Hip Hop Album Sales: Kendrick Lamar, “Empire” Action Bronson

Hip Hop Album Sales: Kendrick Lamar, "Empire" & Action Bronson

Kendrick Lamar’s second major-label album nearly reaches Gold and Action Bronson’s LP debuts in the Top 10.

Kendrick Lamar still has the #1 album in the country after debuting at the top spot last week.

This week’s Billboard 200 also finds Action Bronson in the Top 10 for the first time in his career, while Drake added another 18,648 units to his If Youre Reading This Its Too Late pile, bringing him to a total sold count of 793,068 as of Sunday (March 29).

A couple spots down the list, Earl Sweatshirt saw his new album climb up to #12, Big Sean regained two spots and Nicki Minaj ended up at #16.

Kendrick Lamar Holds Onto #1

For a second week in a row, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly tops the Billboard 200 despite its total activity count stuttering 66% when compared to last week’s first-week performance.

To Pimp A Butterfly sold 106,551 over the last week, bringing the album’s total sold count to 430,954. Meanwhile, K. Dot’s latest saw its streaming numbers more than cut in half after breaking single-day streaming records on Spotify last week.

Empire Sees 44% Sales Drop, Stays At #2

While the total activity count for the Empire soundtrack fell 44% compared to last week’s report, the collection still easily held onto its runner-up spot most recently. The first season soundtrack sold another 47,737 units over the last week and was streamed more than 5.5 million times.

Action Bronson Debuts At #7

Action Bronson’s major label debut earned him his first appearance in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 last week. Bronson moved 43,564 copies of Mr. Wonderful in its first week on the shelves and saw the record streamed more than 3.8 million times. The numbers earn Bronson the third-best selling album on the list if taken from a pure sales perspective. With streaming and single song sales accounted for, the Queens rapper ends up at #7 on the chart.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 03/29/2015

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. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly – 123,374 (106,551) [17,942,034]

#2. Empire Cast – Original Soundtrack From Season 1 – 61,440 (47,737) [5,699,319]

#7. Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful – 48,540 (43,564) [3,814,919]

#8. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – 44,472 (18,648) [22,521,488]

#12. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside – 30,772 (27,496) [3,271,473]

#14. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise – 27,115 (12,611) [10,051,531]

#16. Nicki Minaj – Pinkprint – 24,408 (7,160) [8,721,480]

#17. Various – Furious 7 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 24,347 (6,788) [4,173,696]

#21. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special – 22,554 (3,107) [4,163,289]

#29. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive – 16,971 (10,422) [6,302,822]

Last Week’s Sales

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