Dr. Dre soars onto the Aug. 29-dated Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 1 with Compton (276,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 13, according to Nielsen Music), spurring chart activity for several of its tracks. While Dre’s label, Aftermath/Interscope, says there is no official single for the album yet, sales and streaming activity give a glimpse of which cuts are resonating most with fans.
Notable among them: “Medicine Man” (featuring Eminem, Candice Pillay and Anderson Paak), “Genocide” (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius and Pillay), and “Talk About It” (featuring King Mez and Justus).
“Medicine Man” is Dre’s top debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, starting at No. 40 with 911,000 U.S. streams and 18,000 downloads sold. While that song sold the most downloads from Compton, “Genocide” ranks as the most-streamed track from the set (1.1 million); it sold 9,000. “Talk About It” also enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 45 (1 million streams, 13,000 sold).
“Medicine Man” is Dre’s highest-charting track as a lead artist on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since 2002, when “Bad Intentions,” featuring Knoc-‘Turn’ Al, peaked at No. 33.
It appears too soon to tell if a particular Compton track will find footing at radio, although “For the Love of Money” (featuring Jill Scott, Jon Connor and Paak) is the early frontrunner on R&B/hip-hop stations (with a modest 225,000 audience impressions in the tracking week).
Additionally, “Talking To My Diary” is the third biggest seller from the album (13,000), but logged a lesser 680,000 streams.
The unconventional release of Compton — it was announced a week before its release on Aug. 7, and it’s initially exclusively available through iTunes and Apple Music — leaves questions as to whether there will be a traditional single worked to radio or an accompanying music video. For now, the select album cuts mentioned are what we see fans gravitating towards, which could be an indication of which tracks will pull ahead on the charts moving forward.