lol.

    • Anonymous

      Naw that's a real ass 50 fan if you can't stand the heat then...get out the kitchen! And holla back to him where all them niggas at?? we know what 50 and the Unit is doing.

    • Anonymous

      ^ sensitive ass 50 fan

    • Anonymous

      Where is the MMG Chief of Police Ricky Rozay? Where is Murder Incs killa Ja Rule? Where is Dipset's Killa Cam? Where is Koch's Fat Joe?

    • Anonymous

      he's busy not selling albums

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