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)