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

Ramona Rosales

Schoolboy Q photographed at The Loew's New Orleans Hotel on February 15, 2014

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.

Both 2011's "Setbacks" and 2012's "Habits and Contradictions" debuted and peaked at No. 25 on the list with 4,000 copies and have gone on to sell 17,000 and 48,000 units, respectively. As independent releases under Top Dawg Entertainment, neither set had a radio hit, although the A$AP Rocky-assisted "Hands on the Wheel," a fan-favorite from "Habits," has sold 212,000 downloads. 

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"Oxymoron," on the other hand, boasts two radio shakers on its tracklist: Lead single "Collard Greens" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) peaked at No. 18 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop in November and has sold 359,000 while follow-up "Man of the Year" is pacing up the chart, reaching the new peak of No. 24. 

Q's guest spot on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "White Walls" (also featuring Hollis) helped expand his profile as well with a No. 3 peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in December. It has been downloaded 1.4 million times.

ScHoolboy Q's No. 1 debut keeps Kid Cudi from posting a third consecutive chart-topper on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "KiD CuDi Presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon" opens at No. 2 with 87,000 copies. It is Cudi's fourth appearance on the list behind "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" (No. 5 peak, 2009), "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" (No. 1, 2010) and "Indicud" (No. 1, 2013). "SATELLITE FLIGHT" was a Beyonce-esque release with little advance warning and only available digitally on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon MP3. Also like Bey's latest, the set could only be purchased as a full album with none of its tracks available individually.

Speaking of "Beyonce," it falls 1-3 on the list (due to the new entries) with a 9% decline to 32,000. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" slides 3-4 with a 6% drop to 18,000 and Toni Braxton & Babyface's duet set "Love, Marriage and Divorce" dips 2-5 with 15,000 (down 26%) to close out the top five.


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