Macklemore's 'Gemini' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart
Plus, Khalid scores his third top 10 this year on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Macklemore’s Gemini storms to No. 1 debuts on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts (dated Oct. 14), kicking off with 51,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 28, according to Nielsen Music. The set is the rapper’s second solo release and first in more than 12 years since 2005’s The Language of My World, which never charted.
In between those projects, Macklemore’s career took off, of course, as one-half of the duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The pair rocketed to fame with 2012’s The Heist, which crowned both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums and contained the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” The collaborators returned last year with This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which likewise topped both aforementioned album charts.
One more note on Gemini -- thanks to the album’s arrival, two of its tracks earn noteworthy mentions on the Hot Rap Songs chart: “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey) charges from No. 21 to a new peak of No. 12 while “Good Old Days” (featuring Kesha) debuts at No. 22.
Gates Gains: Kevin Gates’ By Any Means 2 surges 50-3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in its first full tracking week, netting 40,000 equivalent album units. The set arrived on the list last week after its Sept. 21 release contributed one day of tracking activity to the previous week’s chart.
The album’s 47-position jump -- on the 50-position chart -- is the biggest upward ascent for any title in a single week since Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 raced 67-1 in its second week on the chart, back in November 2013 (when the chart was 75-positions deep).
Means grants Gates his fifth top five set on the list, following predecessors By Any Means (No. 5 in 2014), Luca Brasi 2: A Gangsta Grillz Special Edition (No. 5, 2015), his debut studio album Islah (No. 2, 2016) and Murder for Hire (No. 3, 2016).
On Top Rap Albums, Means blasts in at No. 3 as well and collects his sixth top 10 set. Among them is a lone No. 1 – Islah, which held the spot for one week upon its chart debut in February 2016.
The track marks the third career top 10 for the breakout R&B star after “Location” peaked at No. 8 in May and Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” on which Khalid features, holds at No. 3 this week (and previously reached No. 2). The “Young” move also makes Khalid the first act to score his first three top 10s all in the same calendar year since Fetty Wap posted a hat trick of “Trap Queen” (No. 2), “My Way,” featuring Monty (No. 5) and “679,” featuring Remy Boyz (No. 3) in 2015.