The Numbers Are In! Future Flies, But Remy Ma, Fat Joe, & Jidenna Denied Top 20 Spots

Published: Friday 24th Feb 2017 by Sam

Future may have lawsuits and baby mama drama, but musically he’s winning.

The tally has been counted for last week’s new releases and the Rap star has come up on top.

His numbers, as well as those of Remy Ma, Fat Joe, and Jidenna, await below…

Released with 48 hours notice, Future’s self-titled album will open at #1 on the Billboard 200 with a Sales Plus Streaming figure of 139,338. On the pure sales front, the father of five remains atop with 56,865 units sold; meaning well over 50% of his final SPS number was sourced from on-demand streams.

If only streaming could have served as the saving grace of two of the week’s other notable Urban releases…


Powered by the Platinum certified ‘All The Way Up,’ Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s joint effort ‘Plato O Plomo’ debuts disappointedly at #44 on the SPS count. Its combined numbers on that chart came in at 11,158. As for the project’s pure sales debut, that figure sat at a shocking 7,978. Although, this was enough to lift its placing on sales-only chart to #25.

The sole caveat here, however, is that the album was released independently. Hence, a higher slice of the returns go directly to the artist.

One does have to wonder, though. With such low numbers, plus a presumed 50/50 split between Remy and Joe, how much – if anything – is left?


Elsewhere, Jidenna’s overdue debut ‘The Chief’ opens at #14 with 14,347 SPS. Its pure sales (8,655) sees the Epic Records artist sit at #24 – one spot above Remy and Joe on the sales-only chart.

Its 2017 release has confused some, given the 2015 omnipresence of his break-out hit ‘Classic Man.’


Two things are abundantly clear from this week’s numbers.

The first is that streaming is, at this junction, an undeniable vehicle to success – especially for acts whose sales fuel is in limited supply (see: Future). Any artist ill-equipped on the streaming front will more than likely suffer the consequences.
Just ask Remy, Joe, and Jidenna – all of whom released great bodies of work, but have fallen victim to changing consumption patterns and…

Ill-advised release dates.

In keeping it 100, ‘Plato O Plomo’ should have dropped during the window ‘All The Way Up’ was on fire. While ‘The Chief’ almost seemed destined to this fate when a 2016 release did not take place. Extending the ‘Classic Man’ momentum one year was pushing it, but almost two? That’s trying it.

In any case, enough of the ranting.

Rashad‘s in-depth Chart-Check on all of the week’s movers and shakers is coming shortly. Pending then, what are…

Your thoughts?

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  1. ShakaZulu February 24, 2017

    Future could had just put together one album cause both of them are full of fillers and talking about a whole bunch of nothing

  2. yisi February 24, 2017

    All that damn hype she gets and less people who stay on my block brought that album. Wow! Man album sales are dead??? Less than 10K is terrible
    Less than 70K in actual sells to become #1 is heartbreaking. This is going to be another dismal album sells year.

    • Truth(yaaasss honey) February 25, 2017


    • Truth(yaaasss honey) February 25, 2017


  3. Elsie February 24, 2017

    Black artist can’t sell no more

    • Bey Sting February 24, 2017

      Stop there!!!!!!!!! Cheaply produced black artists can’t sell. Maxwell and his peers are doing just fine.

  4. LmfaoHoe February 24, 2017

    This is a damn shame. The industry has hit such a f****** low. To think I use to witness R&B and hiphop artists going gold, platinum or more like nothing in the 90s and 80s. Smh such a sad era for music where talentless, models wit mic, basic b****** have been given such a platform. We need a resolution * Aaliyah voice. Real Rappers, Artists, Vocalist, and importantly musicians need to be back at the Forefront of music.

  5. TheTruth February 24, 2017

    I noticed this blog didn’t mention R&B legend Charlie Wilson coming in at #4 with 51K sooo yeahhh people still BUY music maybe not as many. I understand he’s not that “POPular” in your eyes. With numbers like that in R&B he deserved a spot in the mentions!

    Congrats Charlie Wilson! Hardly no promo and no streaming deals and STILL made the top 5 over 50K in sales higher than many CURRENT R&B acts now.

  6. Kwinzy February 24, 2017

    The industry is WACK. People esp this trap generation don’t care about lyricism, quality or real hip hop. anymore. I copped both Jidenna’s and Rems & Joes albums and was impressed. To Remy haters you gotta understand she’s still building buzz for her solo album. I want her to show everybody she dont need a pop hit to survive in this watered down industry. Fat Joe ain’t the answer as big as ATWU was. Less Joe, more Rem.

  7. #byeremy February 24, 2017

    Remys talent is undeniable but she is so ratchet. That whole album she’s firing shots at Nicki. Now remy can stfu talking she the queen coming for her crown back cos real queens don’t open at 44 ?

    • Kwinzy February 24, 2017

      Another Nicki can s*** on every female rapper but it’s wrong for them to fire back hypocritie ass barb. Nothing new here…

  8. Stephy February 24, 2017

    Po’thangs, the industry is so dead sales wise…. Well, except for Adele & Taylor.

  9. #TeamTinashe Stan February 24, 2017

    OH YUCK!
    I knew this weeks sales for Fat Joe & Remy Ma weren’t going to be good but I didn’t think it was going to be that BAD!

    I’ve been seeing around from people saying that “106 & Park” should come back. I actually agree with this notion as the music industry as a whole has lost TV presence in favor of reality shows (which I think is becoming redundant). It is very clear that R&B & Hip Hop need a platform on TV to add more awareness and hopefully more drive in the sales department.

  10. Chillitsjustpizza February 24, 2017

    Fat Joe and Remy did good for independent but the album should have came out right after all the way up.

  11. Danzou February 25, 2017

    Aye y’all Google “queen of rap”

  12. Mememe February 25, 2017

    Yeah! Classic man was good but he took too long to drop an album. Hopefully he will be able to tour and promote this album. I want the guy to win.

  13. @ASAPicon February 26, 2017

    Jidenna truly TRIED IT! Artists should be prepared to release a hot album right after a HOT hit, in which he had 2 years ado with “Classic Man”…. because chawlllll

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