This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, XXXTENTACION remains the highest-ranking Hip Hop artist with his sophomore effort ? landing at No. 2. Despite the mounting controversy surrounding the 20-year-old Florida rapper, his music continues to be a success on the charts.
Elsewhere, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 experienced slight upticks in week-over-week sales and lastly, Toni Braxton, Diplo and Trouble all debut inside the Top 200 with their latest projects.
XXXTENTACION Drops To #2
XXXTENTACION’s sophomore album ? falls to #2 this week due in part to a 42% decrease in sales. X’s latest full-length effort moved 76,302 total album equivalent units during the seven days leading to March 29. Of that figure, 4,262 were pure album sales.
The controversial Florida rapper has been in the news again recently after a video of him hitting a girl in the face emerged online. His attorney said the video “was taken completely in jest” but the girl in the video had a different story.
Diplo Debuts At #62
Diplo’s latest EP, California, lands at #62 during its first week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The six-track project, which features a number of up-and-coming Hip Hop artists, sold 8,729 total album equivalent units, with a total streaming count of 11,237,208.
In his review of California, DX’s Editor-in-Chief Trent Clark gave the project a 3.1 out of 5, writing, “Mad decent vibes. Mad boring versus.”
when I made the Florida album over ten years ago it was me dwelling in my own mind and creating something crazy that was about where i'm from and what I imagined. once I got to California I had been working for years in all kinds of music but this last year I was inspired by all the young sounds and rappers that have moved to LA.. felt like this album was the soundtrack to the last year of working here.. California EP out now
Trouble’s “Edgewood” Struggles
Trouble’s debut studio album Edgewood struggled to perform during its first seven days on the chart, landing at #130. The project — his first since signing to Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records imprint — moved just 6,116 total album equivalent units.
Edgewood features a number of Hip Hop heavyweights, including Drake, The Weeknd and Quavo, among others.
Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 03/29/2018
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.
- XXXTENTACION — ?— #2 — 76,302 (4,262) [103,027,351]
- Various Artists — Black Panther: The Album— #3 — 47,686 (6,502) [55,114,525]
- Migos — Culture II— #5 — 44,564 (2,840) [57,572,316]
- Logic — Bobby Tarantino II— #6 — 33,403 (2,426) [44,928,088]
- Post Malone — Stoney— #7 — 29,361 (2,080) [37,859,692]
- Lil Yachty —Lil Boat 2 — #11 — 21,887 (429) [31,610,193]
- Bruno Mars — 24K Magic— #12 — 21,836 (5,678) [16,415,788]
- Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #13 — 20,933 (3,891) [23,933,571]
- Khalid — American Teen— #15 — 19,680 (1,999) [24,396,279]
- Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #16 — 18,952 (397)[27,081,414]