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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part III: Top Ten Selling Hip-Hop Albums of 2017

Posted by Billyjam, December 24, 2017 10:03am | Post a Comment


Note this 2017 top ten includes some 2016 releases because of the structuring of data tabulations. The third installment in the Hip-Hop themed Best Of 2017 Amoeblogs. Examining various aspects of the four-and-a-half decade old genre, with some lists been opinion based while others (like today's) are statistically based. So too is the Top 10 Critically Acclaimed Hip-Hop Albums of 2017 and Top 10 2017 Charting Hip-Hop Singles (Video Version).

Still to come are the Top Ten Producer Albums of 2017, Top 10 Female Hip-Hop Artists, Top 20 “Lil” Rappers of 2017, and Top Ten  Selling Artists in 2017  that is based on a Forbes study comparison. Similarly today's Top Ten Selling Hip-Hop Albums of 2017 is also monetary based.

This Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part III: Top Ten Selling Hip-Hop Albums utilizes the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Year End charts as its yardstick. It is compiled by Nielsen Music and based on multi-metric consumption of blending traditional album sales tallying the top hip-hop album sales on the Billboard Top 200 Albums (that includes all genres of top selling albums) and including streaming services data of albums via the various major online streaming platforms.

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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part II: Top 10 Critically Reviewed Hip-Hop Albums (Includes UK Artists)

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2017 05:30am | Post a Comment
Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part II: Top 10 Critically Reviewed Hip-Hop Albums
Stormzy Gang Signs & a Prayer
#10  Stormzy  Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky Records) 

This second installment in the Amoeblog Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop series is top ten album list of the highest critically reviewed albums in 2017. Based off a Metacritic study that ranked albums culled from a sampling of critical reviews of varying numbers, the reviews' with rating systems aggregated and ranked in order. Since the critical reviews were both UK and US based, many of the albums are British hip-hop releases that most in the US slept on. The list goes in reverse countdown from ten to number one with #10 Stormzy been one of four UK artists that made this list and is one of two that could be filed under "grime" as well as"hip-hop." Talented 24 year old South London Stormzy enjoyed a most rewarding 2017. Released in late February, his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer would become both a critical and commercial hit. In the UK it topped the UK Albums Chart and in so doing became the first grime album to ever do so. That's not the first time the artist of Ghanaian descent made history. Two years ago his track ‘WickedSkengMan Part 4’ made history by becoming the first freestyle to break the UK charts. On his debut album track "Cigarettes and Cush"  Stormzy collaborated with Californian vocalist Kehlani.  UK music magazine NME gave a five star rating. Metacritic's study of reviewers resulted in an aggregate score of 82 (out of 100).

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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part I: Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2017 06:15pm | Post a Comment

This Amoeblog kicks off an extended series of Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop lists (mostly top tens) that will attempt to cover as many aspects as possible of the ever expanding genre from over the past twelve months. These Best-Of lists will range from underground, slept-on artists that got little attention overall in 2017 to hugely popular and financially successful artists who dominated charts and media coverage in 2017. It will also include vinyl charts; both new and reissues, female hip-hop artists, top selling albums, top critically received albums,  top ten producer albums, and a list of posthumously popular artists in 2017. The series will even include a list of the top “Lil” rappers (artists with “Lil” in their name that made an impact in 2017).

Another  Best of 2017 in Hip-Hop will be a Top Ten list of the Top Selling Artists in 2017: based on a Forbes study comparison of their pre-tax annual incomes. Somewhat similarly, today’s list is also rooted in financial statistics; namely hip-hop sales of singles based on their Billboard chart positions, as well as taking into consideration other statistics. Each entry in the Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles list below is based first on chart positioning on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and then on accumulated airplay statistics including online outlets. Each single featuring its accompanying music videos, the Top Ten goes in order from Number 10 up to Number 1. Parental warning: many of these videos contain explicit lyrics and/or imagery.

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