This week on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart, Weird Al Yankovic takes the lead with his first #1 album, Mandatory Fun. Meanwhile, several R&B singers, including Trey Songz, Marsha Ambrosius and Jason Derulo, make waves in the Top 20 and Iggy Azalea continues her Top 25 success despite ghostwriting allegations.
Weird Al Yankovic's Mandatory Fun Hits #1
Weird Al Yankovic has the #1 album in the country with Mandatory Fun, a project that features parodies of several Rap and R&B tracks. The Weird Al effort sold 104,038 units this week, its first week of availability. Mandatory Fun features parodies of some of the year's biggest hits, including "Tacky," a parody of Pharrell's "Happy." Weird Al, who's been making music for approximately three decades, also reimagined Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" as "Handy" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" as "Word Crimes" on the album. Other tracks including Lorde's "Royals" as "Foil" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" as "Inactive." This is Weird Al's first #1 album.
Trey Songz's Trigga Dips, Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers Debuts, Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty Returns
In its third week of availability, Trey Songz's Trigga sold 22,840 copies, a 35 percent decrease in sales from last week's 35,185 units. Overall, Trey Songz has sold 161,733 units of Trigga. This dip in sales also dropped Songz's ranking from #4 last week to #9 this week, allowing the singer to remain in the Top 10. A few slots behind Trigga is Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers. The album, Ambrosius' latest, debuted on the charts this week at #12 with 17,200 units sold. Meanwhile, Jason Derulo returns to the Top 15 with Talk Dirty. The album, in its 14th week of availability, sold 14,272 copies. This is a 184 percent increase from the 5,031 units it sold last week. Overall, Talk Dirty has sold 154,423 copies.
Iggy Azalea's The New Classic Lands At #22
This week, Iggy Azalea's The New Classic falls to #22 from last week's #16 despite a slight increase in sales. Now in its 13th week of availability, the album sold 13,326 copies, a four percent increase from the 12,820 units it sold last week. Azalea's The New Classic has now sold 246,429 copies overall. Azalea has been dealing with rumors that she has ghostwriters who pen her lyrics. Recently, T.I. has come to the forefront, speaking against these allegations. "I ain’t no ghostwriter," T.I. said. "Iggy got her own ideas and thoughts that she presents to the world her own way. I couldn’t write a lot of the shit she say, you know? I couldn’t put her thoughts into words as articulate as she does. You know what I’m saying? She just has a different way of presenting herself and her art. So, I mean—Now don’t get me wrong, everybody in the studio helps with hooks and certain things like that. That goes for me and any of the other top five rappers, performers…You want the best ideas."
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Of 07/20/2014
#1. Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun - 104,038 (104,038)
#9. Trey Songz - Trigga - 22,840 (161,733)
#12. Marsha Ambrosius - Friends & Lovers - 17,200 (17,200)
#17. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty - 14,272 (154,423)
#22. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic - 13,326 (246,429)
#31. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party - 10,177 (176,555)
#33. Michael Jackson - Xscape - 9,590 (374,246)
#37. John Legend - Love In The Future - 8,192 (576,622)
#48. Pharrell - G I R L - 6,576 (475,929)
#57. August Alsina - Testimony - 5,420 (161,951)
#64. G-Eazy - These Things Happen - 4,898 (66,800)
#65. Beyonce - Beyonce - 4,866 (2,016,846)
For more on last week's album sales, view the DX Daily below.
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