Rapper ScHoolboy Q displaced all comers on the U.S. album chart last week, as his Interscope debut “Oxymoron” claimed the No. 1 spot in the nation.
The L.A. rapper (born Quincy Matthew Hanley) claimed the apex with a 139,000-unit debut stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended March 2. He is a product of the Carson-based Top Dawg imprint, which also claims 2013’s breakout rap star Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy, an as-yet-unrecorded unit featuring both ScHoolboy Q and Lamar.
Q’s big debut pushed Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack down to No. 2 after a fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1. The title sold 91,000 (up 2%). But the companion to the Mouse’s hit pic should see another lift next week, following the film’s Oscars triumphs in the best animated feature and best song categories; additionally, John Travolta’s mangling of vocalist Idina Menzel’s name on the kudocast led to an explosion of Internet meme exposure.
Five other titles made first-week appearances in the U.S. top 10.
Beck’s “Morning Phase” (Capitol), the L.A. singer-songwriter’s first album in six years, witnessed the week’s second-best bow, landing at No. 3 with 87,000 sold. Only “Guero,” his 2005 release, has charted higher, peaking at No. 2; Beck’s last release, 2008’s “Modern Guilt,” topped out at No. 4.
Rapper Kid Cudi reached No. 4 with his digital album release “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” (Republic), which tracked 87,000, just 126 units behind Beck’s title. The album, Cudi’s fourth studio collection, was dropped by three online retailers. His chart peak came with last year’s “Indicud,” which reached No. 2.
Latin star Romeo Santos launched his “Formula: Vol. 2” (Sony Latin) at No. 5 with an 85,000-unit week. The title’s “Vol. 1” predecessor arrived at No. 9 three years ago. Santos is a former member of the top Latin act Aventura.
Country singer Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” (Capitol Nashville) boarded the chart at No. 6 with a 63,000-copy tally. It bested the No. 7 arrival of his last release, 2012’s “Home.” Bentley’s last six albums have reached the top 10.
The Fray’s “Helios” (Epic) edged into the top 10 at No. 8 with a 37,000-unit stanza. The Denver band, which reached No. 1 with its self-titled 2009 album, climbed to No. 4 in 2012 with “Scars & Stories.”
The week’s top 10 holdovers were Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” (No. 7, 43,000 sold, off 42%), the “Now 49” hits compilation (No. 9, 34,000, down 25%) and “Beyonce” (No. 10, 32,000, off 9%).
Pharrell Williams and “Glee” star Lea Michele will compete for top chart real estate next week.