Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/24/2013

posted Wednesday March 27 ,2013 at 08:45AM CDT | 152 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/24/2013

Predictions for Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" had clear vision. Swollen Members' tenth album "Beautiful Death Machine" also tackles the Top 200.

As projected, Justin Timberlake shattered the charts (and some sales expectations) with 20/20 Experience. The album sold nearly a million records in its first week, the highest achievement on the charts so far in 2013. What's more, with reports that a sequel could be released by Thanksgiving, Justin may need a few tuxedos to go with his "Suit & Tie."

On the Rap side of things, Canadian veterans Swollen Members also shook things up with the first new Hip Hop album to crack the charts in three weeks.

Justin Timberlake Has 20/20 Chart Experiences

Pop/R&B maintay Justin Timberlake and musical partner Timbaland did it again—six and a half years later. Timberlake's 20/20 Experience is a critically-heralded album met with strong commercial reaction, moving just under 970,000 first-week units for RCA Records, a division of Justin's longtime Sony home.

The HipHopDX review touted, "The 20/20 Experience should have a bite as equal as its bark. It doesn’t; but it’s still damn good." The album features nine of the 10 original tracks going over five minutes, with dynamic vocals and production. In addition to Timbaland's involvement throughout, JT enlisted Jay-Z on the album's "Suit & Tie" single. 

Swollen Members Drive A Beautiful Death Machine To The Charts

Veteran Vancouver, British Columbia trio Swollen Members delivered their tenth album to the masses last week. The Suburban Noize Records flagships of Madchild, Prevail and Rob The Viking sold nearly 3,000 first-week units of Beautiful Death Machine. This is the follow-up to 1997, released two years ago by the Juno Award winners.

The album features appearances by Army Of The Pharaohs/Demigodz' Apathy, Esoteric and Celph Titled ("Colossal Beats"). Also featured are Heavy Metal Kingz' Vinny Paz and Ill Bill, joined by La Coka Nostra's Slaine ("Death To You"). In addition to a bulk of Rob The Viking production, C-Lane contributed extensively to the musical direction of the album.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/24/2013

#1. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience - 968,000 (969,000)

#14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 24,000 (496,000)

#25. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 14,000 (808,000)

#48. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 8,600 (303,000)

#66. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 6,600 (435,000)

#70. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 5,800 (576,000)

#85. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. - 4,500 (352,000)

#102. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 3,800 (152,000)

#137. Swollen Members - Beautiful Death Machine - 2,900 (3,000)

#195. MGK - Lace Up - 2,300 (161,000)

* 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.

How will Lil Wayne's  I Am Not A Human Being II fare on the charts? Check back on HipHopDX.

Last Week's Album Sales.

