Hip Hop Album Sales: Migos' "Culture II" Claims Billboard 200's Top Spot

Hip Hop Album Sales: Migos' "Culture II" Claims Billboard 200's Top Spot
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Migos and its follow-up to 2017’s Culture — the aptly titled Culture II has dominated the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending February 1. Following closely behind is Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, which saw a huge boost in sales after the Honolulu-born pop/R&B singer walked away with six Grammy Awards last Sunday (January 28).

Elsewhere on the chart, Rhymesayers MC Evidence and his new project Weather Or Not makes its modest debut on the chart at #187, and Eminem’s Revival drops to #16.

Ridin’ High

C U L T U R E I I O U T N O W

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Migos released its highly anticipated album Culture II last Friday (January 26) and the project has entered the Billboard 200 chart at #1. Boasting 199,467 total album equivalent units sold (38,486 in pure sales and a streaming count of 224,593,278), the 24-song project marks the Atlanta trio’s second #1 debut.

The original Culture debuted at #1 in 2017 with 131,193 equivalent album sales and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Offset, Takeoff and Quavo recently announced they’ll be the musical guests on the March 3 episode of Saturday Night Live where they will join host Charles Barkley.

Read HipHopDX’s Culture II review here.

Bruno Mars Takes Big Leap

Unreal!! I love you all!!! ✨

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Following Bruno Mars’ epic Grammy Awards sweep on Sunday (January 28), his latest album, 24K Magic, got an 89 percent bump in sales. With 48,764 total album equivalent units (21,690 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 27,411,491), it was enough to take the project from #10 to #4.

24K Magic, which debuted at #2 in 2016, serves as Mars’ third studio album. His sophomore album, 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox, also debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 upon its release.

Read DX’s 24K Magic review here.

Weather Or Not Makes Mild Debut

I still love you

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With just 4,602 total album equivalent units (1,219 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 788,079), Evidence’s Weather Or Not squeezed its way onto the charts at #187. The album marks the Rhymesayers MC’s first full-length solo LP since 2011’s Cats & Dogs. 

Evidence rose to notoriety as a member of Dilated Peoples and has worked with (and for) a bevy of notable MCs and producers, including Alchemist, DJ Premier and Kanye West.

Read DX’s Weather Or Not review here.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 2/01/2018

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Migos — Culture II — #1 — 199,467 (38,486) [224,593,278]
  2. Bruno Mars — 24K Magic — #4 — 48,764 (21,690) [27,411,491]
  3. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #6 — 38,347 (10,302) [35,582,165]
  4. Post Malone — Stoney — #8 — 33,703 (2,616) [42,060,797]
  5. Khalid — American Teen — #9 — 26,553 (3,668) [30,578,638]
  6. G-Eazy — The Beautiful & Damned — #11 — 25,510 (2,251) [29,972,582]
  7. Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #12 — 25,423 (845) [35,204,081]
  8. SZA — CTRL — #14 — 22,629 (7,747) [24,776,997]
  9. Lil Skies — Life Of A Dark Horse — #15 — 21,322 (595) [30,069,723]
  10. Eminem — Revival — #16 —  20,732 (7,160) [16,454,323]


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