The aftermath of the Grammy Awards really took shape last week. As Adele's 21 sold nearly half a million extra albums than the previous week, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa all enjoyed spikes in sales. The biggest story however, may have been Lil Wayne's recent solo album, Tha Carter IV, crossing the two million mark.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV Reaches Double Platinum In Next Week
Although officially "double platinum" for some time, thanks to global sales and non-Soundscan sales, Lil Wayne officially met the two million milestone with his latest solo effort. 2011's Tha Carter IV features the likes of Nas, Tech N9ne and Andre 3000. Weezy's previous Carter album, 2008's Tha Carter III reached three million units sold on the charts.
Albums From Curren$y, Ski Beatz Miss The Charts
While 2012's Live From The Kitchen by Yo Gotti sustained its chart placement for a sixth week, no new 2012 releases were added to the charts. Last week, Damon Dash's DD172 released two albums, Curren$y & Sean O'Connell's Muscle Car Chronicles and Ski Beatz' 24 Hour Karate School Presents: Twilight. Both efforts missed the Top 200 mark, with independent distribution. The first 2012 Rap addition since K'Naan's More Beautiful Than Silence is expected to happen next week with Tyga's Careless World: Rise of The Last King album.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/19/2012
#10. Drake - Take Care - 31,000 (1,469,000)
#24. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 20,000 (462,000)
#26. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 20,000 (1,336,000)
#35. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 16,000 (2,016,000)
#56. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday - 10,000 (1,774,000)
#77. Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers - 7,400 (780,000)
#108. Childish Gambino - Camp - 4,900 (126,000)
#111. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - 4,800 (1,254,000)
#129. Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park - 4,000 (289,000)
#182. Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen - 2,900 (36,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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