Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/25/2010

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/25/2010

Cypress Hill gets a Top 20 debut, Kurupt, Devin The Dude and Little Brother bumrush the charts, while Usher gets gold.

The top of the charts this past week were not in much favor of Hip Hop. As the Glee cast and Justin Beiber dominate scans, urban music's biggest stars of the week where veterans Usher  and Monica. The former's Raymond v. Raymond crossed the gold benchmark, and proves to be yet another success for the former teen sensation. He was the only Top 10 urban appearance this week. The latter Still Standing heads towards 400,000.

After several weeks removed from the top of the charts, The Black Eyed Peas return with their The E.N.D., which soon will celebrate its one-year birthday. Ludacris was a place behind with Battle of the Sexes, which is a thousand units behind Monica in attempting to reach gold.

Cypress Hill's first group album in six years, Rise Up garnered a Top 20 debut. Released on the Snoop Dogg-cosigned Priority Records/EMI, the Los Angeles veteran trio has an album that features appearances and production from Pete Rock, Evidence, Alchemist, Everlast, Tom Morello and Pitbull. The warmly-received album revives the group after Sen Dog nearly died due to a heart attack two years ago.

* 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
5 Usher Raymond v. Raymond 52,000 538,000
15 Monica Still Standing
23,000 357,000
16 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. 21,000 2,456,000
17 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes 21,000 356,000
19 Cypress Hill Rise Up 18,000 18,000


Gucci Mane
's retail mixtape, Burrrprint [2] HD cleared another 8,000 units. The DJ Holiday-hosted, Brick Squad 1017 release made a Top 20 debut last week, and features Nicki Minaj, Yo Gotti, Rocko and OJ Da Juiceman.

Devin The Dude's first album with E1 Entertainment, Suite #420, debuted with 6,000 units sold. The HipHopDX-acclaimed release features various members of Devin's Odd Squad and Coughee Brothaz, as well as some production from longtime Rap-A-Lot Records-era collaborator Mike Dean.

Wu-Tang Clan member trio Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon's Wu-Massacre fell out of the Top 100 last week. The critically-praised collaboration was released on the Def Jam imprint, and boasts production from Scram Jones and RZA.

There were two additional debut chart appearances. Little Brother's farewell album LeftBack scanned over 4,500 total units. This is Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh's first release without ABB Records' involvement, after three celebrated albums. Instead, this album, which features Torae, Khrysis and Young RJ, was released on the Justus League's own Hall of Justus imprint. The group also announced select tour dates before the final "curtain call," and both pursue solo careers and other group interests.

Dogg Pound emcee Kurupt also cracked the charts. Young Gotti's album, Street Lights, largely produced by Snoop Dogg protege Terrace Martin hit the charts. The Universal Fontana release also has work from Pete Rock and Lil Jon.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
58 Gucci Mane Burrrprint [2] HD
8,600 28,000
85 Devin The Dude Suite #420
6,100 6,200
110 Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Wu Massacre 4,900 60,000
128 Little Brother LeftBack 4,400 4,600
183 Kurupt Street Lights
2,900 2,900

Will B.o.B.'s The Adventures of Bobby Ray receive a Top 10 debut, and restore Atlantic Records' ear for young Rap talent? Stay tuned for next week on DX...

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