- Title: Hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest top Billboard album chart
- Date: 21st November 2016
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - FEBRUARY 19, 2009) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COHEN PERFORMING AT BEACON THEATER RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL (FILE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2009)(ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COHEN REHEARSING AHEAD OF CONCERT COHEN SINGING, SEEN ON SCREEN ABOVE STAGE COHEN SINGING ON STAGE
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- Keywords: A Tribe Called Quest. Rae Sremmurd Leonard Cohen Billboard chart albums
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Royals
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- Story Text: Hip-hop band A Tribe Called Quest scored its first Billboard 200 No. 1 in 20 years on Monday (November 21) with its new release, "We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service."
The album, which sold some 135,000 units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, is the first by the New York rappers since 1998 and follows the death in March of founding member Phife Dawg from complications of diabetes.
Phife Dawg recorded some of the tracks before he died, and the album features collaborations with contemporary rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, as well as British rock musician Elton John.
The last Tribe Called Quest album to hit No. 1 was "Beats, Rhymes and Life" in 1996.
The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).
Leonard Cohen's last album, "You Want it Darker," soared 40 places to the No. 6 spot on the Billboard 200 after the Canadian singer-songwriter's death on Nov. 7.
On the digital songs chart, which measures online singles sales, Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" September release retained the top spot. It owes this success mainly to the viral success of "mannequin challenge" videos that feature people frozen in place, often with the hip-hop duo's music as a backdrop.
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