Hip Hop Album Sales: Macklemore Makes His Debut While Kevin Gates Get Redemption On The Billboard 200
Gates' "By Any Means 2' moves 96 slots of the table with an increase of 467 percent in sales.
Macklemore Gemini, his first solo album since the year 2005 the Language Of My World, has debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending September 28. Jumping 467 percent after its debut at #100 last week was Kevin Gates By Any Means 2, which peaked at #4 after a week of sales. Jhené Aiko's Journey also makes his entrance in the fifth place of the Top 5 with 10,369 pure album sales. Lil Uzi Vert of the Luv Is Rage 2 remains constant in the #3, while XXXTENTACION 17 falls out of the Top 10, settling in at #12.
The Planets Aligned For Macklemore
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Macklemore took a chance and moved forward without his production partner Ryan Lewis for his new solo album, Gemini, which features Lil Yachty, the Offset and the pop princess Kesha. With 50,672 total album equivalent units sold (27,266 pure album sales and streaming count 24,266,894), the risk paid off. The album debuted at #2, just behind The Killers' wonderful wonderful.
Mack's last album with Lewis, 2016 This Unruly Mess I've Made, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, it fell to #31 in its second week and completely fell off after week seven.
Kevin Gates Finds Redemption
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After initially debuting at #100, Kevin Gates By Any Means 2 has moved up the chart 467 percent of the land in #4. It seems that the currently incarcerated rapper's album was released a little ahead of schedule, causing the first week numbers to reflect only one day of sales. For its first week, the album sold 39,728 total album equivalent units, with 15,036 in pure albums, and a flow count of 33,663,431. No flub, it is likely that Gates would have debuted higher on the chart.
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