9:09 pm - 07/14/2013

Rap's History-Making Week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart

For the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's history, rap albums have held down the top three spots in three successive weeks.

J. Cole's "Born Sinner" is No. 1 this week, followed by Wale's "The Gifted" and Kanye West's "Yeezus" at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. A week ago, the order was: Wale, Cole and West. And, the week before that: West, Cole and Mac Miller (with his "Watching Movies With the Sound Off").

There have been two previous times when we've had two consecutive weeks where the top three were all rap albums.

It last happened on the July 13-20, 2002 charts, when Nelly's "Nellyville," Eminem's "The Eminem Show" and Nas' "God's Favorite" ruled at Nos. 1-3 (July 13). It was immediately followed by Nelly, Eminem and the compilation "Irv Gotti Presents The Inc" (July 20).

Before that, the feat last happened on Oct. 17-24, 1998. Jay-Z's "Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life" led in both weeks, with OutKast's "Aquemini" and A Tribe Called Quest's "The Love Movement" rounding out the top three on Oct. 17. The next week, Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and Bizzy Bone's "Heaven'z Movie" were Nos. 2 and 3.

Speaking of Jay-Z ... His latest album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," should easily top next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the set to debut with 475,000 to 500,000 sold in the week ending July 14. It will give Jay-Z his lucky 13th No. 1, extending his record for the most chart-toppers among solo artists.

If he tops the list -- which is pretty much a certainty -- he'll mark another bit of chart history: It will be the first time that four different rap albums have consecutively spent their initial week at No. 1. We last had three in a row between Sept. 3-24, 2011. That's when Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne," the Game's "The R.E.D. Album" and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" all consecutively spent their initial weeks at No. 1.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, July 17.

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baby_phat_honne 14th-Jul-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
I ammesmerized by this gif, what is going on?
harlighquinn 14th-Jul-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
chibik3r0 14th-Jul-2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
People dancing on a bandstand and it collapses...
fancycarousel 14th-Jul-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
omg that gif
supernoriko 14th-Jul-2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
i know its not funny but you can't help but gigglePlease Visit!Please Visit!Please Visit!Please Visit!
phillymademe 14th-Jul-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
omg that gif :O
degele 14th-Jul-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
finally, some decent music on these charts
prophecypro 15th-Jul-2013 06:00 am (UTC)
where? lol most of these joint have been dissappointments
tw_31988 14th-Jul-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
in b4 the 10374308947123047012 comments about the gif.
urbasicbye 14th-Jul-2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
sviibwhapp 14th-Jul-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what gif everyone is talking about. I don't see any gif in the post or comments
ctfobro 14th-Jul-2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
only cool ppl can see it, sry
ctfobro 14th-Jul-2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
J cole is so fking ugly
harlighquinn 14th-Jul-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
you probably think Macklemore is attractive.
ctfobro 14th-Jul-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
no, bitch
blumeii 14th-Jul-2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
girl j. cole looks like simba and macklemore looks inbred. its all just wrong.
fireprince 14th-Jul-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
I agree!
keeni84 14th-Jul-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
You think anybody died in that gif? I could imagine a few people may have been crushed to death.
heavy_burtation 14th-Jul-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing. In that wedding reception collapse 23 ppl were killed but iirc they were on the 4th floor or something.
heavy_burtation 14th-Jul-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
Okay what is that gif? It reminds me of that video of the floor collapsing at that wedding reception in Israel
milastalens 14th-Jul-2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know the story behind that gif, but I know I'll probably go to hell for laughing. I hope no one got hurt.
zombieland 14th-Jul-2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
lol mte
whynewton 14th-Jul-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
I will be joining you. Mainly because of the guy just walking by in the end. I don't know why. O.o
dzwxq 15th-Jul-2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
zombieland 14th-Jul-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)

Yas! I've been waiting for R&B and HipHop to make a proper comeback in the mainstream for years. Excited that the electro dance pop trend finally has lost its steam
euphaeidae 14th-Jul-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Where is this gif from? omg
kenyawest 14th-Jul-2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
yeee get it, hip hop! although truthfully i like 2012's rap albums more than those from this year. and i'm stoked for schoolboy q and big sean to finally fucking release their albums.
hahahey 14th-Jul-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
big sean though
kenyawest 14th-Jul-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
haha ok i know BUT did you hear his detroit mixtape? it's solidddd. so i'm hoping his album will come close to it.
prophecypro 15th-Jul-2013 06:02 am (UTC)
Kendrick Lamar and Nas' albums from last year>>>>>These albums
igot99problems 14th-Jul-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
except fuck Mac millers involvement in this
piratesswoop 15th-Jul-2013 12:15 am (UTC)
igot99problems 15th-Jul-2013 05:17 am (UTC)
Lmao [2]
saintssin 14th-Jul-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
You just hated on the best album on the list, likely because you dislike Mac's previous work.

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