Pusha T Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Kate Glicksberg
Pusha T photographed in New York City

Virginia rapper Pusha T scores his first top 10 album as a solo artist as “My Name is My Name” opens at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The set moved 75,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pusha is half of rap duo the Clipse which posted four top 10s during the 2000s, including the act’s chart-topping debut “Lord Willin’” in 2002.
Impressively, the initial sales week of “My Name is My Name” beats all but three weeks of the Clipse’s best frames -- 122,000 and 79,000 with “Lord Willin’” in that set’s first two weeks and 78,000 with “Hell Hath No Fury” in its debut week in 2006.
Above Pusha T’s debut, Drake’s “Nothing was the Same” returns to No. 1 for a second week with 83,000 copies (down 44%). Below it, last week’s chart-topper, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2),” lands at No. 3 after an 80% drop to 70,000.
Entering at No. 4 this week is Danny Brown’s “Old” which debuts with 15,000 units. The Detroit rapper first gained national attention in 2011 when he signed with Fool’s Gold Records and released his critically acclaimed mix tape “XXX.” On Nov. 19 of that year, Brown made his first appearance on the chart alongside Black Milk with their joint album “Black and Brown!,” which debuted and peaked at No. 74 with 1,000 units.
Closing out the top five of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is John Legend’s “Love in the Future” shooting 10-5 in its sixth week with a 3% rise to 12,000. Lyfe Jennings also makes a splash on the chart with his fifth studio album “Lucid” debuting at No. 8 with 9,000. All five of his studio releases reached the chart’s top 10 including No. 1s “The Phoenix” and “Lyfe Change,” which each opened at the top in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His last set, 2010’s “I Still Believe,” debuted at No. 3 with 36,000.
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” reigns for a third consecutive week while Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” reclaim the Nos. 2 and 3 positions as well. Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23” returns to its peak position with 5-4 step displacing Eminem’s “Berzerk” 4-5.
Speaking of Eminem, his latest single “Survival” is this week’s Hot Shot Debut, coming in at No. 6. The track sold 112,000 first-week downloads, enough for a No. 2 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. The song was first released on Aug. 14 to promote Activision’s “Call of Duty: Ghosts” video game but will also be featured on his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” due Nov. 5.
California rapper YG scores his first top 10 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “My Hitta,” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, catapulting 23-7 and earning Digital and Streaming gainer awards in its third week. Digitally, it rises 121% to 63,000 downloads, and streaming-wise increases 238% to 3.3 million domestic streams. Even on-air, it grows 16% to 2.4 million listener impressions in the Oct. 9-15 tracking week.

Chris Brown’s “Love More” (7-8) and J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” (8-9) each fall one position while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” (10-10) rounds out the top 10 for a second week in a row.