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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A T.I. concert in New York ended abruptly in gunfire tonight (May 25), as shown in various social media video posts. The performance was at Irving Plaza and also featured Anderson .Paak and Uncle Murda.
The FADER reports that four people in total were shot inside the venue, according to the NYPD. One person died at Beth Israel Hospital from injuries sustained in the shooting. The deceased person was a 33-year-old man.
Two of the other victims were being treated at Bellevue Hospital. One, a 34-year-old male was reportedly shot in the chest. A 24-year-old woman was reportedly shot in the leg.
The fourth victim (who appears to be rapper Troy Ave, who was also scheduled to perform at the show) was reported to have been taken privately to New York University hospital.
The publication reached out to T.I.’s team, who referred all questions to the NYPD.
Buzzfeed confirms that one man died and three were injured in the shooting. The site says that police have not identified a suspect.
HipHopDX sends its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and wishes quick recovery to those injured.
UPDATE: Of the 4 people shot earlier in 17 Irving Pl., 1 person is deceased. No arrests, investigation ongoing. More details when available