Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, opens atop the chart. The set sold 33,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Blood Moon is The Game’s sixth straight No. 1 album. He first led the list with his breakthrough smash The Documentary, which ruled for five weeks in 2005.
The Game also rolls in at No. 38 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, with all of his chart points derived from the album’s debut.
Hoodie Allen Arrives: Back on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, The Game edges out Hoodie Allen, who arrives in the No. 2 slot with his first full-length studio effort, People Keep Talking (30,000). He previously hit No. 3 with his All American (EP) in 2012.
As Hoodie Allen has built his fan base through social networks and likely digital-savvy young fans, it’s not surprising to see that 83 percent of his album’s first week are download sales. In comparison, The Game, whose career launched when physical albums were still robust, tallies just 59 percent of his first week from digital sales.
Quik Returns: Rap veteran DJ Quik notches his 12th entry on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the No. 11 debut of The Midnight Life (5,000 sold). Quik arrived on the list back on Feb. 23, 1991 with Quik Is the Name, later peaking at No. 9.
Mila J Makes It: After nearly 20 years in the making, Mila J makes her album chart debut. The artist (who is also a sister of Jhene Aiko) starts at No. 12 on R&B Albums with M.I.L.A. (Made In LA) (EP) (3,000 sold). She debuts after bumping around our songs charts since 1995 as part of the girl group Gyrl and under her own name.
Shmurda Steps In With Second Hit: Hot on the heels of his No. 3 hit “Hot Boy,” Bobby Shmurda jumps on to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 29 with his second hit, “Bobby Bitch.” (It also starts at No. 23 on Hot Rap Songs.)
The debut was driven largely by streams of the track on YouTube, following its audio debut via the network on Oct. 10. It has tallied 2 million global views through Oct. 22. (The new single dropped the same day Shmurda made his network TV debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.)