Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/8/2011

posted May 11, 2011 09:23:00 AM CDT | 48 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/8/2011

During a week when even the most consistent artist slipped a few spots, The Beastie Boys reign supreme and almost take the number one spot.

Legendary Hip Hop trio, The Beastie Boys shook up the charts this week. Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, the group’s first new release in nearly three years, was the top-selling Hip Hop album. After not charting at all last week with an online pre-order campaign, MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D narrowly missed the overall top spot to UK crooner Adele.

While no other Rap acts cracked the top 20, both Chris Brown and Bruno Mars used the popularity gained from various Hip Hop collaborations to hold steady. Brown’s F.A.M.E. continued a slow push past gold status, while Bruno Mars’ Doo Wops & Hooligans fell one spot down to the number 14 ranking and just shy of platinum.

After a significant jump last week, Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers fell out of the top 20 yet remained the second-highest charting Hip Hop album. Rihanna continued to chart with her Loud album, which is 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
2
The Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2
127,833 128,195
14
Bruno Mars  Doo-Wops & Hooligans 25,603 997,430
18
Chris Brown
F.A.M.E.
21,396 534,632
23
Wiz Khalifa
 Rolling Papers
19,357 371,111
33
Rihanna
Loud
14,542 1,245,568


Nicki Minaj remains the lone female emcee on the SoundScan charts. Having already been certified platinum; Pink Friday continues an epic run. The recent release of her "Super Bass" video, a spot on Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music tour and plenty of cameo appearances will likely keep Nicki on the charts well through the summer.

Lil Wayne will likely have two projects on the charts this summer. Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being is showing no signs of leaving the charts anytime soon. And, pending any further delays, Cash Money Records’ flagship artist will likely release Tha Carter IV over the summer.

Snoop Dogg saw his eleventh full, solo release, Doggumentary, maintain on the charts. After a six-week stay, his most recent project featuring cameos from Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Willie Nelson, dropped twelve spots.  

Despite criticism from some circles, the ever-controversial Waka Flocka Flame continues to chart. His debut album, Flockaveli is halfway to gold status after charting for over six months.

Continuing a strong viral campaign as well as consistently touring kept Diddy-Dirty Money within the top 200. The experimental, Euro-dance inspired Last Train to Paris is in the midst of a 21-week run on the charts.


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
36 Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
14,165 1,356,366
81
Lil Wayne
I Am Not A Human Being
6,165 871,228
127
Snoop Dogg
Doggumentary
4,092 87,509
151 Waka Flocka Flame
Flockaveli
3,471 258,310
166
Diddy-Dirty Money
Last Train To Paris
3,251 267,292

Will Tyler, the Creator garner enough support to make the charts next week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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