Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/1/2011

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/1/2011

T.I. and Chris Brown cross the 500,000 mark, Wiz Khalifa returns to the Top 10, and DJ Quik, Cam'ron and Vado hang around for strong second-week independent showings.

Not a lot changed on the charts this week, with the Beastie Boys' digital pre-release of Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 missing the Top 200 mark. Recent mainstay Chris Brown passed the 500,000 mark with his F.A.M.E. release, an album that features emcees Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Tyga.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania emcee Wiz Khalifa's major label debut, Rolling Papers returned to the Top 10. The album features longtime Wiz associate Curren$y, as well as veteran Oakland, California Hip Hop pioneer Too Short.

Consistently neck and neck, Rihanna's  Loud  pushes well past platinum. Bruno Mars' debut approaches platinum, as Doo-Wops & Holligans gained another five spots this week, after 10 the week before.

DXnext alum Nicki Minaj and her Pink Friday gained eight spots to #27. The platinum Young Money/Universal Records release features Eminem, Kanye West and label-mate Drake.

* 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
6 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. 28,000 513,000
9 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers 24,000 352,000
13 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans 23,000 972,000
14 Rihanna Loud 22,000 1,231,000
27 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 13,000 1,342,000

Harlem, New York emcees Cam'ron and protege Vado enjoyed a second week of success on the charts. The pair's E1 Entertainment release, Gunz N' Butta was a first for their outfit, The U.N. As Vado has now signed with Interscope Records, this is second project, and the Diplomats' CEO's first since 2009's Crime Pays.

Compton, California emcee/producer DJ Quik maintained a Top 100 in his second week of 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 22 more 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 crossed the 500,000 mark. 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.

Another southern Rap kingpin, Def Jam's Rick Ross sits at #161. His acclaimed 2010 release Teflon Don sits at 615,000 units. The gold-certified work features Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green and Drake.

 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
95 Cam'ron & Vado Gunz N' Butta
4,400 12,000
99 DJ Quik The Book of David 4,200 14,000
104 Atmosphere The Family Sign 4,200 39,000
143 T.I. No Mercy 3,200 502,000
161 Rick Ross Teflon Don 3,000 615,000

Will the Beastie Boys swarm the charts next week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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