Album Charts: Indies Make Splash On Billboard 200 (Cool Kids, MellowHype & Trae Tha Truth)

The Cool Kids - When Fish Ride Bicycles coverart

The Cool Kids - When Fish Ride Bicycles coverartCountry singer Blake Shelton takes the #1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200, while Beyonce, Bad Meets Evil, and the usual suspects continue to move units.

However, new debuts from The Cool Kids, OFWGKTA’s MellowHype, Cali Swag District, and Trae The Truth open outside the top tier of the ranks.

Last week’s #1, Beyonce’s 4, falls to #5 this week with 72,000, as the album nears gold sales; Bad Meets Evil’s (Eminem and Royce Da 5’9) land at #11 with 30,000 units; Jill Scott’s Light of the Sun comes in at #14 with 21,000; and Big Sean’s Finally Famous: The Album comes in at #18 with 18,000.

Outside the top 20, The Cool Kids debut at #75 with their long-delayed debut, When Fish Ride Bicycles, selling 6,500 copies. The project was released through Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound label, and features guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, Bun B, and Travis Parker.

A few spots after the Kids is the second OFWGKTA retail release, MellowHype’s Blackenedwhite, scoring a #80 opening with 6,200 copies sold. The indie album was originally released in October 2010, and features Odd Future frontman Tyler The Creator and the crew’s crooner Frank Ocean.

Inglewood’s Cali Swag District debuts at #170 with their debut, Kickback. The project sold just 2,800 copies. The release follows the tragic murder group member, M-Bone, a month earlier.

Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth’s Street King came in at #183 with 2,600 units scanned. It features appearances from The Game, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa and Jadakiss, among others. Its his first new first studio album release since 2008’s The Beginning.

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According to, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 17) totaled 5.61 million units, up 5% compared to the sum last week (5.34 million) and up 8% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.21 million).

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