Top Dawg Entertainment isn’t just a clever name anymore. After Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city debuted at #2 in 2012, Black Hippy mate Schoolboy Q will take the indie to the top this week when his major-label debut, Oxymoron hits #1.
Q Ball, Top Pocket
It took the power of Q to dislodge the “Frozen” soundtrack from the top spot, but, in the end, the race wasn’t even close. Oxymoron sold nearly 139,000 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. After two modestly selling independent releases, it was by far Schoolboy’s best debut ever, selling more than Setbacks and Habits & Contradictions combined.
While the Oscar bump won’t really take hold until next week, “Frozen” still had another solid week, moving another 91,000 units to land at #2, as total sales topped 1.2 million.
Welcome Back, Beck
It’s been six years since we had a collection of new songs from Beck, but clearly you like him, you still really like him. His exquisite bummer of an album, Morning Phase, landed at #3 (87,000) for his second-best open ever.
It came in just barely ahead of the brainy, downbeat latest from Kid Cudi, the surprise digital-only Kid Cudi Presents Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon (#4, 87,000).
Also debuting on the Billboard 200 this week: Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2 (#5, 85,000), Dierks Bentley, Riser (#6, 53,000), the Fray, Helios (#8, 37,000) and St. Vincent, St. Vincent (#12, 29,000).
Pharrell Still “Happy”
It was another solid week for Skateboard P’s smash single “Happy,” which held down #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart again thanks to sales of 413,000.
After last week’s 402,000 in sales, Pharrell’s “Happy” becomes the first single since Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” to sell more than 400,000 two weeks in a row. The song also got a boost thanks to P’s performance of it on the Oscars telecast and more mainstream radio pickup.
The rest of the top 5: Jason DeRulo, “Talk Dirty” (#2, 217,000), Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” (#3, 212,000), John Legend, “All of Me” (#4, 198,000. The list was rounded out by Idina Menzel’s “Frozen” hit “Let it Go,” which moved up three spots to #5 on sales of 130,000. Take that, Travolta!