Hip Hop Album Sales: Future & Meek Mill Hit Billboard 200's Top 10

Hip Hop has dominated the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending July 12. Drake is still in the No. 1 spot with Scorpion, while Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys moves up a spot from last week to land at No. 2.

Elsewhere on the chart, Future makes his debut at No. 3 with his streaming-only mixtape Beastmode 2 and Meek Mill’s first project post-prison, the Legends Of The Summer EP, hits the chart at No. 9.

Meanwhile, projects from Cardi B, XXXTENTACION, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, JAY-Z and Beyoncé (The Carters) all hold down the Top 10.

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Despite a 54 percent drop in sales, Drake’s Scorpion still wears the proverbial Billboard 200 crown this week. With 335,328 total album equivalent units (29,254 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 390,977,004), the Toronto powerhouse slides in the No. 1 slot with ease.

The monster release debuted at No. 1 last week and has already smashed multiple streaming records, including his own record for the most first-day streams on Apple Music and Spotify. Last week’s debut also marked the biggest sales debut of 2018.

Read DX’s Scorpion review here.

Beastmode Indeed

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Future’s streaming-only mixtape, Beastmode 2, has just became the highest-charting project of its kind on the Billboard 200. With 56,555 total album equivalent units sold and a streaming count of 73,494,843, Hendrix lands at No. 3. The Top 3 chart position is an impressive feat considering the nine-track effort wasn’t released for purchase and none of the songs were available to buy through digital retailers.

His last two albums — Future and HNDRX — made history last year following their back-t0-back No. 1 debuts.

Read the Beastmode 2 review here.

Meek Debuts

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Meek Mill was released from Chester State Prison in April and just returned with his first music project post-prison, the Legends Of The Summer EP.  With 26,908 total album equivalent units sold (6,097 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 25,295,714), Meek squeezes into the Top 10 at No. 9. It marks his first EP to break into the Top 10.

The Philly-bred rapper’s last studio album, 2017’s Wins & Losses, debuted at No. 3 with roughly 107,000 total album equivalent units and around 37,000 in pure album sales.

Read DX’s Legends Of The Summer review here.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 07/12/2018

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. Drake — Scorpion — #1 — 335,328 (29,254) [390,977,004]
  2. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — #2 — 70,772 (6,756) [81,685,529]
  3. Future — Beastmode 2 — #3 — 56,555 (0) [73,494,843]
  4. XXXTENTACION — ? — #4 — 51,483 (3,991) [69,135,332]
  5. Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy — #5 — 44,250 (2,539) [49,814,508]
  6. Juice WRLD — Goodbye & Good Riddance — #6 — 41,111 (1,613) [59,688,781]
  7. JAY-Z & Beyoncé — EVERYTHING IS LOVE – #8 — 29,011 (6,117) [28,288,903]
  8. Meek Mill — Legends Of The Summer EP — #9 — 26,908 (6,097) [25,295,714]
  9. Lil Baby — Harder Than Ever — #10 — 26,535 (376) [36,140,877]
  10. XXXTENTACION — 17 – #14 — 22,429 (618) [34,573,645]

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