Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/5/2011

posted June 08, 2011 07:57:00 AM CDT | 62 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/5/2011

Nicki Minaj and Drake's debuts may be in a close sales race, as Rick Ross, Wale, Pill and Meek Mill continue to hold rank on the charts, as Jadakiss pushes his retail mixtape another week.

Independent releases from Vast Aire and Kool G Rap did not chart in the Top 200 last week, nor did a long-awaited full-length collaborative project from Canibus and Keith Murray, as The Undergods.

Rick Ross' re-vamped Maybach Music Group roster slipped out of the Top 10 with their new compilation, Self-Made, Volume 1, but the project still topped all urban releases. Now backed by Warner Brothers, the trio of Wale, Pill and Meek Mill sold another 18,000 units, backed by their Def Jam star leader. MMG's Teedra Moses, Stalley and veteran Gunplay of Triple C's also appeared on the project.

Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Holligans, now a platinum release, climbed six spots to #14. Mars has been an urban Pop sensation for Atlantic Records' roster renovation and newfound success.

Mars' label-mate, emcee Wiz Khalifa climbed five spots. With weekend performances at The Roots Picnic and Hot 97's Summer Jam, the Taylor Gang founder's major label debut Rolling Papers is headed towards gold status. The Rostrum/Atlantic Records release features Chevy Woods, Curren$y and Too Short.

Climbing six spots, Urban Pop princess Rihanna reached #23 with her platinum 2010 album, Loud. The Def Jam starlet is just shy of 1.3 million overall units sold.

Twenty five years after releasing their first album, New York Hip Hop/Punk trio the Beastie Boys crossed the 200,000 mark with their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The EMI Records release, which dropped before Part One, features artists that Adrock, MCA and Mike D have influenced, including Nas and Santigold. The work fell to #25, 11 spots from last week.


* 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
Maybach Music Group Presents...
Self-Made, Volume 1
Bruno Mars
Doo-Wops & Hooligans 17,000
Wiz Khalifa
Rolling Papers 14,000
Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2

Remaining in the Top 30, Young Money's Nicki Minaj is approaching 1.5 million sold with her 2010 solo debut, Pink Friday. The Queens, New York native is within 5,000 units with label-mate Drake, whose Thank Me Later is just behind Pink Friday.


Eminem could reach 4,000,000 sold by mid-summer. The Aftermath/Interscope Records superstar's 2010 album Recovery continues to move and shake on the charts. The best-selling album of last year features production from Havoc, Just Blaze and DJ Khalil.

Lupe Fiasco did indeed cross the 400,000 mark with Lasers last week. The Chicago, Illinois star's album features label-mate Trey Songz.

Odd Future's leader, Tyler, the Creator's Goblin sold another 5,000 units, landing it the #85 spot. A follow-up to 2009's self-released Bastard, Goblin features band-mates Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Frank Ocean.

Jadakiss' retail mixtape, I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans) fell 67 spots to #106. Releases as a free project earlier in the month, the D-Block/L.O.X. lyricist and Def Jam Records opted to release the fan-inspired project as a physical and digital retail project. The work sold 15,000 units to date.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
Lupe Fiasco
85 Tyler, The Creator
Goblin 5,000
I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans) 4,000

Can Tech N9ne get a sought-after Top 3 spot with All 6's & 7's? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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