Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/3/2013
A$AP Rocky's debut studio album "Long.Live.A$AP" slides down the charts, while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis get a slight uptick with "The Heist."
Now in his third week on the charts, A$AP Rocky continues to hold onto the top 20 with his debut studio album Long.Live.A$AP, which dips out of the top 10 with a decrease in sales. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are closing in on the Harlem, New York emcee with their independent debut The Heist, which creeps down a spot from last week but keeps selling strong on the strength of their chart-topping hit "Thrift Shop."
The sole Hip Hop artist to make a splash on the charts was Da' T.R.U.T.H., whose latest album Love, Hope & War sold just enough to land the Christian rapper's latest in the top 100.
Check below to see who had the strongest week on the charts.
A$AP Rocky Lives Long On The Charts
A$AP Rocky has been selling strong. After making his name on the mixtape circuit over the past few years, the Harlem, New York native parlayed buzz from his breakout project Live.Love.A$AP - as well as appearances on T.I.'s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head and Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - to score a chart-topping entry three weeks back. His first week at retail closed in on 140,000 copies sold, which was enough to beat out Kidz Bop 23 by 58,000 units.
After sliding from No. 1 to 7, the RCA/Polo Grounds continues to descend to No. 13 with 25,000 copies sold, distinctively less than the 38,000 he moved last week. The placement puts him between Local Natives' Hummingbird and a compilation of tracks from the 2013 Grammy nominees, and ups his overall sales to 201,000 copies. Rocky, who responded to Tyler, The Creator's criticism of "Fuckin' Problems" last week, has received critical acclaim for the LP, which features guest appearances from Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz, and has spawned a pair of singles from the album including "Goldie" and "Fuckin' Problems," which was recently certified gold.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Hold On Strong With The Heist
That Macklemore and Ryan Lewis reign just won't let up. After bowing at No. 2 with The Heist last October with 78,000 copies sold, the Seattle-based duo has continued to thrive thanks to the success of their now double-platinum-certified single "Thrift Shop," which has resided atop the charts for the past few weeks. This week, the album dips just a bit from No. 14 to 16, moving an additional 21,000 copies for a total tally of 313,000, which means the LP is slowly moving towards the gold-certified mark.
The group also recently shot a video for "Can't Hold Us," which could keep the momentum of The Heist sustained..
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/27/2013
#13. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 25,000 (201,000)
#16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 21,000 (313,000)
#21. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 17,000 (693,000)
#33. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 14,000 (359,000)
#51. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 8,000 (523,000)
#54. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 7,500 (305,000)
#68. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 5,600 (117,000)
#80. Game - Jesus Piece - 4,800 (187,000)
#81. Da' T.R.U.T.H. - Love, Hope & War - 4,700 (4,800)
#97. Future - Pluto - 3,900 (266,000)
* 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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