G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean and Juicy J‘s new solo albums both made impressive opening week sales chart placement coming just a few notches away from having the top records in the country.
Sean’s Hall of Fame and Juicy’s Stay Trippy both managed to land in the Top 5 this week.
The G.O.O.D. Music MC’s sophomore album Hall of Fame enters at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 72,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales were less than his 2011 debut Finally Famous, which opened at No. 3 with 87,000. Juicy J takes it from the strip clubs to the charts with Stay Trippy. The album, which features the hit “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” comes in at No. 4 with 64,000, marking his best sales week and highest-charting album. The Three 6 Mafia member’s previous best was 2002?s Chronicles of the Juice Man: Underground Album, which peaked at No. 93. (Rap-Up)
Weekend estimates had both albums selling at least 60,000 copies in the first seven days.
YOUR TOP 15: Avenged Sevenfold’s rock assault will rule next week’s chart, so get those leather pants and spiked dog collars out of mothballs. Here’s how it looks headed into the holiday weekend: *Avenged Sevenfold (Warner Bros.) 155-175k Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 95-105k *Big Sean (Def Jam/IDJ) 70-75k Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope) 60-65k *Juicy J (Columbia) 60-65k Justin Timberlake (RCA) 40-45k John Mayer (Columbia) 35-40k *Various: Alabama & Friends (Show Dog) 25-28k TGT (Atlantic) 24-27k Now 47 (UMe) 24-27k Jimmy Buffett (Mailboat) 21-24k Imagine Dragons (KidinaKorner/Interscope) 21-24k Teen Beach (Disney) 21-24k Bruno Mars (Atlantic) 21-24k Jay Z (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation) 21-24k Five Finger Death Punch (Prospect Park) 20-23k Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore) 20-23k (HITS Daily Double)
Last week, Sean spoke out and encouraged fans to pick it up the new LP.
“Love to the real supporters! I wish I could go to all y’all houses and play #HOF wit y’all n kick it n talk about life!!,” Sean tweeted August 26.
“I give so much free music away (like the Detroit mixtape that was really an album, Control, etc). I do this sh*t for the people, for loyalty”
“So if u f*ck w/ me, ride w/ me, seen the vlogs on YouTube, or jus got love for #GOOD music support my new album #HallOfFame dropping tonight” (Big Sean’s Twitter)
A few days ago, Juicy discussed his LP’s delay and acknowledged the importance of selling albums.
“I wanted to make sure the album was dope and gave fans what they wanted,” Juicy said referring to the LP’s delay. “I just didn’t want to rush it, I’ve been doing this for a minute, feel me? … [Album sales?] I do care. But I don’t know, nobody ever really knows, man. Of course I’m an artist and I’ve been doing this for years, I always care about my album sales. D*mn right.” (“The Breakfast Club”)