This week's album sales are released on Tuesday instead of the usual Monday because of the Christmas holiday. Chris Brown and Pusha T's projects each make their first appearance on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The Weekend's Beauty Behind The Madness remains in the Top 10.
Chris Brown Receives Chart Royalty
Chris Brown's Royalty album debuts at #3. The project sold 184,454 album equivalent units and was streamed more than 17 million times. Royalty, which is named after Brown's daughter, includes the singles, "Liquor" and "Back to Sleep." The Virginia singer has had two #1 albums in his career, 2011's F.A.M.E. and 2012's Fortune.
Pusha T Reigns With "King Push" Prelude
Pusha T debuts at #20 with King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude. The project sold 45,297 album equivalent units and was streamed more than six million times. This album precedes King Push. Pusha T's debut album, My Name Is My Name, reached the #4 position upon its release in 2013.
The Weeknd Continues Sales Madness
The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness remains in the Top 10, landing at #9 on this week's chart. The album has spent 17 weeks on the chart and grew 14 percent this week after spending a week at the #10 spot. The project is bolstered by three singles in the Top 15 on the Digital Genre R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 12/24/2015
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.
#3 Chris Brown - Royalty - 184,454 (161,582) [17,306,568]
#9 The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness - 71,980 (40,367) [23,523,921]
#20 Pusha T - King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude - 45,297 (39,266) [6,244,309]
#21 Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap - 41,618 (14,023) [18,164,260]
#27 Monica - Code Red - 35,656 (33,718) [1,471,015]
#28 G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out - 35,201 (18,253) [16,568,000]
#33 Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul - 33,215 (14,189) [20,607,081]
#38 R. Kelly - Buffet - 26,673 (25,198) [1,266,273]