Eminem, Beyonce Top SoundScan's Mid-Year R&B/Hip Hop Charts
According to Nielsen SoundScan, R&B/Hip Hop album sales are down 19 percent compared to this time last year.
Houston, Texas songstress Beyoncé is still holding strong on the SoundScan charts roughly six months after her self-titled album was released late last year. According to Billboard.com, with a little over 700,000 copies sold this year, album sales for Beyoncé helped the singer top Nielsen SoundScan’s Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date chart.
On the rap end, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 secured the #3 spot on SoundScan’s list with 419,000 copies sold this year. Other rappers to make it onto the list include Rick Ross (Mastermind, #4), ScHoolboy Q (Oxymoron, #7), and Drake (Nothing Was The Same, #8).
Despite topping the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date chart, neither Beyoncé nor Eminem have singles that rank higher than #5 on the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, Year To Date chart.
The artist who does rank high on both charts is crooner/producer Pharrell Williams whose single “Happy” reached the #1 spot on the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, Year To Date chart with sales for the song at 5,633,000. In addition to that feat, Pharrell’s studio album GIRL clenched the #2 spot on the Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date chart.
Other artists joining Pharrell on the top digital songs list is John Legend (“All Of Me,” #2), Jason Derulo (“Talk Dirty,” #3), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy,” #4), and Aloe Blacc (“The Man,” #5).
Billboard.com also reports that with the release of Nielsen SoundScan’s R&B/Hip Hop charts, album sales for those two genres are down a sizable 19 percent from last year. This time last year, 23.7 million albums were sold as opposed to this year’s 19.13 million.