Rauly Ramirez

Rauly Ramirez is Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart manager and writer of the weekly Chart Juice. Before joining Billboard in 2009, Rauly worked at Nielsen BDS for two years following internships at Island Def Jam, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.

Inside Vulfpeck’s Brilliant Spotify Stunt

Inside Vulfpeck’s Brilliant Spotify Stunt

If you happen to notice your Spotify activity window flooded with plays of Vulfpeck’s latest album “Sleepify,” it is not because of how good the songs are -- as a matter of fact, the 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based funk troupe is using Spotify’s royalty-payment system to fund (and even plot the course of) its upcoming Sleepify Tour.
Rick Ross is Boss on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Debuts

Rick Ross is Boss on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Debuts

Despite an underperforming first single and a back-to-the-drawing-board delay, Rick Ross' "Mastermind" beats out Pharrell's "G I R L" to open atop the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 179,000 copies sold in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
ScHoolboy Q Debuts Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

ScHoolboy Q Debuts Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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.

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