B.o.B. Takes Over Rap’s Top Spot on the Charts

B.o.B. usurped hip-hop’s leading spot on The Billboard 200 from Nas and Damian Marley today (June 9).

The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which climbed three spots from No. 16 to No. 13 this week, is the highest-ranking rap album on the charts after selling 20,130 units in the last seven-days, according to the Nielsen SoundScan. Overall the ATLien has 210,300 in sales.

Four chairs down at No. 17 is the Black Eyed Peas. Fans are still purchasing the group’s 2009 disc, The E.N.D. in droves, picking up 17,400 CDs last week alone. To date, the Grammy-nominated album has sold 2,569,000 copies.

Directly below at No. 18 is Nas and Damian Marley’s collaborative project, Distant Relatives. The reggae-laced effort was bagged up 17,100 times this go-round, bringing the duo’s three-week tally to 99,800.

Rounding out the Top 40 is Ludacris’s Battle of the Sexes. The DTP general moved 11,700 units, which now makes his complete numbers equal 440,800.

Failing to chart on The Billboard 200 this week is Bay Area rap vet Yukmouth. The former Luniz MC’s new album, Free At Last, sold about 1,300 discs in his first week on shelves.

Next week look for Plies’s Goon Affiliated and Lil Jon’s long delayed Crunk Rock album to debut on the charts. —Elan Mancini

  • smokey berra

    bep still killin it.seems that people only bootleg and download rap shit.b.o.b. puttin up ok numbers for todays climate.

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  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    That BoB album is dope but that Distant Relatives album should have sold waaaaay more than that; ish is just too good. Goes to show you that good music isn’t appreciated like it use to be…..and bootlegging don’t help either.

    • fuck that

      B.o.B. is horrible. airplanes is the worst shit i have ever heard, and you should be ashamed for complimenting B.o.B.

  • http://sed.com Tank

    @EmCDL Thats cuz nobody wanna hear that 94 rappin nas still doin

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      YOU don’t hear that ’94 rapping style Nas is doing.

      Many of y’all are so limited in thought and boxed in you forget and fail to realize there are other countries on this planet who don’t wanna hear that stuff Y’ALL listen to.

      So while dudes like you think the whole world wants to hear this 2010 version of what y’all call music, I went to the ‘Distant Relatives’ show in my area last month and there were people who flew in from Russia, France, & Germany to see these guys. A packed venue at $55 a head. Does you remark still apply?

    • Crackee

      NaS aint rappin like its ’94 or we’d have another Illmatic. NaS has kept up with the times and stayed relative, that Distant Relatives album was dope, dudes still droppin knowledge and steppin out his comfort zone. mos def his best effort since God’s Son.

  • IndyKid7

    Uh, yea $yk. It does apply.

    Sorry guy but the proof is in the puddin’.

    Although I love the two of them together and I think the album is good, Nas and Jr. Gong haven’t even cracked 100k yet. So no matter how internationally acclaimed they are, the numbers don’t add up.

    Indy

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Internationally, Distant Relatives attained some chart success. It entered at number 33 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, it debuted at number 30 on the UK Albums Chart and at number four on the R&B Albums Chart. In Canada, the album entered at number 10 on the Top 100 Albums chart. In Germany, it debuted at number 38 on the Media Control Charts, and in the Netherlands, the album debuted at number 72 and peaked at number 65 on the Mega Album Top 100.

      ^ How does “nobody wanna hear that 94 rappin nas still doin” apply to this?

      I will admit, accordingly to the RIAA, if it’s not certified it is considered to be a failed project, regardless of the rave reviews.

      But dude said no one wants to hear that style, that is not true. This is a scenario where the numbers can lie to you.

      “In Germany, it debuted at number 38 on the Media Control Charts”

      ^ In a controlled media environment, it still charted.

      • Worley

        $yk don’t waste your time B. You are arguing with a dude that said no one wants to hear a ’94 rap style and another that said the album is wack because it didn’t crack 100K. Think about that for a minute. Rap would be in a much better place artistically if dudes were flowing like it was ’94. We already know sales don’t mean sh!t. Gang Starr never sold wild units. Is anyone going to tell me they are wack? You are talking calculus to a bunch of individuals that only understand arithmetic.

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

          “You are talking calculus to a bunch of individuals that only understand arithmetic.”

