Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

Mason Poole

Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set.

As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29.

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Beyonce's self-titled set, which appeared out of thin air when it was released last December, stands as the best selling R&B/hip-hop album of the year. With 702,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SounsScan, the album is a quarter-million units ahead of the year’s second-biggest set, Pharrell Williams' "GIRL" (452,000). "Beyonce" spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, while Williams occupied the position three times.

"Beyonce" is 2014's only R&B/hip-hop album that has sold 500,000 units, compared to the previous two years where three titles surpassed the half million mark by mid-year.

"GIRL" spawned the year's top R&B/Hip-Hop digital song, "Happy," which has sold over 5.6 million downloads and spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Williams is nearly 1.8 million downloads ahead of the second biggest R&B/hip-hop seller, John Legend's "All Of Me," (3.9 million). "Happy" currently stands as the top-selling digital song of 2014 across all genres.

The third-biggest R&B/hip-hop album of the year, and top rap set, belongs to Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," having moved 414,000 copies. Debuting at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums last year, "MMLP2" became the hip-hop veteran's eighth consecutive No. 1. It has sold a total of 2.1 million copies since its release last November.

Eminem also claims a spot on the most downloaded R&B/hip-hop songs of the year, coming in at No. 7 with "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, selling 1.3 million digital songs.

19.13 million R&B/hip-hop albums have been sold in 2014 -- down 19 percent versus the 23.7 million sold a year ago. As for digital song sales, 124.55 million have been sold, down 9 percent compared to the 136.74 million last year at this point point.

Mid-Year 2014
Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Year To Date
 ArtistTitleYr to Date Sales
2Pharrell Williams"GIRL"452,000
3Eminem"The Marshall Mathers LP 2"419,000
4Rick Ross"Mastermind"362,000
5Michael Jackson"Xscape"339,000
6John Legend"Love In The Future"298,000
7Schoolboy Q"Oxymoron"278,000
8Drake"Nothing Was the Same"242,000
9Justin Timberlake"The 20/20 Experience"224,000
10Toni Braxton & Babyface"Love, Marriage & Divorce"211,000
SOURCE: Nielsen SoundScan, year to date sales through the week ending June 29
Mid-Year 2014
Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, Year To Date
 ArtistTitleYr to Date Sales
1Pharrell Williams"Happy"5,633,000
2John Legend"All Of Me"3,854,000
3Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz"Talk Dirty"3,657,000
4Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX"Fancy"2,533,000
5Aloe Blacc"The Man"2,263,000
6Beyonce feat. Jay Z"Drunk In Love"1,441,000
7Eminem feat. Rihanna"The Monster"1,333,000
8Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg"Wiggle"1,058,000
9Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown"Show Me"1,041,000
10Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & French Montana or Too $hort or Tyga"Loyal"887,000
SOURCE: Nielsen SoundScan, year to date sales through the week ending June 29

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