Hip-hop Chart Toppers: Kanye West, J. Cole & Mac Miller Debut in Top 3

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If you’re a Kanye West fan, get ready to rejoice. His sixth solo studio album Yeesus, has managed to debut atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart with sales of 327,000 copies in its first week of release.

This marks the third largest sales week of the year following Justin Timberlake‘s 968,000 copies of The 20/20 Experience and Daft Punk‘s 339,000 copies of Random Access Memories.

It is, however, Yeezy’s lowest album sales to date. 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy debuted at #1 with 496,000 copies in its first week.

Coming in strongly at #2 is J. Cole with his second studio album Born Sinner. The album sold a total of 297,000, just 19,000 more than his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story began with in 2011.

Following J. Cole this week is Mac Miller‘s latest album Watching Movies With the Sound Off with 102,000.

His debut studio album, 2011’s Blue Slide Park, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 145,000 copies sold in its first week, making it the first independently-distributed debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound‘s Dogg Food in 1995.

Kelly Rowland‘s fourth studio album, Talk a Good Game, is the fourth and final new arrival in the top 10, with sales of 68,000 copies sold in its first week.

The album earns the #4 position this week, and marks the singers third top 10 album. It is also Ms. Rowland’s lowest selling album, dipping almost 10,000 units lower than 2011’s Here I Am.

Summing up the rest of the Top 10 this week, we have last week’s #1 album, Black Sabbath‘s 13, following to the #5 spot with sales of 46,000, while Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories slips from #2 to #6 with 40,000 copies this week.

Hunter Hayes‘ self-titled set has managed to jump from #80 to #7, following the album’s deluxe reissue on June 18., with just under 40,000 sold.

Falling from #5 to #8 we have Florida Georgia Line‘s Here’s to the Good Times with 33,000, while Justin’s 20/20 Experience slides from #3 to #9 with 32,000 copies.

Holding the #10 spot is Imagine DragonsNight Visions with 26,000.




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