Hip Hop Album Sales: Drake, Beyonce & Kevin Gates | HipHopDX

Drake makes history by becoming the first male artist in 10 years to have an album at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart for five straight weeks. Beyonce continues her reign and Kevin Gates has two projects in the Top 20.

Drake Don’t Stop

Drake sold another 152,069 album units this week to bring his total sales to 1.9 million, according to Hits Daily Double. VIEWS sits at #1 for the fifth consecutive week, which surpasses Eminem’s Recovery. Slim Shady’s 2010 album reigned at the top position for five weeks upon its release in 2010.

Beyonce Be Beyonce

Beyonce’s LEMONADE lands at #3 in its sixth week. Queen Bey pushed 79,310 units. The project was streamed 8,652,574 times and is still a TIDAL exclusive.

Kevin Gates Murders The Charts Again

Kevin Gates follows up the commercial success of Islah with his Murder For Hire II EP. The second installment lands at #12 on the chart while Islah sits at #19 in its 18th week. Murder For Hire II sold 27,093 album equivalent units and was streamed 7,334,652 times.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 06/02/2016

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.

#1 Drake – VIEWS – 152,069 (36,855) [137,455,056]

#3 Beyonce – LEMONADE – 79,310 (55,544) [8,652,574]

#7 Rihanna – ANTI – 42,269 (9,960) [34,902,097]

#8 Flume – Skin – 31,489 (18,085) [15,254,206]

#12 Kevin Gates – Murder For Hire II – 27,093 (20,500) [7,334,652]

#16 Prince – Very Best of Prince – 22,366 (18,364) [252,697]

#17 G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out – 22,165 (9,281) [14,839,346]

#19 Kevin Gates – ISLAH – 21,340 (7,169) [15,145,499]

#21 Kanye West – The Life of Pablo – 18,840 (16) [28,236,971]

#22 Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul – 17,068 (3,036) [18,650,712]

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