Hip Hop Album Sales: XXXTENTACION's "?" Lands At #2 On Billboard 200 Following His Death

Following the June 18 shooting death of XXXTENTACION, his album sales continue to rise. The 20-year-old’s last album, ?, has climbed another spot to hit the Billboard 200 chart at #2 for the week ending June 28. Last week, it made a leap from #24 to #3 in the wake of his passing. His inaugural album, 17, also made a jump.

Meanwhile, Teyana Taylor’s Keep That Same Energy — produced by Kanye West — made its entrance at #17, while Lecrae and Zaytoven’s joint project Let The Trap Say Amen debuted at #49.

Elsewhere on the chart, Nas’ Nasir took a significant dive to wind up in the #36 slot and Jay Rock’s Redemption falls 45 percent in its second week to land at #25.

X Continues To Rise

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X was laid to rest over the weekend but that hasn’t stopped his albums from being heard. With 85,538 total album equivalent units, 5,100 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 111,620,906, the Florida-bred rapper’s sophomore album, ?, jumped another spot to land at #2 this week. It initially debuted at #1 back in March.

All of X’s albums, including 2017’s Revenge mixtape, saw a leap in chart position. The “Look At Me!” artist’s debut album, 17, pulled in 45,075 total album equivalent units, 1,919 pure album sales and a streaming count of 61,604,179 to land at #5, up from #7 last week.

X was killed earlier this month outside of RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida in what his lawyer believes was a “random robbery.”

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Despite the grand rollout for Teyana Taylor’s new album, Keep That Same Energy (K.T.S.E.), the G.O.O.D. Music artist couldn’t crack the Top 10. With 23,074 total album equivalent units, 7,435 pure album sales and a streaming count of 22,451,543, K.T.S.E. hit the chart at #17.

Although it was supposedly revealed during a listening party on June 21 via Yeezy’s Twitter account, Taylor admitted the “completed” version of the album isn’t actually out.

“Nasir” Takes A Mighty Plunge


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Nas’ highly anticipated album Nasir debuted on the chart at #5 last week but now, it’s taken an 81 percent dive. With 14,374 total album equivalent units, 5,225 pure album sales and a streaming count of 13,089,545, Nasir ended up at #36.

The Kanye West-produced project is the Hip Hop luminary’s first album since 2012’s Life Is Good, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its initial release. It sold 149,000 copies in its opening week and marked Nas’ final album for Def Jam.

Read DX’s Nasir review here. 

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 06/28/2018

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. XXXTENTACION — ? — #2 — 85,538 (5,100) [111,620,906]
  2. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — #3 — 74,647 (7,204) [90,631,918]
  3. The Carters — EVERYTHING IS LOVE — #4 — 59,211 (19,367) [55,281,575]
  4. XXXTENTACION — 17 — #5 — 45,075 (1,919) [61,604,179]
  5. Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance — #7 — 44,139 (1,144) [61,501,893]
  6. Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy – #8 — 42,845 (2,733) [50,402,760]
  7. Lil Baby — Harder Than Ever — #11 — 29,232 (467) [41,724,801]
  8. Kanye West — ye – #14 — 25,900 (2,465) [34,011,567]
  9. Post Malone — Stoney — #16 — 23,173 (1,710) [30,025,414]
  10. Teyana Taylor — K.T.S.E. — #17 — 23,074 (7,435) [22,451,543]

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