Hip Hop Album Sales: Anderson .Paak's "Ventura" & Beyoncé's Live Album Score Top 10 Debuts

South Korean boy band BTS have claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, but Hip Hop and R&B dominate the Top 10 with seven entries this week.

Anderson .Paak’s Ventura debuts at No. 4, marking a new career-high for the Aftermath Entertainment artist. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s Homecoming: The Live Album has managed to hit No. 7 despite only being tracked for two days.

Elsewhere, Khalid’s Free Spirit slips to No. 3 following last week’s chart-topping debut. Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap also continues to perform well, remaining in the Top 5 for its third consecutive week.

Anderson .Paak Reaches Top 5 For 1st Time

Ventura has become the highest-charting album of Anderson .Paak’s career thanks to a No. 4 debut. The Grammy winner had never been in the Top 10 prior to Ventura, peaking at No. 11 with last year’s Oxnard.

In its first week, Paak’s latest album moved 55,146 total album equivalent units. 38,548 of those came from pure album sales.

Beyoncé Cracks Top 10 In Just 2 Days

Beyoncé didn’t even need a full week to attain the No. 7 spot on the Billboard 200. The R&B superstar’s Homecoming: The Live Album racked up 37,737 total album equivalent units — 14,498 of which were pure album sales — during two days of tracking activity.

Queen Bey surprised fans last Wednesday (April 17) by dropping the 40-track live album. The project was released as a companion piece to her Netflix documentary Homecoming, which premiered that same day.

Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap Maintains Chart Stronghold

The death of Nipsey Hussle has prompted a dramatic increase in his album sales and streams. For this week’s Billboard 200, Neighborhood Nip’s Victory Lap settles in at No. 5 on the chart.

Victory Lap, which was released in February 2018, re-entered the Billboard 200 earlier this month at No. 2. After slipping to No. 3 last week, it’s fallen a few more spots but remains in the Top 5 after selling 54,711 total units.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/18/2019

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. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 3 — 82,312 (15,326) [86,644,946]
2. Anderson .Paak — Ventura — No. 4 — 55,146 (38,548) [20,519,110]
3. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 5 — 54,711 (8,534) [58,121,397]
4. Beyoncé — Homecoming: The Live Album — No. 7 — 37,737 (14,498) [28,039,828]
5. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 8 — 34,361 (560) [51,772,382]
6. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 9 — 29,472 (1,545) [37,877,959]
7. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 10 — 28,734 (149) [42,300,311]
8. Drake — Scorpion — No. 11 — 28,210 (1,832) [34,864,959]
9. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 12 — 26,832 (5,006) [28,121,484]
10. DaBaby — Baby On Baby — No. 16 — 23,965 (292) [31,996,132]

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