Waka Flocka and Kid Ink Debut in Top 20 of Billboard
It was a good week for two artists who recently graced the cover of XXL, as albums from both Waka Flocka and Kid Ink debuted in the top 20 of the Billboard 200.
Waka, who's donning the most recent cover of XXL for the June issue, saw his sophomore album, Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family, come in at No. 10 in its first week. The Warner Bros. release sold 33,200 units, making it the highest selling rap release of the week. The album follows up the dreadlock-rocking artist's 2010 debut, Flockaveli.
A few spots down, 2012 XXL Freshman Kid Ink and his debut album, Up & Away, comes in at No. 20. Released by Tha Alumni Music Group, the album made a great majority of its 19,800 sales online, as it has been sitting comfortably at No. 1 on the iTunes Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums charts since its release. Ink, currently weighing offers from major labels, is sure to earn even more attention with the success of the album.
Another XXL Freshman, Big K.R.I.T., from the 2011 class, lands at No. 31 this week. His Def Jam debut, Live From The Underground, which entered the charts at No. 4 last week, sold 12,100 copies in its second week, bringing his total to 53,400 over that two-week span. Coming in right behind Krizzle at No. 33, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is still moving units, having sold 12,000 discs in its eleventh week.
Down at No. 78, another independent album entered the charts, as Stevie Stone's Strange Music debut, Rollin' Stone, sold 6,500 units in its first week.
Yesterday, a couple Southern vets returned, as Pastor Troy dropped his album The Last Outlaw, and Juvenile released his Rejuvination, while New York native Smoke DZA released his Rugby Thompson. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)