          ^ LOLZ

      • mr. quiji

        Nas hasn’t rapped the same since Jay gave his career a dirty sanchez.

        Hov sells out concerts in 5 minutes @ arena’s.

        When Nas flew out here last month he played in one of our smaller venues.

        From his trash clothing line to his poor decisions in choosing a gold digging wife, this man definitely “witnessed it from his folks pad and scribbled in his note pad”. His most nostradamus-esque moment may be when he titled his album “God’s Son” cause that’s what he will forever be, one of Hov’s kids…

        • KG

          Hov bodying Nas is a matter of opinion. A lot of people rode with nas at that time. The onlyu thing I can agree with is Nas’ choice in a wife. She hurt his Career more than any beef possibly could.

          Overall the Album Distant Relatives is on some deep spiritual stuff that maybe you cant get. The production is solid. This is by far better than that BP3 pop bullshit that Jay doin. LOL Hov doin that Techno song XXXO is damn joke. He dont even know who the fuck he is anymore.

        • KG

          Hov bodying Nas is a matter of opinion. A lot of people rode with nas at that time. The only thing I can agree with is Nas’ choice in a wife. She hurt his Career more than any beef possibly could.

          Overall the Album Distant Relatives is on some deep spiritual stuff that maybe you cant get. The production is solid. This is by far better than that BP3 pop bullshit that Jay doin. LOL Hov doin that Techno song XXXO is damn joke. He dont even know who the fuck he is anymore.

  • E-Hustle

    JUNE 22, 2010 is all that matters. Fuck everything else.

    recovery

    • Crackee

      i aint crazy bout the new Em album, wasnt feelin it

  • jayceon

    bobs album was fucking garbage. he only sells albums because he hits the radio

    • Hanch

      Your fucking crazy!!! That Album is dope! Maybe try expanding your musical interest a little bit! BoB is one talented mofo and Recovery is EM’s best work.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Chiliz

    Fans are still purchasing the group’s 2009 disc.
    The E.N.D. in droves, picking up 17,400 CDs last week alone. To date, the Grammy-nominated album has sold 2,569,000 copies.
    ……..????????????????????????????????????

  • Dub

    @jayceon

    That’s how everyone sells…?

  • IndyKid

    You old timers need to chill out. Yea, that’s you $yk and Worley. None of of us have even mentioned the quality of the album and you guys are pretty much arguing with yourselves. I even said I thought it was good.

    Fact is, cash is king and in a world with meek numbers, it’s not good. It’s unfortunate that they haven’t sold more because the album is great but even with your ‘Top 30somethings on around-the-world charts’ argument, it’s still not selling well. So yea, his argument on ‘nobody wants to hear ’94 Nas still doin it’ sort of applies here. They definitely don’t buy Nas like they used to. And unless you want to make the argument that all his stans are dead then I think this conversations over.

    Indy

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Plain and simple fam.

      The dude said no one wants to hear Nas in ’94 fashion. I said I have seen for myself that people are flying across the globe to see him rhyme, period, in any shape, form, or fashion.

      Now if dude said a lot of people don’t listen to reggae, thus may be a good reason why it’s not selling like that, I could agree. If he said because of the social content of the album, I could agree also.

      But the reality is a lot of people ARE paying attention because they wanna hear Nas. If Nas wasn’t on this mashup, WHY WOULD ANY RAP FAN BE CONCERNED? THE MARLEYS HAVE BEEN DROPPING ALBUMS.

      The album isn’t for the rapper fan alone, if so, they would have released it on Def Jam, instead of Universal Republic. It was put on a smaller imprint and marketed to a different crowd, the label kinda knew the rap crowd wouldn’t respond to it. They will get more $ off of publishing and tour revenue than actual sales.

      It has nothing to do with that ’94 sh^t. Since you took it there, that’s what you young cats think. They took your “cash is king” thought and saw that it was a better look to do a touring album, which it really is, not a radio & Billboard album, and get fifty a head instead of releasing an album for $10 to a demographic that ain’t gonna pay for it or hardly understand it. You heard it, they’re talking about culture and Alkebulan, the mother continent. Y’all young cats don’t wanna hear that.

      And to FURTHER take it there, when Nas did ‘Untitled’, another HIGHLY social album, cats were screaming they want more Premo beats, AZ collabs, Pete Rock production. AIN’T THAT FROM ’94?

      But you are right, if you can’t see what I’m saying, especially now, this convo is over.