Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/3/2010

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/3/2010

B.o.B. reclaims a #1 debut for the Rap genre with The Adventures of Bobby Ray shocking charts, as Devin The Dude and Cypress Hill slide.

A new Rap release finally reclaimed the #1 spot last week. Albeit a strongly Pop-influenced album, B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray marks the eclipse of a five-year journey for the Georgia emcee, singer and songwriter. His Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records album features a broad spectrum of influence, genre and guests ranging from Eminem to Lupe Fiasco to Playboy Tre. The 21 year-old's debut sold an impressive 80,000 units, and places the onetime Jim Jonsin protege in the spotlight among his peers.

Further down the charts, Usher, Monica and Ludacris also repped hard for the '90s Atlanta alumni. Respectively, Raymond v. Raymond, Still Standing and Battle of the Sexes ranged between the #6 and #20 spot, as they've done for well over a month.

The Black Eyed Peas and The E.N.D. owned the #16 spot yet again. This week, the group took the crown for all-time single digital sales, with this album's cut, "I Gotta Feeling," a popular 2009 hit.

* 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
1 B.o.B. The Adventures of Bobby Ray
84,000 85,000
6 Usher Raymond v. Raymond
48,000 586,000
16 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. 20,000 2,476,000
19 Monica Still Standing
18,000 374,000
20 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes 17,000 373,000


Cypress Hill's first group album in six years, Rise Up, fell over 50 places from last week's Top 20 debut. The trio (along with percussionist Eric Bobo) released the album on the revamped Priority Records, boasting collaboration with Pete Rock and Pitbull.

Gucci Mane's retail mixtape, Burrrprint [2] HD cracked 30,000 units sold. 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. This release marks Gucci's departure from his former business team and original So Icey Entertainment imprint.

Wu-Tang Clan member trio Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon's Wu-Massacre slipped to #156. The critically-praised collaboration was released on the Def Jam imprint, and boasts production from Scram Jones and RZA. Another Rap veteran, E-40, still maintained two releases on the Top 200 (at #190 and #191) respectively, with his EMI-released Revenue Retrievin' companion set.

Devin The Dude's first album with E1 Entertainment, Suite #420, hung on at #198, still short of 10,000 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.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
72 Cypress Hill Rise Up
6,800 25,000
88 Gucci Mane Burrrprint [2] HD
5,800 34,000
156 Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Wu Massacre 3,400 64,000
190 E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Night Shift 2,600 26,000
198 Devin The Dude Suite #420
2,500 8,700

Can B.o.B. hold his #1 spot? Will Trina or Bone Thugs-N-Harmony earn a Top 10 spot? Can Scarface follow Gucci Mane in bringing retail mixtapes to the charts?

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