Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a music chart published weekly by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Luminate. The chart debuted as Hot R&B LPs in the issue dated January 30, 1965, in an effort by the magazine to further expand into the field of rhythm and blues music.[1] It then went through several name changes, being known as Soul LPs in the 1970s and Top Black Albums in the 1980s, before returning to the R&B identification in 1990 and affixing a hip hop designation in 1999 to reflect the latter's growing sales and relationship to R&B during the decade.

From 1965 through 2009, the chart was compiled based on reported sales at a core panel of stores with a "higher-than-average volume" of R&B and/or hip-hop album sales to monitor buying trends of the African-American community. This panel included more independent and smaller chain stores compared to the high percentage of mass merchants that account for overall album sales.[2] The core panel of stores continued to be monitored with the advent of SoundScan technology in the early 1990s but was dissolved at the end of 2009 when the methodology of the chart changed to "recap overall album sales of current R&B/hip-hop titles."[3]

Billboard's respective top R&B and rap albums charts, which respectively rank contemporary R&B and rap albums within their own charting positions, are consolidated into the overall Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[citation needed]

Chart name historyEdit

The chart debuted in 1965 as the Hot R&B LPs. In 1969, Billboard renamed both singles and albums contingents of the R&B charts as Soul charts. In 1978, they were renamed again as Hot Black Singles and Top Black Albums. In 1990, the charts returned to the R&B designation (Top R&B Albums, Hot R&B Singles). In 1999, Billboard renamed them again as Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, in an effort to recognize the growing sales of hip hop music and the genre's influential relationship to contemporary R&B.[4]

Album achievementsEdit

Most weeks in the top ten[5]
Weeks Album Artist
100 My Turn Lil Baby
89 Hollywood's Bleeding Post Malone
77 Stoney
beerbongs & bentleys
76 Thriller Michael Jackson
70 Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon Pop Smoke
64 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
63 The E.N.D. Black Eyed Peas
61 After Hours The Weeknd
59 The Heist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Most weeks on the chart[6]
Weeks Album Artist
268 Take Care Drake
185 Breathless Kenny G
179 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole
175 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem
156 Views Drake
153 Greatest Hits Tupac Shakur
146 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Kendrick Lamar
145 Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd
140 The Eminem Show Eminem
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan

Top Rap AlbumsEdit

Billboard began the Top Rap Albums chart on the weekend of June 26, 2004,[7] although its first publication on print commenced on the week of November 20, 2004.[8] Pop Smoke's posthumous debut, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon holds the record of most weeks at number one on the chart with twenty non-consecutive weeks.[9]

Albums with the most weeks at number oneEdit

Weeks Album Artist Source
20 Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon Pop Smoke [10][9]
19 Recovery Eminem [10]
18 Heroes & Villains Metro Boomin [11]
16 Take Care Drake [12]
14 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Eminem
13 Paper Trail T.I.
The Heist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis [13]
Certified Lover Boy Drake
11 DAMN. Kendrick Lamar [14]
10 The Blueprint 3 Jay-Z

Artists with the most number-one albumsEdit

No. of albums Artist Source
13 Drake [15]
10 Kanye West
8 2Pac [1]
7 Eminem [16][17]
Jay-Z [18]


  1. ^ "Billboard's R&B Section". Billboard. Vol. 77, no. 5. January 30, 1965. p. 14. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "New Store Panel Updates R&B Charts". Billboard. Vol. 116, no. 49. December 4, 2004. p. 16. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (November 17, 2009). "Billboard 200 Undergoes Makeover". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Billboard R&B Charts Get Updated Names". Billboard. December 11, 1999. p. 8. Retrieved May 26, 2020 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Anderson, Trevor (2022-09-29). "Lil Baby's 'My Turn' Hits 100 Weeks in Top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-03-25.
  6. ^ Anderson, Trevor (15 March 2019). "Drake's 'Take Care' Breaks Record for Most Weeks on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Top Rap Albums - Week of June 26, 2004". Billboard. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  8. ^ Mayfield, Geoff (November 20, 2004). "Over the Counter". Billboard. Vol. 116, no. 47. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 81.
  9. ^ a b Anderson, Trevor (2020-11-20). "Pop Smoke's 'Shoot for the Stars' Has Most Weeks at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Since 2012". Billboard. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  10. ^ a b Hamilton, Xavier (Mar 24, 2021). "Pop Smoke's Debut Album Breaks Eminem's Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Top Rap Albums Billboard Chart". Complex. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  11. ^ "Metro Boomin Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  12. ^ Pope, A. (2016). Musical artists capitalizing on hybrid identities: A case study of drake the "Authentic""Black""Canadian""Rapper". Stream: Culture/Politics/Technology, 9(1), 3.
  13. ^ Gray, Geordie (2021-03-25). "Pop Smoke beats Eminem for most weeks spent a #1 on the hip-hop chart". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  14. ^ Bohnett, M. (2019). Centers and Peripheries in the Expression and Enactment of Religion, Sociopolitical Soundscapes, and the Reception of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.
  15. ^ "Drake Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Eminem Scores Historic 10th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Music to Be Murdered By'". Billboard. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  17. ^ "Eminem Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Jay-Z Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 13 February 2020.

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