Chart Juice: Wale Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
While Wale may have just missed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, where he launches at No. 2, the Washington, D.C., native's sophomore album, "Ambition," debuts at No.1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with opening-week sales of 164,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Ambition" marks Wale's first R&B/Hip-Hop Albums leader. His first studio release, "Attention Deficit," debuted and peaked at No. 3 two years ago this month. That set started on the Billboard 200 at No. 21 with 28,000.
"Ambition" houses Wale's third top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and his second from the album, as the Miguel -assisted "Lotus Flower" blooms 14-9. The song joins Wale's "That Way," featuring Jeremih and Rick Ross, in the top 10 (4-5). Wale notched his first R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 with "No Hands" (No. 2), as a guest, with Roscoe Dash, on Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" last year).
Tyrese comes in right at Wale's heels on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, debuting at No. 2 with his first album in three-and-a-half years, "Open Invitation." The set (28,000 copies) earns Tyrese his highest debut and chart rank ever on the tally.
Additional reporting by Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart manager Karinah Santiago.