Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/22/2009

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/22/2009

50 Cent lives up to the chart expectations, Rakim returns, while Slug and Murs get Felt's first chart appearance.

The projections were accurate. 50 Cent's potential last album from Interscope did not debut at #1. Instead, Before I Self Destruct, which included two bonus DVDs and an extra week on iTunes, sold 160,000 units. The G-Unit general featured Eminem on his album, as well as production from Havoc, Dr. Dre and Rockwilder.

Michael Jackson
looks platinum-plausible after three weeks of the This Is It soundtrack, 

especially with Black Friday approaching. 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. The work fell two places to #4 from last week.

Michael's sister Janet brought her #1's collection to the Top 20 for a debut. The double disc collection features hits assisted by Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes and Nelly.

Speaking of, The Black Eyed Peas went to #25 with 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.

Jay-Z slid to #30 for the first time with Blueprint 3. The Atlantic Records-distributed effort is within 100,000 units ofBlack Eyed Peas, for overall 2009 sales. After that, all that remains is another 100,000-plus units in Eminem's Relapse as 2009's top-selling Rap album.

* 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
5 50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
160,000 161,000
7 Michael Jackson's This Is It
96,000 782,000
20 Janet Jackson #1's (2CD)
37,000 38,000
25 The Black Eyed Peas E.N.D. 31,000 1,387,000
30 Jay-Z Blueprint 3 29,000 1,300,000

After over a decade, the legendary Rakim returned with at #61, with The Seventh Seal. The album, released through Bay Area's SMC Records, featured an appearance from Maino, and production from Jake One, Nottz and longtime affiliate Nick Wiz.

DXnext alum Wale  maintained Top 100 with his Attention : Deficit. Last week the album sold under 30,000 units, as the rapper's management claimed the label under-shipped the album considerably, limiting sales. The rapper may surpass 50,000 units next week, with a strong Black Friday showing.

Veteran independent Rap titans Slug and Murs (as Felt) returned for a third tributary album, this one to famed '80s and '90s Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez. This released, produced entirely by Aesop Rock, is the duo's first charting Felt release. Tech N9ne crossed the 50,000 benchmark with his K.O.D. release. The album has been one of the best-selling independent Rap releases of 2009, put out through the Kansas City veteran's Strange Music. In one of the last slots on the Top 200, Lil Boosie scanned another 3,000 of one of Warner Brothers' most successful Rap outings since the Asylum merger in Superbad: The Return Of Boosie Bad Azz.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
61 Rakim The Seventh Seal
11,000 12,000
88 Wale Attention : Deficit
8,700 37,000
111 Felt Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez
7,000 7,000
148 Tech N9ne K.O.D. 4,500 51,000
199 Lil Boosie Superbad: The Return Of Boosie Bad Azz
3,000 110,000

Will Rihanna get a #1? Will Birdman continue Cash Money's chart-assault? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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