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  • thando
    kendrick killed dis dis crowed lyk sum homocide pshco
  • Matt
    no one has seen numbers like this since before file sharing
  • Anonymous
    "Go back to watching Miami Vice reruns, listening to Pitbull and Birdman as well as Latino Rappers and maybe after that catch an episode of the Pauly D Show" You sound really close minded and bitter. May I ask if your parents are divorced? You've brought up Miami Vice so many times I honestly think you might be Don Johnson's son.
  • Possible nominees for Best Rap Album for the 56th Grammy Awards (based on what's out now):
    Good Kid, M.A.A.D City-Kendrick Lamar Long.Live.A$AP-A$AP Rocky Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head-T.I. The Heist-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dark horses/long shots: O.N.I.F.C.-Wiz Khalifa Jesus Piece-The Game Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors-Big Boi Dreams & Nightmares-Meek Mill future releases that could possibly get nominated (if they were released before September 30th): Nothing Is The Same-Drake Eminem's next album Kanye West's next album Born Sinner-J Cole Street King Immortal-50 Cent Jay-Z's next album
    • Anonymous
      Ja Rule > All that shit you listed.
  • YEBO
    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE MAKES REAL HIP-HOP FOR THE STREETS AND THE CLUBS AND PEOPLE ALWAYS LIKE HIM, GO AND BUY HIS RECORD. HE WAS EVEN A MEMBER OF THE MOST FAMOUS GANGSTA HIP-HOP GROUP EVER, N SYNC. I LIKE HIS FLOW AND HE GOT REAL CONSCIOUS LYRICS. ESPECIALLY THE SONG ABOUT BEING FRESH, SUIT N TIE WITH JAY-Z.
    • Anonymous
      That's a joke,right? JT is a pop artist and NSYNC is a boy band.
    • Anonymous
      dont even respond. hes trolling
  • Anonymous
    I notice Donnis hasn't responded. Hmmm.... When confronted with facts this lil bitch hides. Got anymore tidbits about Target or Mcdonalds, cocksucker? lol Maybe tommorow you can really top yourself by informing us that Chuck E. Cheese buys napkins in bulk.
  • Anonymous
    "you really bragging about shopping at best buy now?" Go back to watching Jersey Shore you lame faggot.
    • Anonymous
      Go back to watching Miami Vice reruns, listening to Pitbull and Birdman as well as Latino Rappers and maybe after that catch an episode of the Pauly D Show. I'm gonna go jerk off to J-Wows titties whats your excuse for all your fuckery?
  • Anonymous
    This has cost the industry something like 12 billion dollars, Donnis. Class most definately dismissed...
  • Anonymous
    According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), 30 billion songs were illegally downloaded between 2004 and 2009. Even with sites like iTunes and Rhapsody offering legal downloads, peer-to-peer file sharing still exists. Illegally downloading music has had a significant impact on the music industry resulting in a loss of profits and jobs, and changing how music is delivered to the masses.
    • Anonymous
      what does this have to do with anything?
  • Anonymous
    "NO LABEL is waiting for Wal-mart, Target, Best Buy, AND other retailers to count up scans" Best Buy doesn't even stock many albums in bulk anymore. You'd know that if you got off the internet once in awhile and actually were around people. Not militia members.
    • Anonymous
      you really bragging about shopping at best buy now?
  • Anonymous
    ja rule, the new president of defjam when he gets out
  • Anonymous
    ja rule sold 91839021839021830921389021832190389201832109830128 records. let me see y'all do that
  • Anonymous
    everybody needs to buy pain is love 2 by ja rule
  • Anonymous
    ja rule gonn kill y'all
  • Anonymous
    ja rule sold 19180921830928309128309218329183029183291038 records.
  • Anonymous
    ja rule, 10 million sold with pain is love 2
  • Anonymous
    hiphopdx didn't put ja rule up 'cause they scared of ja rule's shiv. ja rule sold 10 mil with pil 2
  • Anonymous
    ja rule sells so many units, the units themselves run up in yo house and steal yo money so they could be bought
  • Anonymous
    ja rule wrote all these songs, that's why they sell so much
  • Anonymous
    btw, ja rule's pain is love 2 sold 10 million, and counting
  • Anonymous
    why this fag justin timperlake is on hiphopdx``?
    • Anonymous
      'cause ja rule wrote his album from jail, that's why it's so successful anyways
  • JT
    Weezy gonna go close to a milli with ianahb2! And broke ass haters will stay broke while Weezy stay rich
    • Anonymous
      sales projections say otherwise expected to do under 200k
    • 614grind
      Hate on what? Nobody's even checking for this bullshit compilation of throwaway tracks. Baby think he can just sell anything as long as it has Wayne on it and "part 2".
  • Eye Control
    Macklemore and Kendrick are my favorite rappers, but Macklemore has been my favorite since I heard gift shop on the radio. They are real rappers and I'm glad they are selling the most. And I'm not racist, I think Macklemore and his partner Ray Lewis make a nice gay couple, hip-hop needs equality. What they do is their business. Macklemore knew he was gay since 3rd grade, so he's been through a lot more than you guys hating.
    • Anonymous
      just stop dude. you are not funny anymore you are trying too hard
  • NasQ
    Anyone got Game's sales this week?
    • Anonymous
      safe to say it was around 3000 so add that to last week sales and you got around 215 000
  • donnis mac
    "Illegal downloading is costing the music industry millions" ^ WRONG! "Illegal Music Downloads Not Hurting Industry, Study Claims"-Time Magazine, 4 days ago NO LABEL is waiting for Wal-mart, Target, Best Buy, AND other retailers to count up scans. THEY ARE SELLING BY BULK, AND NOT USING YOUR MOM AND POP FORMULA.
  • Anonymous
    Wayne is on track for 210,000 high end estimate. Not bad for everybody and their drunk Uncle saying how much it sucked.
    • Anonymous
      still pretty bad compared to his past efforts and all those wayne stans saying he was gonna go platinum first week
    • 614grind
      That's not a good number for Wayne.
  • Anonymous
    "LOST CAUSE" Yes you are. But for the sake of grimey, in your face debate, why are you ok with awarding an album platinum status if you know the sales don't add up? I'm pretty sure you don't tabulate the shipping counts every week, so all you have to go on then are the sales totals each week. I'm not the first person to question this practice.
    • Anonymous
      im not saying its okay but if thats how its been done for year and year then you cant stop it now. unless they wanna start taking back platinum and gold records they gotta leave it be
  • Anonymous
    "and how many times have you been totally owned with facts on this website and just not responded?" Totally owned by who? lol I hit you with fact and perspective. Try it sometime. Oh, and I don't respond cause I have a life. Can't play all day, sport.
  • Anonymous
    papoose the nacirema dream the first week sales projection is 250k
    • Anonymous
      Lol Not in Papoose's wildest dreams.
  • Anonymous
    Game at #159 Check on billboard.com
  • Anonymous
    "arguing with quoteman is a lost cause" Half a man, I've beaten you down so many times my hand wants me to apologize.
    • Anonymous
      and how many times have you been totally owned with facts on this website and just not responded? too many to count bitch
  • Anonymous
    "BECUASE THATS HOW IT HAS WORKED FOR DECADES" No retard. For decades the big time artists actually sold what they bragged about. Fans bought the albums, so naturally nobody questioned the numbers. It's not like that now. Nobody calls up the stores and asks how many copies of GFID got shipped this week.
    • Anonymous
      LOST CAUSE