A$AP Rocky Bows At No. 1
Harlem MC A$AP Rocky debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart with his debut studio effort Long.Live.A$AP. Originally forecasted for a bow of around 130,000 copies, that forecast was amended to 140,000 copies. Ultimately, the Polo Grounds/RCA release sold a respectable 139,000 copies. Long.Live.A$AP has the benefit of Top 20 Hot 100 Hit “F**kin Problems” featuring 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar supporting it, a solid showing for a rap cut.
How does Rocky’s numbers (which rappers are always rapping about if you’ve never noticed in their lyrics) stand compared to other rap bows as of late? Well Kendrick Lamar fared better despite debuting at no. 2 (241,000 copies) with good Kid m.A.A.d City. Meek Mill also fared better bowing at no. 2 with 165,000 copies. 2 Chainz debuted at no. 1 with Based on a T.R.U. Story (147,000 copies) while underrated Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. bowed at no. 5 (41,000 copies). For January 2013, 139,000 copies is sound, particularly when the no. 2 album sells much less than that.
Kidz Bop 23 bows at no. 2 with 78,000 copies which according to billboard.com is the franchise’s largest showing in years. Subtract 78K from 139K and what do you get? A 61K copy difference between albums no. 1 and no. 2. In other words, A$AP Rocky was a lock for no. 1.
Chris Plummets… Big (Really Big…Like 78% Big)
As for the rest of the top 10, well it’s relatively boring. Some folks we’ve heard from for sometime including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, The Lumineers, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, and a return to the top 10 for Phillip Phillips. But one note, billboard.com reports that last week’s no. 1, Chris Tomlin‘s Burning Lights takes a steep fall from grace – no pun intended. How far does it fall? Oh a modest tumble from no. 1 to no. 22. Kind of like being ranked no. 1 at the beginning of the season and then becoming unranked… Worse is the 78% drop… so from 73,000 to about 17,000? Ewwww! as Lucy would say…
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis No. 1 on Hot 100
After six weeks of locking down the top spot with “Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars has been dethroned from his perch by rap act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz tops the Hot 100, along with numerous other charts. According to Billboard.com, it is the first rap act to peak at the penthouse since a little tune called “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa. I’m sure rap artists are probably upset about hearing that tidbit – I would be. It took a left-field smash to top the billboard Hot 100. The street tracks, the archetypical bravado and such is just not doing it. I’m sure Chief Keef would say “That’s that $h*t I don’t like…” Oh well, believe it, it’s reality.
ANYWAYS, If you remember, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis’s album The Heist already shocked the industry by landing at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 78,000 copies sold its first week. Now it continues to shock by garnering a no. 1 single. Indeed, “This is f****** awesome,” as the hook of the ultra catchy, novel tune suggests. What better to celebrate Macklemore’s recent engagement to long-time girlfriend than a no. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo has officially made charting history. No shame in that right?
“Suit & Tie” Gains Big
Also, what about my boy Justin (Timberlake not Bieber)? He show us a few things by moving from a bow at no. 84 all the way to no. 4. Now that’s big ballin’. I guess that “Suit & Tie” $h*t really worked for the pop singer. I guess he’s a pop singer, but I’ve always considered him ‘urban’ generally. But then again, how can you not have soul if you are from Memphis, TN? Just sayin’.
And that song by Taylor Swift about boys is still going strong (“I Knew You Were Trouble”). It continues to be stuck in our heads, much to our chagrin… “Trouble, trouble, trouble! ”
Gary Allan Headed to No. 1
Country singer Gary Allan could be no. 1 next week with his newest set, Set You Free selling somewhere between 80,000 and 90,000 copies according to Billboard.com