Kendrick Lamar Tops Charts Again, Plus First Week Sales For Wale & Mary J. Blige

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Wale Shine First Week Sales

Kendrick Lamar continues his reign at the top of the Billboard charts, moving 610k album equivalents sales for the week ending May 4th.  We also have the Wale Shine first week sales along with the numbers for the new Mary J. Blige album, Strength of a Woman.  Both projects performed below general expectations for the artists, but that’s today’s industry it seems.

While Kendrick Lamar has gone platinum after just 3 weeks with his DAMN. album, the Wale Shine first week sales might have him reconsidering everything he thought he knew about where he stood in the rap game.  Wale only moved 25k album equivalent units, only selling 13k copies in stores and making the rest off streams.  Fifteen albums performed better than him this week in Hip-Hop and R&B, including newcomer Playboi Carti who sold 28k album equivalent units.

The numbers are especially hard to swallow because Folarin moved his album up one week to release the project on April 28th instead of the initial projected release date of May 5th. The April 28th made for less mainstream competition, but the buzz was never really there for the new album so the Wale Shine first week sales really aren’t that surprising.

Wale’s last album, The Album About Nothing was a Billboard Number 1 album and sold 98k album equivalent units.

On to R&B, Mary J. Blige’s latest effort Strength of a Woman moved a respectable 76K album equivalent units, coming in 9th on the Hip-Hop and R&B charts.  The project was the highest R&B album on the chart this weeks so the Queen of Hip-Hop and R&B Soul is still doing her thing, all things considered, even though the sales aren’t quite what she’s been accustomed to.


Rank Artist Album Label Pure Sales Sales + Streaming
1 Kendrick Lamar DAMN. TDE/Interscope 362K 610K
2 Drake More Life YMCMB/Republic 230k 505K
3 Big Sean I Decided G.O.O.D./Def Jam 65K 156K
4 Future FUTURE Freebandz/Epic 57K 139K
5 Gorillaz Humanz Parlophone/Warner Bros 108K 135K
6 Migos Culture Quality Control 40K 121K
7 Future HENDRXX Freebandz/Epic 44K 117K
8 Rick Ross Rather You Than Me Epic 69K 100K
9 Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman Capitol 70K 76K
10 Kodak Black Painting Pictures WMG 15K 70K
11 Trey Songz Tremaine The Album WMG 42K 63K
12 Kehlani SweetSexySavage WMG 30K 57K
13 Joey Bada$$ All-Amerikkkan Badass Cinematic Music/Pro Era 24K 48K
14 Khalid American Teen Right Hand Music/RCA 13K 37K
15 Playboi Carti Playboi Carti AWGE/Interscope 8K 28K
16 Wale Shine MMG/Atlantic 13K 25K
17 Lupe Fiasco Drogas Light 1st and 15th 14K 20K
18 Nav Nav XO/Republic 4K 20K
19 Mike WiLL Made-It Ransom 2 WMG 4K 19K
20 Tech N9ne Dominion Strange Music 15K 17K
21 Pitbull Climate Change Polo Grounds/RCA 10K 13K
22 Fat Joe & Remy Ma Plata O Plomo RNG/Empire 8K 11K



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