Hip Hop Album Sales: Yelawolf, Drake, Kendrick Lamar

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Yelawolf debuts at #3 and Drake gets a boost from the collector's edition release of his latest album.

With Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's Furious 7 hit "See You Again" still at the top of the Hip Hop and R&B singles chart, the soundtrack itself is at #2 on the Billboard 200 for a second week in a row. Just below, Yelawolf's second Shady Records release marks his first Top 10 ever after debuting at #27 in 2011 with Radioactive.

Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late got a boost in sales in the first week of the album being available physically. The next Hip Hop album on the chart is Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly which is again at #14. More than dozen spots lower and after debuting at #4 last week, Tyler The Creator's Cherry Bomb fell all the way to #38 this past week.

Yelawolf Debuts At #3

Despite putting up the second most album sales of the week, Yelawolf's Love Story clocks in at #3 this week due to relatively lower streaming activity than the Furious 7 soundtrack at #2. Yelawolf's first album since Radioactive sold 51,472 first-week units and was streamed just over 2.75 million times. By contrast, that last album sold just over 40,000 albums upon release in late 2011.

Collector Edition Gives Drake A Boost

The collector's edition of Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late seems to have given the album a surge in sales more than two months after the initial digital-only release. With a 35% increase in total activity largely attributable to an increased sales number of 27,806 units, the album jumped from #10 to #4 over the last week. The album remains the most streamed on the chart for another week in a row, most recently with more than 18.5 million single week streams.

Kendrick Lamar Still At #14

Despite a 21% drop in total activity, Kendrick Lamar hasn't budged from #14. Lamar pushed another 14,374 units of To Pimp A Butterfly bringing his total count to 546,653.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/26/2015

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.

#2. Various - Furious 7 - 62,445 (18,225) [11,556,164]

#3. Yelawolf - Love Story - 58,241 (51,472) [2,758,595]

#4. Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - 47,965 (27,806) [18,666,718]

#14. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly - 21,849 (14,374) [7,788,634]

#19. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise - 18,987 (6,971) [8,581,786]

#20. Nicki Minaj - Pinkprint - 18,965 (4,901) [9,127,853]

#22. Empire Cast - Original Soundtrack From Season 1 - 18,580 (13,872) [2,660,948]

#29. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special - 15,580 (18,935) [4,223,146]

#31. Flo Rida - My House - 14,867 (1,448) [5,038,703]

#32. Wale - The Album About Nothing - 14,620 (9,855) [3,402,412]

Last Week's Sales

 

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