Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/29/2010

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/29/2010

Drake gets his million, Usher's EP rings some bells, while acclaimed albums from The Roots, Big Boi and Distant Relatives all reach to clear 200,000.

Eminem's Recovery was bumped once more. The lovely Katy Perry's Teenage Dream assumed the #1 slot, with her new album, featuring Snoop Dogg and production from Stargate. The second slot went to Fantasia's Back To Me. At #3, The Aftermath release sold just under 100,000 units last week. It was announced last week that Eminem's live show will now include a full-band, further adding to the Detroit superstar's artistic evolution.

It was Usher who may have had the most pleasing week on the charts. The Atlanta entertainer's EP Versus pulled in a #4 debut. The nine-song collection of Raymond v. Raymond-era recordings sold just under 50,000 first-week units. Drumma Boy, Polow Da Don and Jim Jonsin are amoung the producers on the EP. Meanwhile, the original Raymond v. Raymond maintained a Top 20 performance, having just recently reached platinum.

Rick Ross crossed the 350,000 mark with Teflon Don. The Def Jam rapper's fourth official album features work from veterans such as No I.D., DJ Clark Kent and Cee-Lo. Ross' album marches towards gold. Drake's Thank Me Later reached the million mark. This is just the second 2010 Rap album to do so, after Eminem's Recovery. The album features production from Kanye West, Timbaland, and Drake's in-house team of Boi-1da and 40.


* 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
3 Eminem Recovery
98,000 2,328,000
4 Usher Versus
46,000 46,000
17 Rick Ross Teflon Don 21,000 353,000
18 Drake Thank Me Later
20,000 1,014,000
19 Usher Raymond v. Raymond
20,000 1,037,000

Outkast's Big Boi was back in the Top 50 at #49. His critically-acclaimed Def Jam debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty features artists such as T.I., Gucci Mane and Too Short, with production from Organized Noize, Scott Storch and Lil Jon. Bun B's Trill O.G. fell to #55. Bun's album is the first since moving his Rap-A-Lot Records distribution from Asylum to Universal Fontana. The third in the "Trill" series features appearances from Drake, Gucci Mane and posthumous verses from 2Pac and Pimp C, while production is handled by DJ Premier, Boi-1da and veteran UGK producer Steve Below. In two weeks, Trill O.G. is fast-approaching the 100,000 mark.

HipHopDX Underground Report alum Mike Posner approaches 50,000 sold of his 31 Minutes To Takeoff. The Michigan native and J Records artist found a great deal of cross-over success with his debut, after previous collaborations with Hip Hop artists such as Bun B, Big Sean and Saigon. The Roots' acclaimed How I Got Over ended up at #77. This other Def Jam release features extended Roots family Dice Raw, Truck North and others, in addition to Blu, Phonte and Peedi Peedi. Lastly, Universal Republic Records' release of MTV's Jersey Shore soundtrack features a number of the label's Rap artists, including Lil Jon and DXnext alum Kid Sister, as well as Pitbull and former G-Unit producers Midi Mafia.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
49 Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty 8,700 154,000
55 Bun B Trill O.G.
8,000 76,000
72 Mike Posner 31 Minutes To Takeoff
5,700 44,000
77 The Roots How I Got Over
5,300 136,000
160 Various MTV's Jersey Shore Soundtrack
2,900 33,000

Will DJ Muggs vs. Ill Bill's Kill Devil Hills take the charts by force? Will Fabolous' There Is No Competition 2 be the latest retail mixtape success story? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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