Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/16/2012

posted Wednesday December 19 ,2012 at 10:36AM CST | 235 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/16/2012

Game grabs a Top 5 debut with "Jesus Piece" as Big Boi's "Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors" just misses Top 30.

Two key additions hit the charts in one of 2012's final weeks. In his latest publicity wave, Game's Jesus Piece garnered a Top 5 debut, selling over 85,000 units. Meanwhile, veteran lyricist Big Boi delivered his second solo album in three years with Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, debuting at #33.

Kendrick Lamar confirmed the gold plaque of good kid, m.A.A.d city in eight weeks on the charts. This is the first gold-album for Top Dawg Entertainment and Black Hippy.

Game Has Reason To Clutch His Jesus Piece 

Game's fifth solo album, Jesus Piece, marked the lowest chart debut in the rapper's decade-long career. At #5, the Geffen Records release reunited Game with longtime collaborator Kanye West on the title track. One of the album's singles, "Celebration," united Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and Lil Wayne over a sample of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's classic "1st Of Tha Month." Incidentally, Game brought all five members of BTNH together for the "Celebration" remix. On the Best Buy version of Jesus Piece, Game included "Blood Of Christ," a diss record prominently aimed at Tony Yayo and Shyne.

Vicious Week For Big Boi

OutKast's Big Boi released his second Def Jam solo album in Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors. The release failed to enter the Top 30, debuting at #33. Following the Funk-infused Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son Of Chico Dusty, this effort features an array of out-of-genre acts, including Little Dragon, Phantogram and Wavves. V.L.A.D.R. sold less than half of the first-week units scanned in 2010. Interestingly, Dungeon Family brethren Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob out-sold Big Boi with his Holiday album, which has been at retail for over seven weeks. Big Boi's current single "In The A" features Ludacris and T.I., which is co-produced by longtime Dungeon Family affiliate C-Bone.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/16/2012

#5. Game - Jesus Piece - 86,000 (87,000)

#8. Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire - 61,000 (298,000)

#14. Rihanna - Unapologetic - 51,000 (420,000)

#25. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 40,000 (182,000)

#28. Cee Lo Green - Cee Lo's Magic Moment - 36,000 (113,000)

#33. Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - 30,000 (30,000)

#40. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 24,000 (506,000)

#65. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -  The Heist - 12,000 (176,000)

#82. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up - 9,800 (759,000)

#103. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 7,800 (274,000)

* 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.

Will T.I.'s Trouble Man cause a stir in the Top 3? Check back next week on HipHopDX.

Last week's album sales.

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  • Jake
    The Game did good considering he only had Celebration that peeked at 82 on billboard, but he worked his ass off with the promotion. I'm actually really pleased with the sales based on 1 single that was garbage. It's time Game does a solo album cause nobody wants to listen to all these wack features. Jesus Piece is gonna go GOLD in 2 years.
  • Anonymous
    "Banks had a Gold single that literally funded his entire album" That song should have re-launched Banks though. Instead he seems MIA.
    • Anonymous
      Banks aint MIA, just not on a major but he got some good music out.
  • Anonymous
    "Here's a hint, a label (even his, Def Jam) is not giving Big Boi a budget like Drake nor are they expecting him to sell like Drake" That was not a low budget album though, so you better believe Big Boi's label cares about those numbers.
    • Anonymous
      How would you know?
  • 40 Glocc
    You guys are non thankful, you guys just like the tight skinny jean music. No one respects gangsta rap anyway and good lyricism. Because of ya'll hip hop is dying, it is a great album and i bought that shit. Go listen to soulja boy and lil b base god you losers.
    • Grandmaster Caz
      Have you ever realized that MC's in the 70's/80's were wearing skinny ass jeans as well???
    • 40 Glocc
      So you're telling me you wear skinny jeans lol fag
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    game career was ok could have been better good luck with rolex records
  • Anonymous
    sales dont mean anything anymore, no artist gonna sell like game did with documentary or doctors advocate or 50 did with grodt and massacre. now getting gold is like multiple platnium. music industry sucks anyway im happy they lose money because internet
    • taylor swift
      gold is gold plat is plat hip hop is not major anymore that's it
  • Anonymous
    5 albums deep and game still wont release a solo album smh
    • yolo
      he cant
  • Anonymous
    Xzibit had the album of the year go out and buy it
    • Anonymous
      Stop lying to the youth.
    • Goldie Loc
      ^^^ LOL ehtered this nigga
  • Anonymous
    Young Money still buying Minaj record. Or the woman who acts like a 8 year old child is buying her own.
  • BeanTown Breezy
    Kendrick STILL banging them numbers out.respect to the kiiiiid.
    • Anonymous
      why not?? jp is wack
    • Anonymous
      TI will go past 200k, maybe he'll reach 300k
    • Anonymous
      Tip got 87k right now...
    • Anonymous
      85k? bang smh
    • Anonymous
      it is a bang.
    • Anonymous
      hahaha funny
  • jerryc
    actually it does have to do with the musics quality..Record labels have decided to try and tamper with the albums; making them more pop and trying to sell more singles. The reality is, a great album will outself an album with a coupel singles and mediocre filler anyday. People generally will buy what is pushed on them, but the great albums will gain critical acclaim and word of mouth, and the artist will have more longevity. The next album of that artist will then sell more....unlike a one hit wonder
    • Anonymous
      "The reality is, a great album will outself an album with a coupel singles and mediocre filler anyday." Nigga, GKMC>>>>>>>C4 but that shit ain't going plat so what the fuck is u talmbout?
    • Anonymous
      @ 1st Anonymous...how many fuckin albums does Wayne have...??9 fuckin albums...while Kendrick has 2...and let it be known his first album was released under Top Dawg Entertainment...Wayne will go down in rap history as the homo retarded rapper who brought gay shit into this culture and he kissed a man on his lips...he never dissed nobody cuz he was a bitchmade nigga,he kissed Eminem's ass for a collab,he even got dissed in those songs by Em...he created a pathetic crew made outta soft niggas and crazy bitches...in 2-3 years GKMC will become a classic
  • K-Dot
    I stay winning Ya Bish... GKMC
    • shh
      KENDRICK...THE FOUNDER OF TRAP/HOP TIP is "not" a RAT...HE LOOKS LIKE "MIGHTY MOUSE"...*smile KL506...DAZ WAZUP!..506,000...TDE # "weirdo" label..*smile