Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/6/2011

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/6/2011

Nelly is nearly halfway to gold, Waka Flocka Flame is climbing past 200,000 units, Saigon stays strong on the charts, and Eminem, Nicki and Rihanna all slide out of the Top 10. But who stayed?

Only one release from last week's urban report remained in the Top 10: Bruno Mars' Doo Wops & Hooligans, which held down #9 - three spots below last week. Mars was within 5,000 of the three other recurring releases that have been alternating rankings week-to-week.

Rihanna's Loud also dropped three spots, returning to its #11 from two weeks ago. Nicki Minaj fell three spots of her own, down to #12 with Pink Friday.

Eminem's Recovery slide six spots during a week where a bunch of leaked material hit the Internet, believed to be from the late '00s. 

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fell six spots amidst a rise on the charts. Last week, former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight dropped his lawsuit against Kanye West over a 2005 stabbing that occurred at a West party in Miami.

* 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
9 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans 32,000 796,000
11 Rihanna Loud 30,000 1,039,000
12 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 29,000 1,189,000
13 Eminem Recovery 27,000 3,695,000
24 Kanye West My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy 14,000 1,062,000

Lil Wayne's digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being fell nine spots to #36. T.I.'s No Mercy dipped 20 spots to #52. 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.

Another Atlanta rapper, Waka Flocka Flame and his  Flockaveli, continues to sell. At #66, the Brick Squad 1017/Warner Brothers release has approximately sold 217,000 copies. The debut album features Wale, Uncle Murda and French Montana, among others.

Veteran superstar Nelly is nearly halfway to gold with his 2009  5.0 release. The Universal Motown release includes #1 single "Just A Dream," as well as appearances from Yo Gotti and longtime affiliate Murphy Lee.

Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told sold another 3,300 units in its second week in stars. Created and conceptualized on Atlantic Records, Kottonmouth Kings' Suburban Noize imprint worked with Sai to acquire the release rights to the album which sold 11,000 first-week units. Despite being on the independent label, the critically-heralded work still includes appearances by Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Black Thought, as well as production from Just Blaze and Kanye West. The album's FYE physical version includes a second CD with five unreleased songs.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
36 Lil Wayne  I Am Not A Human Being 12,000 796,000
52 T.I.
 No Mercy
14,000 784,000
66 Waka Flocka Flame  Flockaveli 7,400 217,000
101 Nelly  5.0 5,100 246,000
164 Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told 3,300

19,000

With all the controversy, how will Lupe Fiasco's Lasers sell on the charts? Can Raekwon score a Top 10 with  Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang? Will WC maintain a "low profile"? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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