Hip Hop Album Sales: J. Cole's "KOD" Makes Massive Billboard 200 Debut

The numbers are in for the Billboard 200 chart ending April 26. Topping the chart is J. Cole’sKOD, while Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy stays at #2 and XXXTENTACION’s ? climbs from #7 to #6 despite a 13 percent drop in sales.

Elsewhere on the chart, Lil Xan’s TOTAL XANARCHY takes a 33 percent dive to land at #131 and The Weeknd’sMy Dear Melachonly dropped 26 percent to end up at #8.

J. Cole Makes Monster Debut

With 396,628 total album equivalent units sold (174,027 in pure album sales and a massive streaming count of 322,746,020), Cole’s latest project easily captured the #1 spot with the biggest sales week so far in 2018. It also marks Cole’s fifth consecutive #1 on the chart.

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Along with the proverbial Billboard 200 crown, Cole’s other projects — 2014 Forest Hill Drive,4 Your Eyez Only,Born Sinner and Cole World: The Sideline Story — all rose or returned to the chart too.

Read the KOD review here.

Cardi B Holds Steady At #2

With baby bump on full display, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper is continuing her industry takeover. Cardi’s debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, debuted on the Billboard 200 at #1 and has remained at #2 for the past two weeks. Even with the 30 percent dip in sales, the 25-year-old was able to pull in 90,873 total album equivalent units (12,484 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 107,813,543).

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Read the Invasion Of Privacy review here.

Lil Xan Fades Out

Although Lil Xan’sTOTAL XANARCHY hit the chart at #10 following its April 6 release, it slid to #61 last week and took another massive dive this week to wind up at #131. The 21-year-old’s debut album pulled in 6,242 total album equivalent units (212 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 8,777,593).

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On Saturday (April 28), Xan hit Twitter to explain he felt the project wasn’t ready to go out and guarantees his sophomore album will be an improvement.

“I love my first album to death but it was rushed and a lot of songs that I wanted on there didn’t make it due to me not choosing the track list because nothing got ran by me but my second album is gonna be what the first should’ve,” he wrote. “But my first album still fye as Fuck hahah.”

Read the TOTAL XANARCHY review here.

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Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/26/2018

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. J. Cole — KOD — #1 — 396,628 (174,027) [322,746,020]
  2. Cardi B — Invasion Of Privacy — #2 — 90,873 (12,484) [107,813,543]
  3. XXXTENTACION — ? — #6 — 34,805 (1,026) [48,237,403]
  4. Migos — Culture II — #7 —33,478 (1,842) [43,929,039]
  5. The Weeknd — My Dear Melancholy — #8 — 28,641 (5,933) [37,844,901]
  6. Various Artists — Black Panther: The Album — #9 — 31,930 (3,750) [38,046,258]
  7. Post Malone — Stoney — #11 — 28,642 (2,245) [36,845,412]
  8. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #12 — 27,509 (10,029) [24,763,062]
  9. Rich The Kid — The World Is Yours — #13 — 25,902 (576) [36,151,698]
  10. Khalid — American Teen — #19 — 18,050 (1,696) [23,154,240]
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