Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/20/2011

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/20/2011

Lupe Fiasco can barely be topped, as "Lasers" leave a mark on the charts. Raekwon's "Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang" remained at war with the majors, and Lecrae and his "Rehab" are back in the Top 200.

Lupe Fiasco maintained a #3 spot in his second week on the charts. The Chicago, Illinois emcee may have had his share of disagreements with Atlantic Records over the content and direction of his third album, Lasers, however the work sold nearly 50,000 more units, bringing it halfway to gold status. Lupe's album features label-mate Trey Songz and longtime 1st & 15th singer Sarah Green.

Lasers was topped only by new albums from Adele and Rise Against.

Blink 182's Travis Barker released his solo debut, Give The Drummer Some to a Top 10 debut. The drummer's production work features emcees including the aforementioned Lupe, as well as artists including Lil Wayne, Game and Beanie Sigel. The Interscope Records released scanned just under 30,000 units.

For the third consecutive week, Floetry alum Marsha Ambrosious' long-delayed solo debut maintained a Top 10 position. The songstress is widely known in Hip Hop for her tenure as an artist at Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, as well as her feature work with Game, Slum Village and Busta Rhymes.

Young Money's Nicki Minaj and her Pink Friday came in at #13. The DXnext alum's record-breaking feat for a female in Hip Hop, both as a onetime #1 album, and consecutive weeks in the Top 10, a feat that recently ended earlier this month.

At #14, Rihanna's Loud  pushes well past platinum.

 

* 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 Lupe Fiasco Lasers 47,000 251,000
9 Travis Barker  Give The Drummer Some 28,000 29,000
10 Marsha Ambrosious Late Nights & Early Mornings 28,000 165,000
13 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 25,000 1,239,000
14 Rihanna Loud 25,000 1,090,000

Eminem's Recovery held the #19 from last week. The top-selling album of 2010 continues to surge towards four million sold.

Kanye West's acclaimed My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy slid three spots to #35. Chef Raekwon, who worked on Kanye's album, fell 33 spots to #45. Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, a concept in development since 2007, sold just under 10,000 second-week units. Released on his own IceH20 imprint, and distributed through EMI, the Wu-Tang Clan member's fifth solo work features Jim Jones, Black Thought and a reunion with Nas. Producers include Evidence, Oh No and legendary House deejay Kenny Dope.

Miami, Florida's Rick Ross was just outside the Top 100 with Teflon Don. Raws' latest work features Jay-Z, Drake and Cee Lo Green. Christian emcee Lecrae popped back into the Top 200 with his Rehab album, which is climbing towards 100,000 units sold from the independent Reach Records.

 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
19 Eminem Recovery
20,000 3,737,000
35 Kanye West
My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy
11,000 1,085,000
45 Raekwon Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang 9,400 38,000
107 Rick Ross Teflon Don 4,400 595,000
174 Lecrae Rehab 2,600

87,000

Can Pharoahe Monch's first album with Duck Down Records give a boot camp kick to the charts? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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