It’s Usher who tops the charts this week, while Waka Flocka, Kid Ink and Stevie Stone also make their presences felt on the Billboard 200.
Usher secured his fourth #1 album on the chart this week with Looking 4 Myself, which sold 128,000 copies to start, led by its lead single “Climax,” sitting in its ninth straight week at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The LP follows 2010’s Raymond v Raymond, which also launched at #1, but with bigger sales. It started with 329,000. Looking also registers Usher’s smallest first-week sales for a regular studio album since the singer’s 1997 My Way, bowing at 67,000.
Later down the line is Waka Flocka Flame’s sophomore album, Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family, rounding out the top 10 at #10 with 33,000. The LP boasts guests such as Drake, Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj. Waka’s first set, 2010’s Flockaveli, debuted and peaked at #6 with a 37,000 start.
The last debut within the top 20 comes to 2012 XXL Freshman Class honoree Kid Ink. The L.A. rapper’s official debut, Up & Away, opens at #20 with 20,000 sold in its first week. The project is free of guest features and boasts production from the likes of Tnyce & Backpack, The Amazinz and Ned Cameron. It also features the hit single, “Time Of Your Life.”
Outside the top tier, we see a new album from Strange Music signee Stevie Stone.
His album, Tech N9ne Presents: Rollin’ Stone, opened at #73, selling 6,600 copies in its first week. It’s Stone’s third studio LP, following his sophomore album The New Kid Comin in 2009. It features Yelawolf, Kutt Calhoun and former Ruthless label-mate Hopsin.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 17) totaled 5.81 million units, up 10% compared with the sum last week (5.26 million) and down 8% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.30 million).