Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/6/2013

posted Wednesday January 09 ,2013 at 08:17AM CST | 213 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/6/2013

The year starts off with Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" leading the pack for Hip Hop on the charts, with T.I. not far behind.

T.I. and Kendrick Lamar set off 2013 by going back-to-back on the charts. After Tip's Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head had an impressively strong debut on the charts two weeks ago, he is edged out only by Kendrick Lamar on this week's SoundScan, with good kid, m.A.A.d city pulling ahead by one spot at No. 14.

Further down the chart, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' collaborative debut The Heist continues to post numbers following the success of their breakout single "Thrift Shop," which was certified platinum this week. Wiz Khalifa's O.N.F.I.C. slipped further down the charts, dropping from No. 22 to 33, while 2 Chainz's Based on a T.R.U. Story bumped up from No. 47 to 39.

The first week of the New Year wasn't as strong for Hip Hop as usual, mostly due to the fact that there haven't been any major releases in the past few weeks. Check below to see where this week's albums sit.

Kendrick Lamar Perseveres With good kid, m.A.A.d city

Even leading into the New Year, Kendrick Lamar's success story proves to be one of music's greatest products of 2012. After initially bowing at No. 2 with 242,000 copies sold following its release on October 22nd, good kid, m.A.A.d city leads the pack for Hip Hop releases on this week's chart, moving up from No. 17 to 14 with 36,000 copies sold. It was just hundreds of copies ahead of Tip's Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, which is gradually heading towards gold certification. K. Dot's bump on the charts could have something to do with the recent release of his music video for "Backseat Freestyle," which was inexplicably removed from YouTube after less than 24 hours on the web.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Hijack The Charts With The Heist

While Kendrick Lamar could be considered 2012's greatest success story, Seattle's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are looking to be 2013's. The pair independently released their collaborative full-length debut The Heist back in October, making a strong bow at No. 2 with 78,000 copies sold. Based on the success of their now platinum-certified lead single "Thrift Shop," the guys continue to reign on the charts, surging from No. 46 to 21, even though they sold 23,000 copies - only 1,000 more than last week. Still, the duo's accomplishments show that major label backing may not be the way to go for artists on the rise.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/30/2012

#14. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 36,000 (620,000)

#15. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 36,000 (288,000)

#21. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 23,000 (237,000)

#33. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 16,000 (268,000)

#39. 2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story - 14,000 (492,000)

#44. Game - Jesus Piece - 14,000 (160,000)

#49. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 12,000 (91,000)

#62. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 9,000 (304,000)

#73. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up - 7,000 (792,000)

#125. Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - 4,000 (53,000)

* 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 Kendrick Lamar top T.I. on next week's charts? Check back next week on HipHopDX.

Last week's album sales.

