Projects from Yo Gotti and Young Dolph make their debuts on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart to hold it down for Memphis, Tennessee. BJ The Chicago kid also lands on the list with his first LP, In My Mind, charting at #43. Kevin Gates returns to the Top 10 with Islah. Rihanna, The Weeknd and Bryson Tiller continue to sell.
Yo Gotti Shows The Industry "The Art Of Hustle"
Yo Gotti earns his highest chart position ever with The Art of Hustle. The album lands at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in its first week, selling 61,393 and being streamed more than 14 million times. The Art of Hustle was released through Epic Records. The Memphis rapper's last album, 2013's I Am, peaked at #7.
Kevin Gates Returns To Top 10
After premiering at #2, Kevin Gates' Islah album slid down the charts to #11. But this week, in its fourth week on the list, Islah, the Louisiana rapper's debut album, is back in the Top 10 at #9. It sold 32,107 album equivalent units.
Young Dolph Puts On For Independents With "King Of Memphis"
Young Dolph's independent release King of Memphis, lands at #49 in its first week on the chart. The Memphis rapper has made his name known through mixtapes and hit songs like "Preach" with Zaytoven. The Atlanta producer returns to assist the Paper Route Empire artist in making commercial success.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 02/25/2016
Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard's new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album's streaming count is available in brackets.
#2 Rihanna - ANTI - 79,827 (28,481) [45,014,020]
#4 Yo Gotti - The Art of Hustle - 61,393 (45,101) [14,377,423]
#6 The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness - 40,618 (19,072) [19,865,105]
#9 Kevin Gates - Islah - 32,107 (16,181) [14,909,689]
#10 Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul - 30,907 (9,851) [25,636,843]
#11 G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out - 28,510 (6,291) [20,010,800]
#14 Future - EVOL - 24,243 (6,883) [21,715,627]
#15 Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap - 22,933 (5,019) [16,756,503]
#18 Flo Rida - My House - 21,353 (2,100) [9,229,590]
#20 Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly - 20,991 (14,020) [8,401,199]