As projected, Justin Timberlake did not budge—not even for Lil Wayne, with his 20/20 Experience. The former N*Sync front-man maintained a #1 spot, smashing the million-sold benchmark as easily predicted. One of music's biggest stars and centered around a month-long media blitz concerning his health, Lil Wayne landed comfortably at #2 with I Am Not A Human Being II, the sequel to his late 2010 Rock/Rap experiment.
Also making the charts was Strange Music's Punk-inspired duo, Ces Cru. The Kansas City, Missouri natives' first full-length, a self-titled effort, conquered the Top 100. Sixteen years to the month from when he was tragically murdered in Los Angeles, California, one of Hip Hop's lyrical giants, The Notorious B.I.G. also popped back into the Top 200, with Bad Boy Records' Greatest Hits project.
Lil Wayne Says I Am Not A Human Being, Again
I Am Not A Human Being II, Lil Wayne's tenth solo full-length, sold over 200,000 units. That achievement was still over 100,000 units behind Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience, denying Weezy his first #1, since 2010's The Rebirth also came in at #2. This effort did out-sell its I Am Not A Human Being predessor by 100,000 first-week units. However, that 2010 effort was a digital exclusive upon release, with no physical CDs until later.
Wayne's latest featured YMCMB's Drake, Gudda Gudda and throwback Boo (of early '00s Cash Money duo Boo & Gotti), however Mr. Carter opened up the personnel to include former lover Trina, Juicy J, Gunplay and even Soulja Boy, among others. This album includes early glimpse "Love Me" and street effort, "Rich As Fuck." The Deluxe Version includes the Young Money & G.O.O.D Music olive-branch effort, "My Homies Still," with Big Sean.
Drake's Take Care Climbs 50 Spots, Nearly Crosses 2 Million Mark
As the rollout for third studio album, Nothing Was The Same is underway, Drake's 2011 sophomore, Take Care continues to tackle the charts. The effort shot up to #75 from #126 the previous week, more than doubling its previous week sales. The Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown flagship release is on the heels of 2 million certified sales. This far exceeds Drake's 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, which crossed the 1.5 million mark, just over a year ago.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/31/2013
#1. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience - 318,000 (1,287,000)
#2. Lil Wayne - I Am Not A Human Being II - 217,000 (217,000)
#15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 30,000 (526,000)
#35. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 16,000 (824,000)
#63. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 9,200 (312,000)
#75. Drake - Take Care - 7,500 (1,998,000)
#92. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 6,000 (441,000)
#98. Ces Cru - Constant Energy Struggles - 5,400 (5,400)
#113. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 4,800 (581,000)
#198. The Notorious B.I.G. - Greatest Hits - 3,100 (694,000)
* 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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