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 Nielsen SoundScan. The chart debuted as Hot R&B LP's 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]

Chart name history

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 achievements

Most weeks in top ten

77StoneyPost Malone[5]
76ThrillerMichael Jackson[5]
64Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston[5]
63The E.N.D.The Black Eyed Peas[5]
59The HeistMacklemore and Ryan Lewis[5]
Can’t Slow DownLionel Richie[5]
56ControlJanet Jackson[5]
55RaptureAnita Baker[5]
5424K MagicBruno Mars[5]

Most weeks on chart

194Take CareDrake[6]
185BreathlessKenny G[6]
1792014 Forest Hills DriveJ. Cole[6]
175Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem[6]
153Greatest Hits2Pac[6]
146good kid, m.A.A.d cityKendrick Lamar[6]
145Beauty Behind The MadnessThe Weeknd[6]
140The Eminem ShowEminem[6]
140Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Wu-Tang Clan[6]


  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 (September 8, 2018). "Post Malone's 'Stoney' Tops Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' for Most Weeks in Top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  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.
  • Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top R&B Albums: 1965-1998. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-134-5

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