Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/18/2009

posted October 21, 2009 12:10:00 PM CDT | 71 comments

Jay-Z [click to read] climbed three spaces with Blueprint 3 [click to read], as his "Empire State Of Mind" takes on radio as his third album single. Jay joins Eminem and The Black Eyed Peas [click to read]  as the lone three platinum 2009 Rap albums. The trio is within 300,000 units of each other, making for an interesting finish by year end.

Speaking of, the Peas [click to read] refuse to quit. The E.N.D. [click to read] climbed an astonishing 17 spots in the last week, after being out for over three months. The California veterans are striking new chords with their latest single "Meet Me Halfway."

R&B occupied the rest of the top urban chart placements. Mario [click to read] debuted this week, with D.N.A. The singer's fourth album serves as a premier to G.O.O.D. Music family nephew Big Sean on the song "Before She Said Hi." Mariah Carey's latest, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel [click to read] remained in the Top 10, clearing the 250,000 mark. This effort gained street support with help from Gucci Mane [click to read] on "Obsessed (Remix)."  Whitney Houston slipped two spots from last week with I Look To You, one of the biggest comeback albums of 2009. The effort still stands a chance of reaching platinum by year's end.




* please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandeth.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
3
Jay-Z
Blueprint 3
55,000
1,116,000
6 Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D.
40,000
1,235,000
9
Mario
D.N.A.
32,000
32,000
10
Mariah Carey
Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel
31,000
254,000
15
Whitney Houston
I Look To You
24,000
731,000

The charts were quite bottom-heavy last week too. Fat Joe's [click to read] J.O.S.E. 2 [click to read] took a dive on the charts. The latest from the once plaque-guaranteed star fell 103 places from its already dismal debut week. The album fell just ahead of T.I.'s [click to read] Paper Trail [click to read], an acclaimed Rap album released over a year ago, returning to the charts for the first time in several weeks.

Ghostface Killah [click to read] dropped 36 places with Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In The Emerald City [click to read]. Ghost is already in talks with Raekwon [click to read] and Method Man about a trio album, that RZA [click to read] officially wants to be involved with.  

Snoop Dogg [click to read] debuted in the Top 150, with his shelved recordings between 1992 and 1998, during his tenure at the controversial Death Row Records imprint. Lost Sessions Volume 1 [click to read] features vintage Dr. Dre production, as well as appearances from Lady Of Rage [click to read], Nate Dogg and a much younger Dogg Pound [click to read].

Based off of the super-collab hit from Drake, "Forever," [click to listen] the Music Inspired By More Than A Game is one of the bigger Rap soundtracks of the last two years. The Interscope release boasts tracks from Jay-Z, Rich Boy [click to read], T.I. and Black Wall Street artist Ya Boy.




Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
118
Ghostface Killah
Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In The Emerald City
4,600
31,000
129
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Death Row: The Lost Sessions Volume 1
4,400
4,400
149
More Than A Game
Original Soundtrack
3,600
15,000
176
Fat Joe
Jealous Ones Still Envy 2
2,900
11,000
177
T.I.
Paper Trail 2,900
2,023,000

Will Fashawn, Cormega and Royce Da 5'9" swarm the charts in independent Hip Hop glory? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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