Justin Timberlake continues at No. 1 as Tyga's "Hotel California" bows with 54,000 copies sold.
Another challenger for No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, another victory for Justin Timberlake. Though Tyga’s latest offering, “Hotel California,” opens with 54,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), it wasn’t enough to bar “The 20/20 Experience” from posting a fourth week atop the list (98,000 copies, down 30%). Tyga's Young Money/Cash Money effort settles for a No. 2 debut. Timberlake’s comeback album has now thwarted otherwise-No. 1 debuts from Tyga as well as Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator.
Nonetheless, the Young Money West Coast representative now boasts two top five albums on the chart, following his major label debut, “Careless World: Rise of the Last King,” which did open at No. 1 with 61,000 copies in 2012. His independent debut set “No Introduction” entered and peaked at No. 25 with just over 1,000 first-week copies in 2008.
Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” retains the No. 3 position with 42,000 copies (down 38%) as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” is steady at No. 4 with 26,000 (down 2%). Rounding out the top five is last week’s Hot Shot Debut, Tyler, the Creator’s “Wolf,” falling 2-5 with 79% decline to 18,000 copies.