Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/17/2013

posted Wednesday March 20 ,2013 at 09:27AM CDT | 109 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/17/2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" falls over a dozen spots, while Pitbull's "Global Warming" gains nearly 50.

For the second consecutive week, there were no critical additions in the Hip Hop community on the Top 200 charts. Glam Rock and Hair Rock took the top of the charts this week, with Bon Jovi at #1 and David Bowie at #2.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' independently-released juggernaut The Heist dropped 13 spots to #17, despite an active South By Southwest presence, including a live-streamed showcase. Pitbull, further from his Hip Hop roots than ever, climbed 43 spots with his 2012 Polo Grounds/RCA Records album, Global Warming.

Pitbull Warns The Globe

Miami, Florida veteran rapper-turned-Pop star Pitbull made that impressive 43 spot climb with his Global Warning. The November album featured production from Polow Da Don, with vocal assistance by Chris Brown and Usher. Pit has come a long way from his days with Luke Records, but it's safe to say that Money Is A Major Issue no more.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are Breathing Down A Gold Heist

Seattle, Washington veteran duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are possibly a week away from crossing the 500,000 lines with The Heist. The group's success on the late 2012 album remains a case study in the independent music community. The 29 year-old emcee included Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Band Of Horses' Ben Birdwell on his most significant album to date, in an extensive catalog of EPs and a previous LP, The Language Of My World.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/17/2013

#17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 23,000 (472,000)

#27. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 15,000 (794,000)

#29. Pitbull - Global Warming - 14,000 (243,000)

#44. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 10,000 (294,000)

#54. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 8,200 (428,000)

#77. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 5,600 (570,000)

#85. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. - 5,000 (347,000)

#105. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 4,200 (148,000)

 #125. Game - Jesus Piece - 3,400 (213,000)

#145. Joe Budden - No Love Lost - 3,000 (60,000)

* 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 any of 2013's underground-praised indie albums sneak into the Top 200 before Spring? Check back on HipHopDX.

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Comments 109 Posts

  • Jake
    Its a shame they didnt put Game here cause he charted!! Fuck you haters! #156 http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200?page=7
  • wouzi
    keep getting my nigga macklemore. wiz, gameand meek flopped real bad. why the fuck is tip not selling records no more? tip you done, give up
    • smokey robinson
      stop hatin'& eat a dick u bastard.
  • Satanic Racist
    What is the most confusing holiday in the black community? Fathers Day
  • Anonymous
    "are you blind? shit was posted like 3 comments below" You sound like you're on the rag. Watch your fucking mouth and say it politely next time.
  • Anonymous
    Anyone know the total for GFID?
    • Anonymous
      are you blind? shit was posted like 3 comments below as of 2 or 3 weeks ago it was at 519,889
  • Anonymous
    "claiming game and chief keef had no promotion and they sold 5 or 10 times more than that in a week" Keef is likely going to be dropped from his label, and Game has had two back to back sales flops. Yeah, they pushed more than Rule, but remember too Rule was blacklisted there for awhile, so to even get an album out should be seen as a small victory.
  • Nick T
    wait, how much has GFID sold? 490k?
    • Anonymous
      519,889 as of a 2 weeks ago
  • Anonymous
    "i just looked it up and it seriously hasnt even sold 10k yet!" PIL 2 got zero promotion, so in a way, 7-8k isn't bad for an album not many people knew even came out.
    • Anonymous
      naw nigga. selling under 8k for ja rule just proves his career really is over! promotion or not. people claiming game and chief keef had no promotion and they sold 5 or 10 times more than that in a week
  • Anonymous
    "Or maybe he will. Give him a few months" True. What's shocking is Pitbull has sold more than Game. The Pope considers that a sin.
  • Anonymous
    Kendrick might not go platinum.
    • Anonymous
      Or maybe he will. Give him a few months.
    • Anonymous
      nicki's platinum and she only sold 822k so he going platinum for sure
  • Satanic Racist
    Q: What do you call an apartment building full of blacks? A: A Coon-dominium
    • Come On
      @Satanic Racist and what do we call some like you? A DOUCHEBAG in all caps letters too.
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule's PIL2 is outselling all these nigga's albums combined without a radio or video hit. No one can stop the Mighty Ja. Murdaaaa!!!
    • Anonymous
      stop lying to yourself that album sold 3200 first week! i just looked it up and it seriously hasnt even sold 10k yet! WOW
    • Anonymous
      that shit is RIAA CERTIFIED CARDBOARD
    • Annoyed
      @Anonymous I really wish this loser would find another site to make Ja rule jokes on or hiphopdx would just block him. I hope Ja rule finds out who you are and punches you in your two front Big teeth!!! I'm started to think you fantasize about him since you bring him up so much.
  • Anonymous
    I think its time for game to drop a solo album instead of industry mixtapes
    • jerryc
      I dont care what you want to call it, that game cd was maybe the best cd this year. Lots of replay value and sampled beats(which have suddenly gone missing in this game of southern trap style sound).
    • rmacq112
      Jesus Piece was trash. I used to be a big game fan, fuck record sales. they don't matter at all to me as a fan. his last 2 albums were SHIT. DICKRIDER, aint talking shit to you. game Dickrides for 50 minutes every fucking album
    • toppa shot
      i agree with mac. game's last two albums have been doodoo. too many distractions on them joints. there's only a few true solo mc's left.
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    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. Here's what I do Rich45.com_