Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/8/2009

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/8/2009

Jay-Z, B.E.P. and Eminem all chase '09's top-selling, while Tech N9ne pushes 10,0000 more, and Triple C's responds.

Michael Jackson found gold-status in just two weeks of the This Is It soundtrack. The collection includes Jackson hits like the Hip Hop favorite "Human Nature" various demo and single versions of other hits throughout the last three decades.

Jay-Z
slipped to #15 with Blueprint 3 in a week that saw seven charting debuts before him. With a new video to "Empire State Of Mind," the Atlantic Records-distributed effort could beat out Black Eyed Peas and Eminem as 2009's top-selling Rap album, although 50 Cent and Lil Wayne loom on the horizon, with releases.

Speaking of, The Black Eyed Peas fell to the Twenties on the charts for the second time in the span of The E.N.D. The Electro-Pop work may be a departure from even the group's more recent two albums, but the Good Life-birthed outfit remains an underground Hip Hop success story.

Two divas, once known for wearing the same brown Vera Wang dress to the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey rubbed shoulders on the charts. Houston's massive comeback I Look To You edges towards platinum, while Carey's more recently-released Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel chases gold.

* 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
2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson's This Is It
196,000 569,000
15 Jay-Z Blueprint 3
38,000 1,238,000
20 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
28,000 1,328,000
41 Mariah Carey Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel
13,000 304,000
43 Whitney Houston I Look To You 13,000 778,000

The biggest surprise on the charts last week Tech N9ne's K.O.D. sold another 10,000 units, pushing him just outside the Top 50. The Kansas City rapper, who has sold over one million records independently in the course of his career, has developed his Strange label extensively this year, signing Brotha Lynch Hung, and developing local talent, Krizz Kaliko and Big Scoob.

 Rick Ross' first act on Maybach Music, Triple C's scanned another 5,000 of their Custom Cars & Cycles. The Def Jam release featured a number of videos made in promotion of the project, and boasted guest appearances from both Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane.

Just days before doubling his prison sentence over parole violation, Baton Rouge's Lil Boosie crossed the 100,000 mark with Superbad: The Return Of Boosie Badazz, just as he's done with his previous Trill Entertainment releases. Raekwon, presently touring the northeast, continues to take Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 towards the 150,000 mark.


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
58 Tech N9ne K.O.D.
10,000 40,000
72 Eminem Relapse
8,600 1,506,000
120 Triple C's Custom Cars & Cycles
5,200 17,000
142 Lil Boosie Superbad: The Return Of Boosie Badazz 4,000 103,000
166 Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 2,800 132,000

Will a strictly digital 50 Cent put the charts in a chokehold? Can Wale get Roc Nation to help him bring back a plaque to the DMV? Is 2009 Interscope's return to the reign? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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