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Logic's 'Incredible True Story' Crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Logic 'The Incredible True Story'
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Logic 'The Incredible True Story'

Logic bows at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Dec. 5), earning the rapper his first chart-topper as his sophomore studio album, The Incredible True Story¸ opens with 118,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music. Over on the Billboard 200 it starts at No. 3 with 135,000 equivalent album units.

The rapper surpasses the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums entrance of his debut album, Under Pressure, which opened at No. 2 on the chart with 73,000 copies (Nov. 8, 2014).

True Story is a concept album (subtitled …And the Transformation of the Man Who Saved the World), which takes place 100 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic voyage to a new planet (called Paradise).

Two songs from the set enter Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, led by “Fade Away,” which arrives at No. 44 with the majority of contributing points coming from 1.9 million weekly streams -- with 56 percent stemming from Spotify plays. The second song to debut on the list is “I Am The Greatest,” just barely making the bottom of the chart at No. 50 with 1.7 million streams backing its entry.

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Both album tracks mark Logic’s first and second titles to ever appear on the hybrid chart, which blends airplay, sales, and streaming.

Logic returns to the Billboard Artist 100 chart, which measures the week's most popular artists, amid activity surrounding the release of True Story.

Jeezy’s ‘Church’ Arrives: Rapper Jeezy takes the second highest entrance on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his 11th charted set, Church In These Streets bowing at No. 2 (98,000 copies sold). Album track “Sweet Life,” with Janelle Monae, reaches a new peak on Mainstream R&B Hip-Hop -- stepping 36-35 in its third week on the chart (despite a four percent dip in spins at the format).

Church follows Jeezy’s set Seen It All: The Autobiography, which became his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Sept. 20, 2014), when it started atop the list with 121,000 copies.

Jeezy re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 at No. 11.