Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/18/2010

posted April 21, 2010 09:04:00 PM CDT | 66 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/18/2010

Murs & 9th Wonder say "Never say Fornever," while MGMT crushes the charts, and Gucci Mane's retail mixtape outsells many artists' albums.

Sony's Electro-Pop duo MGMT were surprise chart climbers on their last album. However, the Brooklyn-based group that's worked with Kid Cudi and Jim Jones saw Congratulations debut at #2 behind Justin Bieber. Usher and his divorce ode Raymond v. Raymond fell to #4, making the LaFace release a prime suspect to cross the gold 500,000 unit mark next week.



Monica slid to #9  with her Still Standing. The J Records artist maintained a Top 10 position with an album that features production from Missy Elliott and Jim Jonsin. Monica's Atlanta neighbor Ludacris, who appears on Still Standing, went to #13 with Battle of the Sexes.

Sade bounced back in a major way. The Epic Records release shot back to #12, having already taken a platinum tour through the charts with her latest album, Soldier of Love.

* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2
MGMT
Congratulations
66,000
67,000
4
Usher
Raymond v. Raymond
64,000
486,000
9
Monica
Still Standing
30,000
334,000
12
Sade
Soldier of Love
25,000
1,100,000
13
Ludacris
Battle of the Sexes
25,000
335,000

Gucci Mane
's retail mixtape, Burrrprint [2] HD sold just under 20,000 units for Warner Brothers/Asylum. The Brick Squad 1017 release made a Top 20 debut, giving the incarcerated Atlanta rapper two charted album, with his State vs. Radric Davis also at #89.

Wu-Tang Clan member trio Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon's Wu-Massacre skidded 30 more spots to #67. As predicted, the Def Jam album did cross the 50,000 unit mark. The warmly-received project features special packaging and production from RZA and Mathematics.

With their fourth installment together, Fornever, Murs & 9th Wonder exceeded the 5,000 mark. Debuting at #84, this release through SMC Recordings was made in Los Angeles, featuring native sons such as Kurupt, Suga Free and Sick Jacken.



E-40 crossed the 20,000 mark individually with both Revenue Retrievin' Night Shift and Revenue Retrievin' Day Shift. With the latter pulling ahead, 40 Water's first album with EMI Records proves to be a success when looked at collectively.

Lastly, Snoop Dogg's leftovers/companion release to Malice N' Wonderland, More Malice inches towards 50,000. The Priority/EMI Records release features Jay-Z, Soulja Boy and Bun B.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
19
Gucci Mane
Burrrprint [2] HD
19,000
20,000
67
Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Wu Massacre
6,600
56,000
84
Murs & 9th Wonder
Fornever
5,400
5,500
126
E-40
Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift
3,700
21,000
142
Snoop Dogg
More Malice
3,400
34,000

With new releases from Cypress Hill, Devin The Dude, Little Brother and Kurupt, how will they all place? Stay tuned for next week on DX...

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