The year 2015 is continuing to develop into a banner year for the rap/hip-hop music genre as the new #1 album in the country is the “Furious 7” Soundtrack, featuring the new #1 single, “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa. With the single’s ascension on the Hot 100, it becomes the first #1 rap hit since Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” last July. More importantly, it ends the historic reign of 2015’s first #1 single, “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. That song thus settles for a second-place tie with six other 14-weekers for the second-longest run at #1 in Hot 100 history.
“See You Again” is Khalifa’s second #1 Hot 100 hit, following “Black And Yellow” – his tribute to the city of Pittsburgh and its professional sports franchises – in 2011. Both of Khalifa’s #1 hits have been spurred on by major events. “Black And Yellow” rose to #1 in the week following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ most recent trip to the Super Bowl (SB XLV). “See You Again” succeeds in the wake of the “Furious 7” motion picture’s success at the box office, plus the release of the song’s music video, which is a tribute to the movie’s fallen star, Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013.
With the “Furious 7” soundtrack at the top of the album chart, it marks the sixth #1 rap album this year, following turns by Drake, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Wale and the “Empire” soundtrack (all in the past two months). There were only five #1 rap albums in all of 2014, seven in 2013, and five in 2012. The year in which the most rap albums reached #1 was 2004, when ten such albums did the trick. Although unlikely, 2015 is on pace to post 18 Number One rap albums before the year is over.
To see a complete list of all the rap/hip-hop oriented albums that have reached #1 in the history of the Billboard 200, click here.