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Comments 213 Posts

  • QUEEN MINAJ
    YES BITCHES HEADING FOR 1,000,000 SOLD PINK FRIDAY ;)
  • Jake
    Somebody tell me what they think will happen if Game does a album say 15 tracks and 5-6 features, do u think that'll sell better than RED and JP?
  • doesntfuccinmatter
    K. LAMAR NOT GOING PLAT! TWO CHAINS FINNA GO GOLD TOO! MEEK AND TIP WILL BE BY SPRING!
    • Anonymous
      meek not going gold ever
    • Anonymous
      they said lamar would never go gold and look how fast that happened dont believe me just watch
    • Nuff said...
      @doesntfuccinmatter.....you stupid... nuff said....
  • Corey From Da Boot State
    Chief Keef's album sales should be alot higher because I tried to buy his cd twice & they was sold out both times.
    • Anonymous
      ...why?? lmao!
  • dr dre
    yo its ur boy dre, kendrick not going platinium.. he is going to 800k maxium, me and jimmy iovine staying with headphones.. rap money sucks bad, even 50 is worthless for me now.
    • Anonymous
      800,000 sales = $8 million to the label.. rap money does not suck bad
  • Anonymous
    Where Nas wack ass at?
    • Anonymous
      Not giving a fuck what you haters say. Get a life.
  • wouzi
    i swear kendrick is going platinum n tip,wiz,meek and game flopped real bad. congrats to macklemore for getting indie money
  • Anonymous
    congrats kendrick, TI album aint no great shakes just my opinion it aint no paper trail thats for sure
  • K-Dot
    I stay winning... Ya Bish!!!
    • Anonymous
      people don't STAY WINNING you clown, u need to improve your game 24/7 go to school young nigga
  • Come On
    Whats wrong with the world??? Game's album should be atleast at 300k by now as it is one of the best albums of 2012 easily...and how the hell is chief keef out selling big boii I'm starting to lose faith in hip hop listners BIGTIME!!!
  • 2 TERMZ
    trouble man - 175k 1st week sales GFID - 218k 1st week Yet Ti is more RESPECTED in the hiphop world, WTF!?!?!?!?!?
    • Anonymous
      you cant compare ti CAREER to a guys first album doing good
  • bill
    T.I is loosing his commercial appeal despite being the last n**** with real street cred. Who knows why the album isn't as successful as say KING or PAPER TRAIL.
    • Anonymous
      Well paper trail had monster hits like swagger like us and live your life
    • Anonymous
      T.I. is still the same, it's just that hip hop fans are really fickle, constantly hyping up and supporting whoever they perceive to be who is hot right now. His little jail stints have hurt him a bit and a lot of fickle fans have already moved on.
  • ok
    Game sold 586K in first week on his debut and altogether 5 million. Kendrick did 1st week 240k and gone gold. Just saying
    • Anonymous
      different times
    • albanon
      Selling music in 2005 (the year The Documentary dropped) was much easier than selling music in 2012.
  • truth
    Kendrick is restoring my faith in mainstream hip hop.
  • Anonymous
    Yep. Kendrick is going Platinum.
  • Anonymous
    kdot is going plat easily. now its time for rock, q and soul to eat
  • dadukestin
    if anybody reading this hasn't copped big boi new album and considers themself to enjoy rap, buy it. It is the shit its a great combination of modern music and classic rap. none of these other albums compare. im just going to be pissed if big boi doesn't do anymore albums after his thrid one beacuse it goes double wood. damn how could you "real" hip hop heads do this. Even if you don't love a song off it cop it dawgie. this is the man reasabonable for birthing damn near every rapper with a career and without one. big bois gotta do fucking remixes of andres guest verse song which is chill but lame that he can't make his own shit and people can't support him. big boi is the one creative and illest to do it. is he rally going to have to do a song with justin bieber to get his, damn where's the love?
    • Key
      I really didn't like the album and I bought It. It seems like he wasn't really trying to appeal to the real hip hop fans and had geared It more towards the skinny jeans wearing/edm listener crowd.
  • Sha-Elemental
    @ ETK & Looga I don't know WHERE THE HELL Y'ALL ARE FROM - but in the hood WHITE BOYS DON'T COME SIDEWAYS OUT OF THEY MOUTH AND SAY SHIT - TO NO NIGGA! Half the time white boys got whooped back in the day just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time - I know it ain't right, but it is what it is. Y'all on some fantasy land shit talking bout race ain't matter about dissing, if it's beef it's beef. Yeah right. The only white boys that fixed they mouth to say some shit to a nigga was one that happened to be connected to somebody - USUALLY SOME NIGGAS WITH CLOUT. Just like the 1999 Eminem versus the 2003 Eminem.
    • Jacc
      You really should get off that crack pipe tho
  • Deadboy90
    SMH... Game's album should be top 3 at least, its one of the best of 2012.
  • imTravi
    How the hell is Keef outselling Big Boi?! This shit is crazy
  • Looga
    Kendrick Lamar these days is what Game used to be in 2005.
    • Anonymous
      without 50 cent writing his hits
  • jstay
    What about if game went independent? that could be profitable for him right?
  • Anonymous
    "Yes, they are" Both Wale and Ross went gold. How again is that flopping??? Chime in anytime.
    • Anonymous
      No, they didn't.
  • Anonymous
    "props to dmx for not getting arrested in over 1 year" Maybe he should run a red light just for the hell of it.