Many artists saw surges in sales right before the New Year as people reflected on their favorite albums of 2015. Fetty Wap's numbers grew 69 percent, Bryson Tiller saw a 59 percent increase in sales and Rae Sremmurd went from #148 to #47 for an 85 percent jump. Adele's 25 album remains in the #1 position of Billboard's Top 200 albums chart in its sixth week, selling 363,000 album equivalent units. Chris Brown sees a 70 percent drop in Royalty's second week on the list, but is still in the Top 10 at #8.
Drake & Future Reclaim Chart Position
Drake and Future reach #14 in this week's chart with a 63 percent surge in sales for What a Time to Be Alive. The album sold 40,544 album equivalent units prior to the New Year's holiday. Each rapper's individual project from 2015 also saw sales increases. Future's Dirty Sprite 2 is the #18 album of the week, selling 34,341 album equivalent units for a 45 percent increase. Drake's If Youre Reading This Its Too Late surges 43 percent to land at #29 with 27,670 sales.
J. Cole Fans Prepare For His Homecoming
J. Cole has been releasing his series of behind-the-scene documentaries leading up to the release of his HBO homecoming documentary Saturday (January 9). His 2014 Forest Hills Drive was released at the tail end of 2014 and was certified platinum in 2015. This week, the album lands at #30 with a 26 percent increase in sales with 25,909 album equivalent units sold.
Kid Ink Debuts With Surprise Project
Kid Ink surprised fans with the Christmas release of Summer In The Winter. The album debuts at #50, selling 15,885 album equivalent units and being streamed 1.5 million times. Kid Ink's 2014 album, My Own Lane, debuted at #3 on the chart in 2014. His Full Speed project peaked at #14.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 12/31/2015
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 Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap - 70,434 (18,517) [18,178,125]
#6 The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness - 69,153 (24,747) [23,675,888]
#8 Chris Brown - Royalty - 54,723 (36,067) [13,022,572]
#10 Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul - 52,823 (24,869) [24,063,282]
#13 G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out - 44,712 (21,925) [14,597,709]
#14 Drake and Future - What a Time To Be Alive - 40,544 (10,888) [18,160,934]
#18 Future - Dirty Sprite 2 - 34,341 (13,845) [15,365,445]
#29 Drake - If Youre Reading This Its Too Late - 27,670 (11,227) [12,565,133]
#30 J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive - 25,909 (10,701) [10,987,164]
#43 Travi$ Scott - Rodeo - 18,749 (4,741) [7,653,283]