Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/13/2013

posted Wednesday January 16 ,2013 at 09:21AM CST | 149 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/13/2013

2 Chainz truly gets his gold album in "Based On A T.R.U. Story" while Chief Keef is breathing down his first six-figures in album sales.

In the second week of 2013, no new Hip Hop additions cracked the Top 200. However, a shuffle took place in the rankings, with T.I. re-claiming the top spot with his Trouble Man. Additionally, one major label vet hit a powerful point in his promotion, while an artist 18 years younger is on the cusp of his first six-figure achievement in sales.

Next week's appearance of A$AP Rocky's LongLiveA$AP may bid for a #1 spot and inevitably shake things up, as this week remains the last true carry-over from 2012.

2 Chainz' Based On A T.R.U. Story Eclipses Gold 500,000 Sales Mark

Arguably the biggest Def Jam Records star of 2012, 2 Chainz has finally reached the gold benchmark with his solo debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story. Released in August, the 25 year-old G.O.O.D Music affiliate's break-out since Playaz Circle featured Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne as well as Scarface. Production was divided between The-Dream, Mike WiLL Made It, 40, Mike Posner and others. The album reached gold in 22 weeks.

Chief Keef's Finally Rich Nearly Reaches 100,000 In Sales

Chicago street sensation Chief Keef is breathing down a benchmark of his own with his studio debut, Finally Rich. The Interscope Records-backed teen star still maintained a Top 50 appearance after four weeks on the chart. The Glory Boys Entertainment artist's album is extensively produced by Young Chop, with appearances by Interscope label-mates (and current nemeses) 50 Cent and French Montana, along with Rick Ross.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/13/2013

#13. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 23,000 (312,000)

#20. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 19,000 (639,000)

#24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 17,000 (254,000)

#36. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 12,000 (280,000)

#41. Game - Jesus Piece - 9,800 (170,000)

#43. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 9,600 (502,000)

#50. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 8,100 (99,000)

#79. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up - 4,900 (797,000)

#116. Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - 3,300 (57,000)

#195. Nas - Life Is Good - 1,800 (349,000)

* 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 A$AP Rocky grab a rookie #1 debut in LongLiveA$AP? Check back next week on HipHopDX.

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  • NYerForLife
    um 2 Chainz is 35.
  • Corey
  • bizzalls
    People! Nas has been in the game for like 20 years!! To still be able to sell 350,000 copies is amazing! AND, he didn't even have a hit single! Everyone knows it's all about having a big hit single to really sell big (for the most part). It's NAS' goddamn 13th album for Christ sakes! 95% of artists do NOT have that type of longevity! The only artists who have stood the test of time so far are: Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye, Dr. Dre (if you say he drops no albums, well he's a huge influence on hip hop, and you know damn well if he drops Detox that shit is gonna sell!) Nas, The Roots, possibly Outkast, and Ludacris, and possibly 50 Cent. The Roots still end up selling 100,000 copies which is damn good after 20 something years. I don't think I am missing anyone. That's my point, there's only a handful of hip hop artists who have done this. That's why it's the biggest joke to compare someone like Meek Mill's album sales to Nas album sales. Let's see where Meek Mill is in 20 years in the rap game.
    • Anonymous
      50 Cent - no. His new album will barely sell anything
    • Anonymous
      Outkast haven't put out anything in years.. how is that longevity?
  • Anonymous
    "Rick Ross didn't put out a great album" True, but it still went gold.
    • Anonymous
      No, it didn't.
  • gumbeekjn
    dat nigga 2 chainz is 35...dont be tellin folks he 25...nigga old as fuck. props to him though
      35 is old as fuck??? Get the fuck outta here man..
  • S
    Who actually brought 2 Chainz? Waste of money .
  • lance armstrong
    yo shout out to rick rozay, u need to follow my blue print and confess to oprah about your past homie then its all good
  • notsuprised
    i hear things like oh poor so and so...they ONLY sold 500k. THATS ALOT OF ALBUMS!
  • notsuprised
    funny how people are acting suprised at the low sales...THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE DOWNLOAD MUSIC INSTEAD OF BUYING IT.
    • Anonymous
      wow thanks for breaking that down for us, we had no idea why album sales have been declining years but you figured it out! good job!
  • Sean
    Nas fans or stans stop making excuses about Nas not selling, his career has peaked. It's okay, Hov and Em careers will eventually peak too.It's a natural occurence that happens to all great artists. Just how Prince and Stevie Wonder always put out efforts but they barely sell.
    • 614grind
      Not selling? 300k is doing great for a Hip Hop album theses days. Especially for a guy who's on his 13th album getting no radio play. Do the science yungin.
  • Brandon
    2 Chainz is not 25, hell naw. How in the world is Big Boi's album not selling?????? Proves to say, that even with a great album (Rick Ross) album sales don't mean sh*t!
    • Anonymous
      Rick Ross didn't put out a great album.
  • Big C
    yall can hate on Nas all u want too....for him not to have no big time promotion for Life is Good and selling over 300k is dam good!!! Name a rapper that been in the game for 20yrs that can do that with little promotions?? My point exactly!!
  • jase
    damn. big boi may not even break 100,000 when all is said and done. and he from outkast. crazy...
  • skoolzdateacha
    UHM, OH YES...troll on and hate good nite/night...
  • Anonymous
    "It's all marketing" Marketing and the fact 2 Chainz is appearing on as many songs as possible. With exposure like that even Joe Budden could go gold. On second thought lol
  • skoolzdateacha
    Def Jam wrong for selling Nas album for 15 bucks for 6 months...its reflected in sales, consider a 2chainz gold lp for 10 vs. nas #'s for 15. Hmmm
    • Anonymous
    • Small Window
      Best Buy has Nas for 11.99, 2 Chanz for 13.99 and Nicki Minaj for 11.99. Stop with all your hating azz lies. Nas had a good run, but he about to become Big Daddy Kane, Kwame, Rakim and all the other classic rappers, who can't go gold anymore. Everybody gets a turn on top. Vanilla Ice, LL Cool J, Ja Rule, 50 Cents, DMX, MC Hammer ,Tone Loc, Crucial Conflict, Kriss Kross, Nelly and the list goes on.
    • Anonymous
      next week you can take 50Cent out of that list.
    • Menor do Chapa
      ^^ Oh is that so? OK fuckboi just watch that nigga flop hard like a bitch then come talk to me
  • Who The Fuck I Be?! Harold Johnson From The CPT
    Y'all see how Chief's record sales will rise up after he gets killed
    • ...
      So we can burn them and forget he ever existed?
  • Anonymous
    "No they are not" They're out selling boring ole Nas whose about to fall out of the top 200. Talk about a Firm Fiasco.
  • Anonymous
    Eminem, probably the only rapper that will go platinum in a week.