Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/2/2012

posted Wednesday December 05 ,2012 at 09:28AM CST | 201 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/2/2012

Alicia Keys takes a #1 spot on her new label, and some interesting numbers. Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch wave the Wu-Block flag into the Top 100, as Krizz Kaliko lights up the charts for a second time.

In addition to a new #1 on the R&B/Pop side of things, two veteran releases hit the Top 200, as well as another re-packaging of an earlier 2012 album, for the second straight week.

Alicia Keys' fifth album, Girl On Fire, sold over 150,000 units in its first week. This is Keys' first release since J Records, where she was the flagship artist, merged into RCA. In addition to a Nicki Minaj featured appearance, Keys collaborated with husband Swizz Beatz and Dr. Dre on this effort.

The long-discussed Wu-Tang Clan & D-Block collaboration, by way of Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch sold nearly 9,000 first-week copies. The eOne release featured the three active members of D-Block/The LOX, as well as seven original Wu members. Krizz Kaliko's second release of 2012 and first EP slipped into the Top 200. Neh'Mind is the latest in a series of digital EPs from Strange Music's roster.

Finally, following Nicki Minaj's recent re-packaging of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (as The Re-Up), Epic Records' Future re-released Pluto (as Pluto 3D). This pulled the album containing "Same Damn Time" from the bottom of the charts last week at #191 to #63, and increasing weekly sales by over 6,000 units.

Alicia Keys Still Is A Girl Who Can Set The Charts On Fire

Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire took the #1 amidst a crowd of musical ladies including Taylor Swift, Rihanna and P!nk. The New Yorker's latest album features the self-titled hit single as well as the recently-released "Brand New Me." Now with RCA Records, this is Alicia's lowest-selling first week of her career. 2009's The Element Of Freedom sold over 275,000 more copies in its first days at retail. A platinum mainstay, the new label regime behind the the talented vocalist/piano player will be challenged to follow suit in the coming months. 

Wu-Block Comes Out

The long-discussed merging behind two New York high-profile Hip Hop groups came to fruition this fall. The Wu-Block project was took official shape when led by Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch, who have toured together multiple times. The Staten Island and Yonkers delegates brought in members of their crews on various songs from the project. Notably absent from the Wu was RZA, both as a vocalist and producer, as well as U-God, while Erykah Badu appeared on the Termanology-produced "Drivin' Around." Other producers of note included Erick Sermon and Red Spyda

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/2/2012

#1. Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire - 159,000 (160,000)

#6. Rihanna - Unapologetic - 72,000 (310,000)

#17. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 29,000 (457,000)

#30. Cee Lo Green - Cee Lo's Magic Moment - 21,000 (47,000)

#53. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up - 12,000 (739,000)

#54. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 12,000 (417,000)

#59. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 12,000 (256,000)

#63. Future - Pluto - 11,000 (217,000)

#73. Wu-Block - Wu-Block - 8,600 (8,800)

#161. Krizz Kaliko - Neh'Mind - 3,800 (3,800)

* 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.

Will Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. take the #1? Check back next week on HipHopDX.

Last week's album sales.

