Hip Hop Album Sales: Rihanna On Top, Kendrick Lamar Nears 500k



#HipHop #AlbumSales -Rihanna scores her first chart-topping album with “Unapologetic,” while Nicki Minaj’s repackaged sophomore album fails to make a dent on the charts.

After a handful of veterans cracked last week’s chart, this week sees a crop of newer artists holding it down on the Top 200. While it may seem hard to believe that Rihanna is yet to score a number one album, she accomplished just that with Unapologetic, her seventh album in seven consecutive years.

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj’s re-release of her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up, failed to match her expectations and missing the Top 25. The LP debuted at No. 26 on the charts, perhaps a confirmation of her concerns that the sales would reflect the album not being offered in certain retail outlets.

Finally, R&B singers had a strong week on the chart. Keyshia Cole’s latest album Woman To Woman had a healthy debut at No. 10 with 96,000 sold, while Ne-Yo and The Weeknd kept on strong with R.E.D. and Trilogy, respectively holding ground at No. 31 and 32.

#1. Rihanna – Unapologetic – 238,000 (238,000)

#10. Keyshia Cole – Woman To Woman – 96,000 (96,000)

#21. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – 49,000 (428,000)

#26. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up – 36,000 (727,000)

#31. Ne-Yo – R.E.D. – 29,000 (120,000)

#32. The Weeknd – Trilogy – 28,000 (114,000)

#45. 2 Chainz – Based on a T.R.U. Story – 22,000 (405,000)

#57. Meek Mill – Dreams & Nightmares – 18,000 (245,000)

#93. Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment – 11,000 (26,000)

#105. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 8,900 (143,000)

#151. Nas – Life is Good – 6,400 (333,000)

#165. DMX – Icon – 5,600 (19,000)

Source: HHDX

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