Hip Hop returned to the Top 10 last week, courtesy of Rick Ross' second Maybach Music Group compilation in as many years. The Warner Bros. Records-backed Self Made, Volume 2 sold just under 100,000 first-week units, scoring the revamped collective of Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Stalley and Omarion a #4. Thirty-thousand units behind, at #5, R. Kelly's Write Me Back was another debut this week. The veteran Chicago R&B singer did not include rappers on this RCA Records project, a follow-up to 2010's Love Letter.
Maybach Music Group Is Still Self-Made
Rick Ross' collective added two new artists to the fold from 2011's Self Made, Volume 1. After Pill left the group reportedly due to a contract with Warner, Ohio's Stalley and former B2K singer Omarion were added to the MMG collective. Gunplay, who like Ross, is a Def Jam Records artist, was also prominently featured. Guests on the second outing include Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa and Bun B. Volume 2 nearly doubled the approximately 59,000 copies Self Made Volume 1 scanned last May.
Future Gains 26 Spots With Pluto
One of the most successful debut Rap artists of 2012, Dungeon Family affiliate Future and his album Pluto saw a strong rankings bump in the last week. The Epic Records release climbed 26 spots, backed by mainstream single "Same Damn Time." The album features Drake, T.I. and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/1/2012
#4. Maybach Music Group Presents... - Self Made, Volume 2 - 98,000 (98,000)
#34. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 10,000 (557,000)
#44. Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family - 8,600 (56,000)
#50. Drake - Take Care - 7,700 (1,795,000)
#52. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 7,300 (172,000)
#84. Future - Pluto - 4,700 (116,000)
#90. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 4,400 (64,000)
#107. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 3,900 (257,000)
#128. Kid Ink - Up & Away - 3,300 (29,000)
#135. Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate - 3,100 (52,000)
* 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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