Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 06/08/2014
50 Cent's first week sales figures for "Animal Ambition" are in. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's "Xscape" and Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" make up the remaining Top 3 albums in Rap and R&B.
50 Cent's Animal Ambition is the top Rap album of the week, a project that landed in the #4 spot in its first week of availability. Elsewhere on the charts, Michael Jackson has earned the #12 spot with Xscape and Iggy Azalea's The New Classic arrives at the 15 spot. The three projects make up the top Rap and R&B projects on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
50 Cent's Animal Ambition Arrives At #4
50 Cent's Animal Ambition's first week sales are in. The effort, which sold 46,728 units this week, earns 50 the #4 spot. Prior to these figures being made official, the emcee spoke on his expectations for the project's sales. "I can't do good," he said during a May interview. "In my head, what good is because of the success I've had in the past, that's so much lower. I've done so much that having the music that makes people enjoy themselves, that actually means something at the moment is the goal. Like when you said, 'Do you care whether you sell the record or not?' I do care that it actually is within our culture. That it means something."
Michael Jackson's Xscape Lands At #12
Michael Jackson has earned the #12 spot this week. The singer's Xscape project has sold 25,358 units this week, the fourth week of the effort's availability. Jackson's Xscape has sold 284,272 units overall. The album is available for streaming via HipHopDX. The project features production from Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins, among others. In August 2013, Timbaland spoke about his work on the Jackson project. At the time, Timbo said the collection would be "something big."
Iggy Azalea's The New Classic Earns #15 Spot
Iggy Azalea's The New Classic has sold 17,599 units this week to end up in the #15 spot on the chart. Overall, Iggy has sold 163,202 copies of The New Classic. Azalea recently spoke with Billboard about her authenticity. "We get so caught up, especially in rap, with what's authentic, and I wish people would think more about what the fuck that even means," she has said. "One critic was like, 'Why didn't you talk about more Australian things?' I don't understand why I'm supposed to write a song about living in the outback and riding a kangaroo to be authentic."
#4. 50 Cent - Animal Ambition - 46,728 (46,728)
#12. Michael Jackson - Xscape - 25,358 (284,272)
#15. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic - 17,599 (163,202)
#18. Mariah Carey - Me...I Am Mariah... - 16,090 (74,670)
#21. Pharrell Williams – G I R L - 13,871 (425,624)
#28. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty - 9,410 (107,496)
#30. John Legend - Love In The Future - 8,969 (529,934)
#44. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 6,343 (2,128,181)
#56. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Complete - 5,358 (992,628)
#62. Future - Honest - 4,595 (110,506)
* Data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000.