Three Rap Albums Hold Top Spots For The First Time In Billboard History


The summer for hip-hop in 2013 is getting better every month. We’re about midway through July and the conversations for the biggest releases are still ongoing. J. Cole, Mac Miller, Kanye West and Wale have all dropped albums, while Jay-Z successfully created new rules with his twelfth studio effort. Let’s not forget – there’s August to look forward to as well.

But big things are happening right now. This week was another major win for hip-hop. For the first time in Billboard 200 history, three rap albums hold the top spots in three consecutive weeks. Fresh off the announcement of J. Cole’s Born Sinner landing at No. 1, the two other albums—Wale’s The Gifted and Kanye West’s Yeezus—are at Nos. 2 and 3. There have been various changes in the order a few weeks before.

The question is: Will Hov push one of these rappers out? According to industry insiders, Jay is expected to sell 475,000 to 500,000 copies for his initial week. This is on top of already receiving an RIAA Platium plaque for a million digital copies sold before the official release date. If he indeed tops the list—which is pretty much a given—he’ll contribute to another history-making moment in the Billboard charts. It would mark the first time four different rap albums have continuously spent their first week at No. 1.

They got the game on lock.

[via Billboard]

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  • Kizi 10

    I saw this really great album. Position it receives is deserved.

  • Jack_Lingo

    and not to forget, but all three of the current albums held the number one spot during these past three weeks while Hov is definitely going to take number one next week.
    its crazy. also a good sign of where hip hop is. I’m so proud to be able to witness this generation of rappers come up.

  • Peso

    of course Hov getting #1…that will make 13 and counting (10 solo, 2 collabs & 1 EP)

    finally Roc Nation took the top label spot from YMCMB…was tired of hearing them lames take over the airwaves except Drake & Nicki when she’s not doing Pop music

    Roc-A-Fella/ Roc Nation/ Roc Nation Management

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  • yepi 10

    He is very handsome and talent