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Flatbush Zombies Walk Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Flatbush Zombies 3001: A Laced Odyssey
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Cover art for the album "3001: A Laced Odyssey" by Flatbush Zombies.

Brooklyn rap group Flatbush Zombies bow at No. 2 on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts (dated April 2) with the act’s debut studio album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey (selling 24,000 copies in the week ending March 17, according to Nielsen Music). The album concurrently enters the Billboard 200 at No. 10, with 28,000 equivalent units.

The set was preceded by two mixtapes -- D.R.U.G.S. (released in 2012) and BetterOffDead (2013) -- as well as multiple music videos that have found viral success in recent years. Their clip for “Palm Trees,” for example, has over 17 million global views on YouTube through March 22.The trio, known for often referencing the use of psychedelics, also debuts at No. 41 on the Billboard Artist 100 as a result of activity around the new release.

Gates Gains: Meanwhile, Kevin Gates gets his first top 10 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with “2 Phones,” hopping 11-8 and receiving Greatest Gainer honors (with a 25 percent increase in spins at the format in the week ending March 20).

Streaming of the song reaches a new high, with 11 million U.S. plays reported through the week ending March 17 (a 10 percent rise), aiding in a 5-3 climb on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs while continuing at No. 2 on Rap Streaming Songs for a second week.

Streams Power ‘Promise’: Finally, the release of a music video for Kid Ink’s “Promise,” featuring Fetty Wap, triggers its No. 22 debut on Rap Streaming Songs with 3.8 million weekly streams (up 32 percent). The clip (released on March 14) along with an audio upload on his Vevo on YouTube channel, collected 1.4 million domestic plays during the most recent tracking week, which supports a 26-22 jump on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.


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