Rappers Help Justin Bieber Score No. 1 Album on Billboard Charts

Though no new rap albums shook up the Billboard 200 charts this week, a handful of rhymers were along for the ride of the No. 1 album.

Teen sensation Justin Bieber’s latest effort, Believe, debuted at the top of the charts, with sales of roughly 373,00—making it the highest-selling debut of the year across all genres. Though JB isn’t doing much rapping himself on the disc, the 18-year-old hip-hop fan did get some of the rap world’s biggest names to contribute to his effort. Of the 13 tracks on the release, four feature high profile rapper guest spots: “All Around the World,” featuring Ludacris; “As Long As You Love Me,” featuring Big Sean; “Right Here,” featuring Drake; and “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

That wasn’t the Young Money Queen’s only appearance on the album charts, though. Her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded jumped 10 spots, from No. 31 last week to No. 21 this week, with sales of 17,100 during the seven-day span. During an otherwise slow week, the positioning was good enough to give her the highest-selling rap release of the week, despite the album first being released in early April.

A little further down the chart, Waka Flocka’s sophomore album, the Warner Bros.-released Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family, sold 12,700 units in its second week. After debuting at No. 9 last week, the rowdy rhymer dropped to No. 32 overall.

Look out for Maybach Music Group’s Self Made 2 to debut next week.—Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

  • Burmy

    *wonders how Juvenile’s “Rejuvenation” did…also why XXL never got to reviewing it.*

  • Turn off that radio

    XXl is like your local radio station, you will only hear about 5 artist.

  • fuckyall

    yea they didnt say what wordsworth did either yall should check that out plus young zee drops tuesday cop that

  • THA TRUTH

    congrats to the BIEB..next up…a feat with GAME…support Red yall..a classic…hiphop lives on with GAME

  • aaronickey

    you dummies……..Justin Bieber is cooning by pretending to be us……Just like Elvis and The labels are gonna sign people who look like us and can do our music…..the will start to sign white cute kids t do hip hop and you dummies will co sign that as well..the end is near! and you dummies are assisting it! Wake up!