Hip Hop Album Sales: Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, Ne-Yo

Hip Hop Album Sales: Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, Ne-Yo

Nicki Minaj nearly crosses the Gold milestone and Kid Ink debuts at #14.

Nearly six weeks into 2015, the only Hip Hop album in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 belongs to Nicki Minaj as she continues nursing her Pinkprint release with huge streaming numbers and a newly promoted single. Meanwhile, Kid Ink’s Full Speed debuted at #11 this week with just under 30,000 albums sold. Ne-Yo’s latest fell more than ten spots after debuting at #5 last week while J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive is still on the decline, landing at #19 most recently despite consistent sale numbers.

Lower down the list, Missy Elliott reemerged in the Top 40 thanks to a surprise Super Bowl halftime show appearance a couple weeks ago and Skizzy Mars climbs to #35 in the first week of his Red Balloon Project’s availability.

Nicki Minaj Eyes Gold Record Milestone

Nicki Minaj will almost certainly pass the Gold record milestone next week after selling another 20,000 units of The Pinkprint most recently. Nicki’s third album has now tallied 487,013 sales since its release in early December. After slipping a couple spots two weeks ago, Pinkprint is again at #8 despite a 2% sales drop.

Kid Ink Debuts At #14

Kid Ink’s third album broke into the Top 20 this past week with Full Speed selling 28,547 units since its release last Tuesday (February 3). The star-studded tracklist helped Full Speed to more than 3 million streams and 65,379 single songs sales.

J. Cole Falls To #19

While Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive fell another five spots due in part to a 10% sales drop, his latest album has now sold a total of 745,725 albums thanks to another 17,485 added most recently. 2014 Forest Hills Drive also got streamed nearly 7.5 million times in the same time period.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Hip Hop & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 02/08/2015

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.

#8. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint – 47,686 (20,560) [12,701,231]

#11. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special – 42,780 (6,258) [6,181,284]

#14. Kid Ink – Full Speed – 37,243 (28,547) [3,239,182]

#16. Ne-Yo – Non-Fiction – 27,287 (18,744) [3,790,007]

#19. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive – 26,066 (17,485) [7,469,251]

#28. Pitbull – Globalization – 15,827 (3,455) [3,611,920]

#31. Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife – 14,782 (4,745) [5,405,531]

#33. Beyonce – Beyonce – 14,512 (5,759) [4,558,022]

#35. Skizzy Mars – Red Balloon Project – 13,632 (12,739) [188,114]

#38. Missy Elliott – Under Construction – 12,423 (2,389) [867,856]

Last Week’s Sales 

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