ScHoolboy Q Gets #1 Debut On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.05.2014
ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut, Oxymoron has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It sold 139,000 copies. The album was released through Top Dawg Entertainment, and is the first in Q's deal with Interscope. It's the first #1 album for Top Dawg, which previously hit #2 for Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.D city in 2012.
This is also ScHoolboy Q's best selling album. His previous two albums were 2011's Setbacks (17,000) and 2012's Habits & Contradictions (48,000). It's the largest debut for a rap album since Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (which brought in 792,000 on November 10).
Coming in at #3 is Beck with Morning Phase, which sold 87,000 copies. Beck previously hit #2 with 2005's Guero. However, this one sold more than Beck's last album Modern Guilt, which debuted at #4 with 84,000 in 2008. This is Beck's 10th album to chart and fifth top ten.
Kid Cudi is next at #4 with Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon. It is a digital only album that debuted on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon MP3 with very little promotion. It was only available as a full album purchase in its first week. None of the songs were available on their own. This is his fourth album. It was released to other digital retailers on March 3. His 2013 album Indicud debuted and peaked at #2 with 136,000. This is his fourth top ten album.
Romeo Santos debuts at #5 with Formula: Vol. 2, which sold 85,000. It is the biggest sales week for a Latin album since 2006, when RBD's Celestial sold 117,000. The last Latin solo male artist was Daddy Yankee with Barrio Fino: En Directo selling 89,000 copies on the week of December 18, 2005. This is Santos' second top ten album after Formula: Vol. 1, debuted and peaked at #9 in 2011. It's the highest-charting Latin album on the chart since Mana's Drama y Luz debuted and peaked at #5 in 2011.
Dierks Bentley follows at #6 with Riser, which sold 63,000 copies. This is his highest-charting album and best sales week since 2009's Feel That Fire, which debuted and peaked at #3 with 71,000. His bluegrass album Up on the Ridge (#9 in 2010, 39,000) and 2012's Home (#7, 55,000) were released in between. All seven of his albums released after his self-titled debut (which peaked at #26) have hit the top ten.
The final debut this week is The Fray's Helios at #8 with 37,000. This is the band's third top ten album. Their 2012 album, Scars & Stories debuted and peaked at #4 with 87,000.
1. ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron (139,000)
2. Frozen soundtrack (91,000)
3. Beck - Morning Phase (87,000)
4. Kid Cudi - Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon (87,000)
5. Romeo Santos - Formula: Vol . 2 (85,000)
6. Dierks Bentley - Riser (63,000)
7. Eric Church - The Outsiders (43,000)
8. The Fray - Helios (37,000)
9. Now 49 (34,000)
10. Beyonce - Beyonce (32,000)
Album sales totaled 5.1 million units, up 5% compared to last week (4.8 million) and down 13% compared to last year (5.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 42.8 million, down 15% compared with the same total at this point last year (50.4 million).