Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/24/2011

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/24/2011

DJ Quik's indie release proves that nearly 10,000 are ready to pitch in on the party, Cam'ron & Vado continue the Dipset April run, and Gorillaz have an impressive debut.

Chris Brown continued to enjoy his F.A.M.E. The Jive Records release approaches the 500,000 benchmark, on an album that features emcees Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Tyga. The Pop sensation is likely to reach that mark next week.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania emcee Wiz Khalifa's major label debut, Rolling Papers sold another 34,000 units after a month in stores. The album, which features Too Short and Curren$y, slipped out of the Top 10, and joins Lupe Fiasco's Lasers as part of Atlantic Records' commercial comeback in Hip Hop this year, following success with B.o.B. in 2010.

Climbing a spot to #16, Rihanna's  Loud  pushes well past platinum. Bruno Mars' debut approaches platinum, as Doo-Wops & Holligans gained an impressive 10 spots this week.

With their second album in 14 months, the Gorillaz struck a Top 25 debut in Fall. A follow-up to 2010's Plastic Beach, the animated band's latest work on EMI/Virgin Records features PB session musicians Bobby Womack and The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.

* 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 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. 37,000 485,000
12 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers 34,000 328,000
16 Rihanna Loud 28,000 1,200,000
18 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans 25,000 949,000
24 Gorillaz Fall 21,000 22,000

Compton, California emcee/producer DJ Quik very nearly struck a Top 50 debut with The Book of David. The self-released project on Mad Science Records project features Ice Cube, Bizzy Bone and veteran Quik collaborators Suga Free and Kurupt.

Minneapolis, Minnesota veteran Hip Hop duo Atmosphere fell 69 spots with their seventh official studio album, The Family Sign. The Rhymesayers Entertainment co-founders Slug and Ant continue their evolution away from sampling, moving more towards live instrumentation for their most recent work.

T.I.'s  No Mercy album is on the tip of going gold. The December, 20101 release on Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records sits just under 499,000 units sold. The work features Eminem, Kanye West and southern Rap pioneer Scarface.

DXnext artist Mac Miller, who is signed to Pittsburgh-based Rostrum Records, reached the 60,000 mark on his digital EP, On and On and Beyond EP. Released the same day as label-mate Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers, the project continues to be one of the year's top indie sellers.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
54 DJ Quik The Book of David 9,700 9,800
73 Cam'ron & Vado Gunz N' Butta 7,500 7,600
82 Atmosphere The Family Sign 6,800 35,000
163 T.I. No Mercy 3,500 499,000
197 Mac Miller On and On and Beyond EP 2,900 60,000

Will Max B follow the Jim Jones, Cam'ron & Vado charting trend with his debut Vigilante Season? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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