Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/3/2010

posted January 06, 2010 01:01:00 PM CST | 365 comments

Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige traded places. Released a week earlier,  Element Of Freedom, Keys' album took the #3 spot (behind Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle). The J Records release still appears three weeks away from platinum, with the holiday sales drop-off taken into effect. Blige's Stronger (With Every Tear), a Geffen project went to #4. The two have been leaders (along with Rihanna and Robin Thicke), of an R&B/Pop takeover on the charts since October.

The Black Eyed Peas climbed seven spots with The E.N.D., placing them back in the coveted Top 10. The Los Angeles-based quartet continues to fluctuate on the charts unlike typical urban releases. The group has now been announced to be included in CBS' People's Choice Awards, likely surging more promotion in coming weeks.

Lil Wayne gave rebirth to the compilation. We Are Young Money slid just three spots to #12. The project remains Universal Motown's top Rap priority leading up to Rebirth. The Rap industry will see whether Drake or Nicki is the first to release a solo album in 2010.



The repackaging of Eminem's Relapse (as Relapse: Refill) with a handful of new songs, continues to prove as excellence in Interscope Records' business plan. This brought the release to #13, and will try to usher the Dr. Dre-produced effort to hard-to-earn 2,000,000 mark.

* 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
Alicia Keys
Element of Freedom
80,000
779,000
4 Mary J Blige
Stronger (With Every Tear)
62,000
394,000
8
Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D.
47,000
1,787,000
12
Young Money
We Are Young Money
43,000
186,000
13
Eminem
Relapse
41,000
1,735,000

Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 climbed over the 1.5 million mark. In classic Blueprint marketing form, the Brooklyn emcee has two singles rotating in radio: the Mr. Hudson-assisted cover of Alphaville's "Forever Young" and the Swizz Beatz-helmed "On To The Next." As these singles penetrate new Alt and Pop markets, Jay-Z may easily be able to achieve two million units sold on this project as well.



Gucci Mane's The State Vs. Radric Davis climbed six spaces to #33. The Warner Asylum release is a week away from 200,000 units sold, as the incarcerated Atlanta rapper has been one of the comeback players of 2009, between his appearances, critical acclaim and ending a very serious feud with Young Jeezy.

50 Cent gained seven more spots with Before I Self Destruct. With appearances such as George Lopez Show, 50 remains committed to marketing what may be his final project with Interscope Records.

Snoop Dogg's Malice N' Wonderland remained Top 50. The release has not performed as strongly as past Snoop efforts, as the Priority/Doggystyle/EMI project still remains below the 150,000 mark, despite a strong publicity and marketing campaign. The album did receive mixed critical reviews.

Lastly, Wale returned to the Top 200 with the new year. His Interscope-backed Attention: Deficit debut is still out-selling releases from Juvenile, B.G. and neighboring Virginia veterans The Clipse.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
23
Jay-Z
Blueprint 3
25,000
1,515,000
33
Gucci Mane The State Vs. Radric Davis  18,000
191,000
40
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct 15,000
349,000
49
Snoop Dogg
Malice N' Wonderland
14,000
147,000
185
Wale
Attention: Deficit
3,700
64,000

With a slow week ahead, will Gucci Mane get his 200,000, and will Eminem or B.E.P. win the finish-line race to two million?

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