June 18 was a Super Tuesday for hip-hop, with new albums from Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all going on sale that day.
At the present, West's new "Yeezus" album is selling strongly -- though not quite as brisk as anticipated. Industry sources forecast that the set could sell 360,000 to 380,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 23. That's off from the 500,000 that some prognosticators had forecast on June 14. (But, as has been noted before -- it is often difficult to predict what an album will sell before it's released.)
West's last solo album, 2010's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 496,000 sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its sales were boosted by its release during Thanksgiving week of that year -- when Christmas gift shopping kicks into high gear.