Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/21/2011

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/21/2011

The throne is intact. Meanwhile, Ace Hood, Gucci and Waka, plus Royce Da 5'9 have strong second weeks, as La Coka Nostra's Slaine's long-awaited Suburban Noize solo debut hits the charts.

The throne is intact.

Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative effort,  Watch The Throne remained #1, and achieved gold, just like its cover art. Now over 600,000 units in total, WTT picked up over 175,000 second week units. Already, legal actions have begun on the album, with a legendary Soul singer noting an uncleared sample on the Deluxe Edition's "The Joy" . The entire album work features Frank Ocean, Mr. Hudson and Beyonce.

Speaking of, Beyonce's 4 remained a Top 10 release. The Destiny's Child alum's fourth solo offering features an appearance by Outkast's Andre 3000, along with production from Kanye West and his production team - including Jeff Bhasker, as well as a writing credit to former G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence.

Royce Da 5'9 and Eminem (as Bad Meets Evil) and their album, Hell: The Sequel fell two spots. As of now, the Motor City natives are gradually approaching 500,000 units sold, which would earn Royce his first plaque from the RIAA.

Ace Hood's Blood, Sweat & Tears remained near the top of the Rap charts. The Miami, Florida rapper and DJ Khaled protege sold approximately 10,000 units in his second week. The rapper's third album features Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne and Drake. Meanwhile, Atlantic Records Urban Pop star Bruno Mars is marching towards 1.5 units sold of his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

* 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
1 Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch The Throne 177,000 613,000
9 Beyonce 4 25,000 679,000
13 Royce Da 5'9 & Eminem (Bad Meets Evil) Hell: The Sequel 19,000 463,000
33 Ace Hood Blood Sweat & Tears 10,000 37,000
34 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
10,000 1,227,000

Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad 1017 project,  Ferrari Boyz nearly hit the 25,000 mark overall. The Warner Brothers Records project features production from Drumma Boy, as well as in-house hit-makers Lex Luger and South Side.

Meanwhile, Ace Hood's mentor DJ Khaled crossed the 100,000 mark with his Cash Money Records debut, We The Best Forever. The Miami, Florida radio personality's latest compilation-style album features the usual suspects of Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.

Royce Da 5'9's Success Is Certain passed the 20,000 mark. Nickel Nine's self-proclaimed "last solo album on an independent" featured some impressive help, such as Eminem, Travis Barker and Joe Budden. The work is a thematic update to Royce's sophomore album, 2004's Death Is Certain.

La Coka Nostra's Slaine reached the charts with his long-awaited A World With No Skies 2.0. The Suburban Noize Records release was initially planned for release last year, but after the album was pressed, sample clearance issues kept it from shelves. The Boston, Massachusetts native, who is also a member of Special Teamz, featured the likes of Edo G., B Real and Sean Price on his first nationally-distributed solo work.

OFWGKTA's Tyler, The Creator and Goblin remain steady on the Top 200, despite being in its final two spots two weeks ago.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
57 Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame Ferrari Boyz 6,900 24,000
60 DJ Khaled We The Best Forever
6,700 104,000
84 Royce Da 5'9 Success Is Certain 4,700 21,000
172 Slaine A World With No Skies 2.0 2,500 2,500
184 Tyler, The Creator Goblin 2,300 104,000

Will Game's R.E.D. Album bump Jay-Z and Kanye West off the throne? Stay tuned to HipHopDX next week to find out.

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