Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/3/2011

posted April 06, 2011 08:51:00 AM CDT | 84 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/3/2011

"It's Pittsburgh pimpin'," as Wiz Khalifa meets massive expectations and Mac Miller sells over 10,000 digital EP units. Snoop Dogg scores a Top 10, and E-40 gas-brake dips with three new chart spots.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania emcee Wiz Khalifa's major label debut, Rolling Papers sold approximately 200,000 first-week units as projected. The DXnext alum and Atlantic/Rostrum Records scored 198,000 overall units on the album which features Too Short, Curren$y and production from Jim Jonsin. The release came in at #2, behind only Britney Spears' Femme Fatale, which sold an additional 80,000 units.

Chris Brown continued to enjoy his F.A.M.E. The Jive Records release passed the 350,000 benchmark, on an album that features emcees Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Tyga.

West coast Hip Hop icon Snoop Dogg scored a Top 10 debut with his eleventh official solo album, Doggumentary. The Long Beach, California emcee included production from Kanye West and Scott Storch, on an album that includes names like Eastsidaz' Goldie Locc, Devin The Dude and Kokane.

Climbing three spots to #13, Rihanna's  Loud  pushes well past platinum. Lupe Fiasco fell six spots to #16. 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 Lasers pushes past 300,000 units, the first 2011 Rap album to do so. Lupe's album features label-mate Trey Songz and longtime 1st & 15th singer Sarah Green.

* 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
2
Wiz Khalifa
Rolling Papers
197,000
198,000
4
Chris Brown
F.A.M.E.
91,000
362,000
8
Snoop Dogg
Doggumentary
50,000
51,000
14
Rihanna
Loud
24,000
1,139,000
16
Lupe Fiasco
Lasers
23,000
303,000

Vallejo, California emcee E-40 took three spots on the chart. For the second straight year, 40 Water released two albums on the same day - complete with a combo pack, all of which charted. Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift sold slightly better than its counterpart, by less than 1,000 units. The work features Bun B, Slim Thug, T-Pain and Click band-mate B-Legit. Meanwhile, Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift features the entire Click, Devin The Dude and R.B.L. Posse's Black C.

Another Rostrum Records artist, DXnext alum and Pittsburgh emcee impressed the charts with a #54 debut. Mac Miller's On And On And Beyond EP was a digital-only release with little marketing, but the independent project cleared 10,000 first-week units.

Chef Raekwon fell 50 spots to #133 with Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, a concept in development since 2007. The album has achieved 50,000 overall 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.

Queens, New York emcee Pharaohe Monch's first album since 2007, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) fell 95 spots to #149. This is Monch's first album in conjunction with the legendary Duck Down Records imprint, and features production from longtime collaborator Diamond D, Exile and D12's Mr. Porter. The independent release sold another 4,000 units.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
40
E-40
Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift
14,000
14,000
42
E-40
Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift
13,000
13,000
54
Mac Miller
On And On And Beyond EP
11,000
11,000
133 Raekwon Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang 4,600
50,000
149
Pharoahe Monch
W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) 4,000

14,000

Can Jim Jones score a Top 25 debut with Capo? Will Brotha Lynch Hung grab the Top 10 his fans claim he deserves? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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