Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/16/2010

posted May 19, 2010 11:05:00 PM CDT | 82 comments

Urban music made it back into the Top 10 last week, as Usher's Raymond v. Raymond crept back up for a #7 appearance. Pop sensation Justin Bieber, Country-Poppers Lady Antebellum and Indie Rock outfit The National held down the Top 3 respectively.



B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray went to #13, still keeping the top of the charts dominated by Georgia talent.  The Black Eyed Peas climbed back into the Top 20 with The E.N.D. as they have time and time again throughout the last year. The Interscope release has now cleared 2.5 million copies sold.

Ludacris and Monica returned to the Top 40, both neck-in-neck as they've been throughout their album campaigns with Battle of the Sexes and Still Standing respectively. Both efforts stand a chance at gold within the next couple months, as both just cleared the often-challenging 400,000 milestone.


* 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
7
Usher
Raymond v. Raymond
43,000
680,000
13
B.o.B. Presents
The Adventures of Bobby Ray
27,000
148,000
19
Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D.
19,000
2,518,000
29
Ludacris
Battle of the Sexes
14,000
405,000
32
Monica
Still Standing
13,000
406,000

Trina's Pop-inspired album, Amazin' and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Uni5: The World's Enemy closed out the Top 50. The Slip-N-Slide princess cleared 40,000 overall units, while a seemingly reunited Bone Thugs (complete with a freed Flesh-N-Bone and a semi-supportive Bizzy Bone) sit just under the mark. Both releases feature major label distribution, from EMI and Warner Brothers respectively.

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 work sits just under 25,000 as their label-mate, B.o.B., reigns near the top of the charts.



One of B.o.B.'s album sidekicks, Bruno Mars, debuted at #99 with his EP It's Better If You Don't Understand. The Atlantic Records hopeful gained a lot of exposure through the hit of "Nothin' On You." Providence, Rhode Island's Sage Francis made a Top 200 debut with L(i)fe. Released on Anti Records (who works with The Coup and Busdriver), the release sees the former Anticon/Non-Prophets affiliate combine his dense, lyrical songwriting with musical backdrops courtesy of members of bands, Death Cab For Cutie, Granddaddy, DeVotchKa and others.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
48
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Uni5: The World's Enemy
9,400
39,000
49
Trina
Amazin'
9,400
42,000
62
8Ball & MJG
Ten Toes Down
7,300
23,000
99
Bruno Mars
It's Better If You Don't Understand
5,400
5,400
137
Sage Francis L(i)fe 3,900
3,900

Will Distant Relatives and Reflection Eternal get Top 5 debuts? Can Necro and Roc Marciano represent on the Top 200? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to see...

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