Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/9/2010

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/9/2010

Rap goes from #1 to not mentioned at all (in the Top 10), though Trina, Bone Thugs & Flying Lotus enter charts, and 8Ball & MJG sell 15k+.

After reclaiming the #1 spot last week with B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray, urban releases lost the first 10 places on the charts this week. The Atlantic Records sensation's debut even gave way (by two spots) to Usher's Raymond v. Raymond, who claimed the #10 spot. Usher's conceptual "divorce album" is marching towards platinum for the LaFace legend.

Two new Rap releases took the Top 15, both from veterans. Trina's Pop-inspired album, Amazin' sold over 30,000 first week units. The Miami mami's latest record featured Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson and Diddy, giving the Slip-N-Slide Records diamond princees a musical makeover after two dismal releases. The top-selling Rap group of all time, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fell one spot behind, at #14, with their Warner Brothers debut. Another more Top 40-minded effort, this release, Uni5: The World's Enemy marked the full reunion with Bizzy Bone and Flesh-N-Bone rejoining the constant three members. Despite its radio intentions, the effort was largely produced by core Bone producer, DJ U-Neek.

Another Ruthless Records alumni group, The Black Eyed Peas fell to #27 with
The E.N.D. after the swarm of new album debuts.

* 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
10 Usher Raymond v. Raymond
51,000 637,000
12 B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray
36,000 120,000
13 Trina Amazin' 32,000 32,000
14 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Uni5: The World's Enemy
29,000 30,000
27 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. 23,000 2,499,000


Memphis veteran duo 8Ball & MJG went from working on Diddy's Bad Boy label to working on T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint with Ten Toes Down. Distributed through E1 Entertainment, the group's first official album in three years features Slim Thug, Soulja Boy, Bun B and of course T.I. The group entered the Top 40, selling over 15,000 first week units.

DXnext artist and Los Angeles-based producer Flying Lotus saw his latest release, Cosmogramma debut in the Top 100. This third LP sees work with tour buddy, Thom Yorke of Radiohead as well as frequent collaborator Laura Darlington. The Warp Records artist has previously produced for Hip Hop acts such as Detroit's Finale and others.

Cypress Hill's first group album in six years, Rise Up, fell out of the Top 100. The trio (along with percussionist Eric Bobo) released the album on the revamped Priority Records, boasting collaboration with Pete Rock and Pitbull.

Drake's So Far Gone may see a push to gold with his June release of Thank Me Later. Widely considered an EP, The Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown release cleared 450,000 units last week. Wu-Tang Clan member trio Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon's Wu-Massacre hung on to the Top 200 at #199. The critically-praised collaboration was released on the Def Jam imprint, and boasts production from Scram Jones and RZA. The work has cleared 65,000 units to date.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
36 8Ball & MJG Ten Toes Down
16,000 16,000
87 Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
6,400 6,800
105 Cypress Hill Rise Up 5,900 31,000
119 Drake So Far Gone 5,200 453,000
199 Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Wu Massacre 2,900 67,000

Can Sage Francis' Indie Rock-supported L(i)fe put Providence, Rhode Island Hip Hop on the charts? Will Rap return to the Top 10? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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