Our weekly breakdown of hip-hop and r'n'b album sales and chart performance.
It's a good week for those who dig the soulful side of hip hop music, with Alicia Keys' new album HERE debuting at the #2 spot and Common's Black America Again debuting at #25 with his latest LP. Rae Sremmurd have managed to soar back up the charts with help from the viral success of their single "Black Beatles," while our mainstay, Drake, comes in #8 at with VIEWS. The Suicide Squad soundtrack leads the way for Meek Mill, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Rihanna, A$AP Mob. A little (or a lot) further down and you'll see that Tinashe's Nightride, which was a commercial mixtape, debuts at #89.
1) Alicia Keys — HERE: Alicia Keys's sixth studio album has production from her husband Swizz Beatz and a feature from A$AP Rocky. The 35-year old songstress makes a strong debut at #2 with HERE, moving 49,632 TAEU and 42,269 sales.
2) Rae Sremmurd — SremmLife 2: Rae Sremmurd have climbed up multiple charts since "Black Beatles" became the theme song of social media's #mannequinchallenge. Their sophomore album SremmLife 2 has greatly benefited, coming in at #5 after hanging at #21 the week prior. This is a peak position for this record (we'll have to see if it manages to reach new heights from here), which tallies 39,241 TAEU and 2,992 in physical sales this time around.
3) Drake – VIEWS: Drizzy slides down the charts one spot this week, from #7 to #8. VIEWS is finally starting to appear in the latter half of the Billboard top 10, after ruling the charts virtually all year long. Not a very big slip yet though, as the album tallies 32,469 TAEU and 4,706 sales.
4) Various Artists – Suicide Squad: The Album: The Suicide Squad soundtrack continues to have a great run, despite slipping a little bit in recent weeks. This time it's finally left the top 10, coming in at #12 while moving 24,657 TAEU and 7,990 pure sales.
5) Meek Mill — DC4: Meek Mill's long-awaited Dreamchasers 4 debuted in the #3 position, but in his third week out he's slid down to #13. The album does 24,084 TAEU and 4,701 sales in its second week on the charts.
6) Jeezy — Trap or Die 3: The Snowman's newest LP Trap or Die 3 debuted in the #1 spot last week, which needless to say, is a strong debut, however it looks like he won't be able to hold on for long. The album has already dropped to #14 during its second week. The record clocks 22,333 TAEU and 13,804 sales with help from the singles "All There" and "Let Em Know."
7) Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight: In the same #18 spot he was in last week is Travis Scott, with his sophomore full-length Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. The Houston native tacks on 19,290 TAEU and 3,335 sales to the record's success.
8) Rihanna – ANTI: Rihanna is also in the same spot as last week, coming in at #22 with ANTI, her eighth studio album. This week, the record moves 17,013 TAEU and 2,876 sales.
9) A$AP Mob — Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Rocky and the crew take over the #24 position this week with Cozy Tapes Vol. 1. The Mob clocks 16,026 TAEU and 3,032 sales with the communal record, which found itself at #13 last week.
10) Common — Black America Again: Common's newest LP is a return of sorts to the conscious hip hop that many of his listeners initially fell in love with. Black America Again debuts at #25, doing 15,923 TAEU and 13,191 sales.
Rae Sremmurd did it! "Black Beatles" is the #1 song in the country, bumping The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd, and DJ Snake back a little in the process. Bruno Mars is at #6 with "24K Magic," and D.R.A.M.'s platinum single "Broccoli" took a bit of a hit, moving from #5 to #9. Kendrick Lamar's Maroon 5 collaboration moves from #11 to #10, while Future and Drake's new track "Used to Be" debuts at #14. Drizzy's single "Fake Love" dropped back to #17 from #10. Elsewhere, Big Sean's "Bounce Back" debuts at #61