*TGT – the R&B super-trio featuring Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Three Kings,” moving 76,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The set’s impressive debut was bolstered by lead single “Sex Never Felt Better,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Adult R&B chart in May, and follow-up “I Need,” which is currently climbing that chart and reaches a new peak of No. 15 this week. Watch the video below.
Collectively, the trio has placed 30 titles on the Adult R&B ranking, with 13 reaching the top 10 and four (two each by the two T’s) reaching No. 1, according to Billboard.
Individually, each of the group’s artists has had plentiful success on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Below is a breakdown of how the artists stack up against each other in terms of top 10s, No. 1s, cumulative sales and biggest albums.
Total No. 1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Tank – 3
Ginuwine – 2
Tyrese – 0
Total Top 10 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Ginuwine – 6
Tank – 5
Tyrese – 5
In terms of total album sales, Ginuwine has shifted the most, with 6.98 million, while Tyrese has moved 3.69 million. Tank has sold 1.76 million albums. Ginuwine’s best seller is 1999′s “100% Ginuwine,” with 2 million; while Tyrese’s self-titled 1999 debut is his biggest, with 1.3 million. Tank’s “Force of Nature,” released in 2001, is his largest seller, with 775,000.
Entering just below TGT at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is “Doris,” the debut album from Earl Sweatshirt, with 49,000 copies. The 19-year old rapper is a member of Los Angeles’ Odd Future collective, which now has taken six albums to the top 10 of the list. “Wolf,” the sophomore set from de facto crew leader Tyler, the Creator, was the last Odd Future-connected album to debut, bowing at No. 1 on April 20th with 89,000.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” slips 2-3 with a 5% decline to 46,000 while A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord” opens at No. 4 with 32,000 copies. The Harlem fashion designer-turned-rapper belongs to the A$AP Mob, also home to A$AP Rocky and his No.1-debuting “Long.Live.A$AP” (139,000 first-week copies on Feb. 2nd). Ferg’s first single, “Work,” peaked at No. 30 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, thanks in part to its remix featuring French Montana, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky. Follow-up single “Shabba,” also featuring Rocky, reaches a new peak of No. 40 in its third week on the list.
Closing out the top five of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” sliding 3-5 with a 21% drop to 30,000. Last week’s No. 1, K. Michelle’s “Rebellious Soul,” falls to No. 6 thanks to the three big debuts and its 69% fall to 23,000 copies.
Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke sets a new personal longest run atop the chart with “Blurred Lines” ruling for 12 consecutive weeks. His previous best was 11 weeks with “Lost Without U” in 2007. Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” stays put at No. 2 but could challenge Robin Thicke’s run next week. “Holy Grail’s” music video premiered today (Aug. 29), which could earn the song further streaming points, enabling it to overtake “Blurred” at No. 1.