Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/23/2011

posted January 26, 2011 10:38:00 AM CST | 47 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/23/2011

A 2009 Wiz Khalifa street album pops back up on the Top 200, while B.o.B. crosses 500,000, Lil Wayne crosses 700,000 and Kid Cudi shoots past 350,000 units sold.

Atlantic’s Bruno Mars continues his reign atop the charts this week, as his Doo Wops & Hooligans remained the top urban release with 34,000 units sold last week. To date, Bruno’s debut has sold 562,569 copies and spawned two number one singles—“Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are.”

Nicki Minaj was close behind with sales of 28,000. The success of her platinum-selling Pink Friday has carried over into 2011, and earlier this week it was announced she will join Lil Wayne on his “I Am Music II” tour.

At #12, Rihanna's Loud album continues to climb towards platinum, with features from Eminem, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Falling six spots was Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The platinum album remains a constant Top 10 and Top 20 performer week-to-week.

Eminem's Recovery fell three spots to #17. As one of the year's best-selling albums, the Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records release will likely reach 3.5 overall domestic units sold next week. The work features production from Alex da Kid, DJ Khalil, Just Blaze and Mobb Deep's Havoc.

* 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
Bruno Mars
Doo Wops & Hooligans 34,000
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
Loud 26,000
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 22,000

T.I.'s No Mercy stepped back two spots to #26. The emcee and label owner's latest album was released while he was incarcerated for probation violations earlier this year, involving drugs. The latest album from Tip features Kid Cudi, Scarface and Rocko, with production by DJ Toomp, Kanye West and Jake One.

Lil Wayne's digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being slid down seven spots to #34 in the last week. As predicted, the album crossed the 700,000 mark last week.

Houston, Texas' Lecrae fell 50 spots with his Rehab: The Overdose. Often categorized as a Christian emcee, the Reach Records star's latest release joined the original Rehab, which also remains on the charts. The album features Canon, J. Paul and production by Street Symphony.

Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager crossed the 350,000 mark last week. The G.O.O.D/Universal Motown sensation's latest album features mentor Kanye West, along with Cee Lo and veteran Brooklyn underground emcee Cage.

Released in November of 2009, a strange album popped back up on the charts this week. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania DXnext emcee Wiz Khalifa's Deal Or No Deal appeared in the Top 200 at #185. The iHipHop/Rostrum release took its name from the period in Wiz's career between leaving Warner Brothers Records, and recently signing to Atlantic. Wiz's second album released to stores features Curren$y, with production by Johnny Juliano, E. Dan and The Trackmasters' Frequency.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
No Mercy 14,000
Lil Wayne
I Am Not A Human Being
Rehab: The Overdose
75 Kid Cudi
Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Wiz Khalifa
Deal Or No Deal


Can Talib Kweli's Gutter Rainbows make a colorful splash on the charts? Can another Pittsburgh pioneer Sam Sneed make the charts with his Street Scholars album? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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