This week marked the first week with the new Billboard 200 regulations, which has streams & TEA being included in to the weekly Billboard 200 albums chart. For “urban” and rhythmic releases, new releases this week came from Eminem & Shady Records, Beyonce, & Rick Ross.
Eminem‘s new compilation album with his record label, Shady XV, debuted at #3 on the charts with 148,000 units (138,000 album sales). This is the lowest selling album in Em’s discography, solo or compilation. The album did not really have any standouts, so I am not surprised.
Rick Ross‘ second retail album release of the year, Hood Billionaire, debuts at #6 with 79,000 units (74,000 album sales). The album featured little promotion and like stated, was his second album of the year, so the lowish numbers aren’t surprising. This is still arguably my favorite Rozay album, though.
Beyonce‘s platinum edition of her self-titled album was also released last week, and it performed fairly well. It debuted at #8 with 71,000 units (43,000 album sales), which is solid for an EP of two new songs and remixes. Her self-titled album rose from 199-39 this week, with a 713% increase in album sales.