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  • Anonymous
    they didnt press that many wu block albums. probably 50gs worth. spread out in a certain demographic. i see freeway didnt make the top 200 bogus
  • K-Dot
  • Dont4getTheGasCanJealousStupidMF
    curtis would probably buy 80% of his album...(i would hv said a few yrs back that interscope would buy the 80% for him to make his numbers look good, but after disrespecting Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine i doubt if this happens.so Curtis would hv to buy his albums himself-LETS FACE IT,THE MONKEY GOTS MONEY...LOADS AND TRIPPLE LOADS OF IT.HE DONT NEED YALL BROKE ASS INTERNET THUGS TO BUY HIS ALBUM bcos) another BISD numbers would put a nail to his musical coffin.I recon this is how its gona be.Curtis would do 300k 1st week(BOTH PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL COPIES-remember for his BISD they counted both to get his actual over 140k first week sales.)Curtis Jackson would buy 240k himself.Leaving about 15k digital copies @ $0.99cents on amazon to promote the album then another 20k for $9.99 on itunes for GUNIT stans to buy the rest 25k physical copies ....GTFOH!!!! OLD MAN. AINT NOBODY CHECKING OUT FOR CURTIS IN 2013.
  • Anonymous
    "eminems net worth is ONLY 100mill" How does he get by?
    • Fuck Detroit
      Yeah I know you can't do shit with 100 mil that dude's broke as fuck
    • Anonymous
      i heard he still lives in the detroit trailer park
    • Fuck Haters
      Eminem probably lives in a mansion that's worth more than everything you have.
    • Fuck Stupid People
      Lil Wayne's net worth is 80 Mil. I wonder how he's getting by?
    • LOL
      I don't what these idiots are trying to achieve here, I doubt they know how much money a 100mil really is... This is one dumb ass fucken comment... BUNCH OF FAGGOTS
    • Anonymous
      that shit went right over your heads huh, its called sarcasm
  • fuck all yall
    i bought the wu-block album and its really fuckin dope. Of course it wasnt gonna sell much didnt even have a video or single to promote it.If you bought 2 chainz future or any thing associated with wayne you dont know shit bout hip hop id be ashamed to pull out them cd's in front of people
    • ETK
      "I bought the wu-block album" I feel so sorry for you.
    • Anonymous
      8,600 + 2 = 8,602
    • Jarvis
      I didn't buy either of those albums but you sound pretty stupid saying ppl don't know anything about hip hop because they bought albums you don't like. You can know everything in the world about hip hop and still want to listen to average rappers sometimes
    Damn yo that Wu-Block sold 9,000 copies? That's it? Damn
    • Anonymous
      Wrong...they sold 8,600 copies. But one idiot below bought a copy so that's 8,600 + 1 = 8,601 The old generation ain't buying their shit no moe. They grew up and got kidz. This new generation ain't never heard about the Wu Coming Thru and all dat shit.
  • Ghostface Killah Is Dead
    Everybody should read this http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6x4pmgW0G1r01s07o1_1280.jpg
  • Not Rich And Still Trying
    LMAO 50's My Life didn't even reach top 10 shit is number 27 LOL fuck 50 & his family
    • Anonymous
      you do know that's a hit for a single don't you? you ever heard of top 40? go kill yourself you know nothing about the industry
    • Anonymous
      this is the first week that songs been out...
    • Anonymous
      yeah think before you type you fuckin clown shoe
    • Anonymous
      I bought all 3 copies that got shipped lmao
  • Fuck R&BDX
    Alicia Keys is keeping rap alive with that number one spot.
    • LOL
  • Anonymous
    its actually funny pluto been out longer and sold almost the same amount as dreams and nightmarez and future didnt even have a cosign and is straight total garbage. that not wanting battling cassidy backlash is really fucking up his career. i dont see dreams and night marez going gold anytime soon
  • truth
    good kid m.A.A.d city should be Gold by New Years.
    • Anonymous
      gonna sell 500k before the hottest rapper in the game rick ross even though that nigga is promoting his shit as "THE GOLD SELLING GOD FORGIVES I DONT"
    • truth
      too bad dr dre and jimmy gonna get a bigger slice than k.dot of his own album. interscope equals rape people
    • Akon
      ^^ LOL cosign no wonder why people always getting the fuck out of Interscope they try to make it look like they a good label because Eminem still there but he knows he's getting buttfucked as well
    • phillyboi
      realshit, eminems net worth is ONLY 100mill, nd i say only cuz if sumbody sold 80 mill records they shuld have waaaay more bread then that homie.....
    • Anonymous
      yall are idiots...there is not one rapper out on a major label that makes more than 75 cents to a dollar per album sold...and the boss is gunna make more than the worker everytime... rappers dont make shit off album sales...nowadays its show money and sponsorships
  • Anonymous
    Wow, 8,000 for Wu Block, but you guys will eat that Future and Two Chainze shit up. Fuck that real shit, fuck it.
    • Anonymous
      future and 2chainz are playing in almost every region now...sheek louch and ghostface barely get played in their hometown...
  • snIPez
    When you know rap is dead. "Alicia Keys takes a #1 spot" WTF is going on?
  • manju
    hat would be fantastic if my nizzle Kendrick went gold!!! Shit, who am I kidding this nigga almost
  • honing
    hat would be fantastic if my nizzle Kendrick went gold!!! Shit, who am I kidding this nigga almost there !!
  • honing
    nice post,Keep it up
  • jase
    you broke ass downloaders should be thrown under a f'n bus. these sales are pathetic. ballers my ass. buncha broke ass mf's is what you are.
    • snIPez
      I'll buy an album that is worth my money you dumbass. None are these days. So STFU. Many here will agree with me.
    • Stone
      I actually agree with snIPez the quality of albums being put out nowdays is atrocious. Stop blaming bad sales on downloads, the last cd I bought was bound to do little or no sales with little or no promotion.
    • B
      Damn right. We're in a recession and I'm broke as f@#k! I downloaded that Wu Block and I'm bumpin' it all day! When Ghost and Sheek came through my city last year I bought tickets. They get more off of that than the album anyway. I don't even like 2Chains but I downloaded his album just to steal his isn. Throw me under the bus Baller man!
    • Anonymous
      if you dont like 2chainz then why would you download the album...that would be as dumb as me downloading a kreayshawn album just to steal it cuz then i have that garbage in my itunes...
    • Anonymous
      thats hilarious, he dont like 2chainz but he still downloaded the 2chainz album just to steal it