With 139,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, ScHoolboy Q's major label debut "Oxymoron" opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and instantly outsells his first two releases combined.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis now have another achievement to tuck under their belts: their breakout smash "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, is the top song in the 25-year history of the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart.
As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart, which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Rap Songs artists, the artists with the most No. 1s, the artists with the most top 10s, and more.
"Game Of Thrones"’ third season solidified the fantasy drama status as HBO's second most-watched series of all time (next to "The Sopranos"). But to draw even more viewers in time for the April 6 premiere of the show’s fourth season, HBO has tapped 10 rappers for a hip-hop and reggaeton mixtape, "Catch The Throne," for original songs inspired by the series and its themes of battles and power struggles.
Rick Ross is on course for his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rap king's just-released set, "Mastermind," may sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 9 (so say industry forecasters).
Pharrell Williams' "Happy" may not have won best original song honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), but the jubilant track remains atop of the Billboard Hot 100 after reaching the summit last week. The song additionally ascends to No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart.