Hip Hop Album Sales: Ne-Yo, Pitbull Joey Bada$$

Hip Hop Album Sales: Ne-Yo, Pitbull & Joey Bada$$

Ne-Yo debuts at #5 with his new album, Nicki Minaj maintains positioning in the Top 10 with “The Pinkprint.”

R&B crooner Ne-Yo officially makes his debut on the charts following the release of his Non-Fiction album. Despite their strong debuts on the charts last week, both Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco fall drastically. Nicki Minaj continues to hold strong with her The Pinkprint album, again clenching a spot in the Top 10.

J. Cole, Rae Sremmurd, Mark Ronson and Charlie Wilson also manage to make their way onto this week’s list.

Ne-Yo’s “Non-Fiction” Debuts At #5

With the release of his first album since 2012’s R.E.D., Camden, Arkansas songster Ne-Yo found a worthy spot on the charts this week with his newest project, Non-Fiction. The album debuted at #5, beating out the likes of Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy and Mark Ronson. On the album, which was released late last month, Ne-Yo recruited a number of Hip Hop notables including T.I., ScHoolboy Q, Jeezy, and Juicy J.

Nicki Minaj Remains In The Top 10

Following the release of Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint album nearly two months ago, the Queens, New York rapstress is still holding strong to her Top 10 positioning on the charts. This week, the album secured the #8 spot on the charts, a small drop from last week, which found The Pinkprint at #6. The album moved more than 20,000 units this week and was streamed nearly 13 million times.

Joey Bada$$ & Lupe Fiasco Take A Tumble

Following impressive debuts last week, both Joey Bada$$’s and Lupe Fiasco’s albums fell quite a few spots on this week’s chart. Joey Bada$$’ B4.Da.$$, which debuted at #5 last week, dropped to #41 while Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth made its way to #37 this week with album sales a little under 11,000.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Hip Hop & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 02/01/2015

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.

#5. Ne-Yo – Non-Fiction – 59,475 (48,666) [4,212,468]

#8. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint – 48,457 (20,424) [12,820,843]

#14. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive – 28,904 (19,746) [8,010,901]

#17. Charlie Wilson – Forever Charlie – 25,233 (24,624) [86,787]

#26. Pitbull – Globalization – 16,835 (3,821) [3,586,562]

#27. Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife – 16,314 (6,117) [5,427,595]

#37. Lupe Fiasco – Tetuso & Youth – 12,941 (10,851) [2,001,599]

#41. Joey Bada$$ – B4.Da.$$ – 12,493 (10,262) [2,313,066]

#46. D’Angelo And The Vanguard – Black Messiah – 10,655 (5,672) [840,566]

Last Week’s Sales

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