We were spoiled rotten with the amount of music that was released this year. Think about it: in 2016 we got projects from Drake, Beyoncé, Kanye, Rihanna, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Solange, Chance the Rapper, the list goes on. Even Frank Ocean broke his musical hiatus. Shoot, A Tribe Called Quest came back in full effect this year.
One thing that was difficult to keep up with—along with the music—was how each project sold, so we have rounded up their first week sales numbers in one place. This is not an exhaustive list (although it's pretty lengthy) but rather a look at the first week numbers for music we and our readers definitely bumped at some point this year.
The figures shown are album-equivalent units, which consists of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Check out the list below to get a better grasp at who was truly moving units in 2016.