Lil Kim Albums Miss Out On Billboard Charts Despite Miraculous iTunes Resurgence

Published: Sunday 19th Aug 2018 by David

Something very interesting happened on iTunes last week.

What it was? Well, after watching all of the releases Lil’ Kim launched following her departure from Atlantic Records sink commercially, last week saw a number of the brilliant performer’s older material make a miraculous return and soar into the iTunes Albums Chart.

Interesting, as all of this happened in the same week her nemesis Nicki Minaj dropped her latest album ‘Queen.’

Only right then, with her digital gains in mind, that Kim fans expect the LPs to move enough units to make major waves on the Billboard 200.

Alas, they haven’t…and it’s left many of them confused.


Today in news that will make many go “hmmm”, Kim’s LP ‘Hardcore’ has failed to make a dent on the Billboard 200’s Top 50 despite “out charting” a number of the albums that, according to SoundScan, outsold her.

One of those albums?

J. Cole’s ‘KOD‘ which – according to iTunes- was being outdone by ‘Hardcore’ this week yet managed to claim this week’s #32 spot with 11,830 units moved. Another?

Drake‘s ‘Scorpion‘ which, like ‘KOD’ watched ‘Hardcore’ reach #1 on iTunes Hip Hop yet spends this week at #3 while Kim’s sets are nowhere to be seen.

Any theories?


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  1. Fifi August 19, 2018

    Knew it. Atlantic purchased the album but couldn’t do enough to make it realistic.

    • Carlos August 19, 2018

      Where did it say Atlantic purchased the album? It’s says that she departed from Atlantic records.

      • No Walls August 19, 2018

        The only albums that charted were suspiciously the Atlantic ones. Funny that she went to number one but didn’t outsell the albums she had to outsell to get to number one. Shady.

      • SMH August 20, 2018

        Atlantic still owns her masters. Even though she departed, they still own the rights to her music. Miss “Queen Bee” wasn’t smart enough when she negotiated her deal apparently.

    • D August 19, 2018

      BECAUSE ITUNES DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING!!!! SMFH, I DON’T GET WHY PPL THINK EVEN BEING #1 ON ITUNES MEANS YOU ARE BREAKING RECORDS. …..TAKE NOTE ! Ciara last 3 albums were #1 on iTunes..guess where they charted on billboard….so being #1 in 86 countries don’t mean s*** sis.. it only means that in 86 countries your album is be purchased more than any other popular album that week/time-period.

      • Fifi August 19, 2018

        Sweetie. iTunes is the biggest music retailer so to say it’s nothing Is comedic. Anyway, how do you explain how she is supposed to have out charted with sales albums that outsold her with sales? ? . Tis a scam I tell you.

      • Bardi ? August 19, 2018

        That doesn’t explain why she didn’t chart. Like help me to understand how this doesn’t sound fishy to you. iTunes only deals with pure sales. The chart is based on those sales. She gets to number one but then sells so little that she doesn’t even chart on the main chart AND gets outsold by albums that were lower than hers. It doesn’t make sense.

      • ??? August 20, 2018

        lmaooo atlantic didnt plan properly when they purchased lil’ hasbeen’s music lmfaooooo

  2. Antincia foster August 19, 2018


  3. Penelope Pum Pum August 19, 2018

    So let’s get this straight. Her albums randomly started charting and outsold Nicki, Drake and Cole on iTunes but didn’t even STREAM enough to chart? This is either a glitch or someone found a way to cheat the iTunes system. Either way, Kim fans were duped.

    • Keeping it real w/ u August 19, 2018

      Itunes only chart doesn’t equate highest sales of the week.. as it is an on demand charting system. Meaning that if at time her album sold 2k and other artist sat that same time are not, it will make her album #1 on itunes only. And it’s only itunes.. spotify, physical copies, tidal, apple music. etc. her album didnt move enough units to chart

  4. #TeamTinashe Stan August 19, 2018

    I can’t believe it…..
    HASHTAG: #CardiBIsOfficiallyQUEENofHipHop

    • Taylor Duh August 19, 2018

      If only you were that important to make that hashtag true.

    • ??? August 20, 2018

      lmao chile, how many copies did joyride sell? lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  5. aJ August 19, 2018

    At least you tried h***

  6. Sandra August 20, 2018

    Well, on a positive note it made me scroll to Lil Kim on my phone and listen to her songs back to back instead of on shuffle.
    To me, they don’t make female rappers like they used to back in the 90’s
    Currently listening to Kim’s verse on Isley Brothers float on remix

  7. Shaka August 20, 2018

    My theory is, someone at grape juice doesn’t know how to type, doesn’t know grammar, doesn’t how to use punctuations and damn sure is too happy using the spacebar.

  8. ??? August 20, 2018

    lmaooo bwahahahaaaa, the plastic hasbeen’s fans tried to drag nicki by purchasing that plastic flop’s old music, only to get dragged right back by Billboard, I CAN’T LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  9. Caleb August 20, 2018

    Because of how much streams are currently counting towards chart placements on the billboard 200 albums chart. That’s why. Billboard also has a “top album SALES” chart that no one ever pays attention to and it’d be interesting to see if Hardcore placed on there.

  10. DanYiel Iman August 20, 2018

    Lil’Kim is the “PinkPrint” to a lot of these new aged artists career Nicki Minaj included!! ?”Bzzz”?

  11. l October 9, 2019

    Il ne cherche pas à être un meneur de jeu plus.

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