Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/2/2013

posted Wednesday June 05 ,2013 at 09:35AM CDT | 230 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/2/2013

The-Dream's hit-and-miss sales streak continues with "IV Play." Now signed to a major label, Kid Ink continues to be a permanent force with "Almost Home EP."

This week, there were two new additions to the charts. For the second year straight, Los Angeles, California emcee Kid Ink tackled the Top 200 digitally, without marketing or promotion. Now backed by RCA Records, the longtime indie artist struck again with his Almost Home EP, scoring a Top 30 debut.

For the second time in a row, Radio Killa/Def Jam Records singing/songwriting sensation The-Dream missed the Top 10. His fifth studio album, IV Play, debuted at #16. The album features husband-and-wife duo Jay-Z and Beyonce, although on separate songs.

LL Cool J and Snoop Lion both left the Top 200, with Authentic and Reincarnated, respectively. Eve's Lip Lock hangs on at #192 for a third week, despite strong criticism of her fourth solo album.

The-Dream Gives The Charts A Little IV Play

The-Dream has had a complicated history with the charts. His 2009 sophomore album, Love Vs. Money earned a #2 for the longtime Def Jam artist. His acclaimed debut, 2007's Love Hate, was a #30 debut, though reaching gold in subsequent weeks. Following last year's #29 debut of Terius Nash: 1977, The-Dream swung upwards on the rankings with this year's IV Play.

His fifth album entered at #16, selling over 20,000 first-week copies. Premiered for free stream on VEVO before release, the album features G.O.O.D. Music roleplayers Big Sean and Pusha T, as well as Jay-Z, Beyonce and 2 Chainz.

Kid Ink Is A Quiet Sales Force

2012 DXnext artist Kid Ink continues to out-sell many of his peers. The Alumni Music Group artist who recently signed with RCA Records, continues to find commercial success in everything he releases. Following 2012's Top 20 debut of self-released Up & Away, the L.A. artist hit Top 30 with his digital EP, Almost Home.

The star-packed six-song EP features French Montana, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill and Wale. The project sold over 15,000 first-week units as Ink gears up for his major label full-length debut.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/2/2013

#1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories - 93,000 (432,000)

#7. The Great Gatsby Soundtrack - 36,000 (322,000)

#16. The-Dream - IV Play - 23,000 (23,000)

#18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 22,000 (776,000)

#21. French Montana - Excuse My French - 18,000 (74,000)

#27. Kid Ink - Almost Home EP - 15,000 (15,000)

#32. Lil Wayne - I Am Not A Human Being II - 12,000 (465,000)

#48. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 7,800 (913,000)

#192. Eve - Lip Lock - 2,300 (14,000)

#175. Gucci Mane - Trap House III - 2,500 (2,500)

* 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.

In a quiet week for the charts ahead, will The-Dream rise as he has before?

Last Week's Album Sales.

RELATED: Kid Ink Speaks About His Start In Music, Process for Picking Beats, And Getting Tattoos [2012 DXnext INTERVIEW]

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  • anonymous
    I prefer kanye west to JayZ. Problem is Why? Maybe his got more swag, more cool, more hiphop than JayZ.
  • RoyStarSoundSick
    What charts r yall using as a reference? Billboard, itunes? Let em kno in the title..
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule - #RULETALK EP August 6th produced entirely by Harry Farud, featuring French Montana, Rick Ross, Ashanti & more.
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule - #RULETALK EP August 6th produced entirely by Harry Farud, featuring French Montana, Rick Ross, Ashanti & more.
  • The B
    Who the fuck is Daft Punk?? It seems like the no names sell the most records! Pardon my ingorance I'm a 90's Hiphop fan.
    • Anonymous
      what are you like 13?
  • Anonymous
    The comments section of these weekly sales are always a war zone between fanbases over who's the best.
  • Anonymous
    "His career won't be like Jay and Nas, but it'll be like Yung Joc" Young Joc was worth $10 million not to long ago. Not bad for a has been.
    • Anonymous
      That's what those ringtone sales can do.
  • Anonymous
    "French still flopped" He'll make the difference up on the streets.
    • Anonymous
      By selling drugs.
    • Anonymous
      by selling his booty to birdman
  • KING YEBO
    FEW FACTS: - WE NEED NEW LUPE FIASCO ALBUM - LIL WAYNE IS ON HIS WAY TO GOLD - CHIEF KEEF IS NOT GOING TO RELEASE ANOTHER ALBUM (I HOPE) - KENDRICK WILL NOT GO PLATINUM (MAYBE IN FALL) - EVE FLOPPED SO HARD - GUCCI'S ALBUM IS GREAT, COP THAT SHIT! - THE-DREAM RECORDED ANOTHER R&B CLASSIC, WHY HE DID NOT DO BETTER? - LIL WAYNE HAS THE BEST-SELLING HIP HOP ALBUM THIS YEAR, YMCMB IS KILLING THE GAME #KINGYEBO
    • Anonymous
      Wrong. Gucci's album is shit, Kendrick will be platinum in the beginning of summer, Wayne does not have the best selling hip-hop album of the year, and YMCMB aren't killing anything.
    • KING YEBO
      YOU ARE WRONG. HOW THE HELL IS KENDRICK GOING TO BE PLATINUM IN THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER? HIS SALES WILL DECREASE EVERY WEEK, JUST DO YOUR MATHS, THIS WEEK HE SOLD 7,800, NEXT WEEK HE MAY PUSH BETWEEN 6 AND 7K, IT IS GOING PLATINUM BY SUMMER ONLY IN YOUR WET KENDRICK DREAMS. WAYNE DOES HAVE THE BEST SELLING HIP-HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR, JUST CHECK YOUR FACTS! KENDRICK AND MACKLEMORE ALBUMS WERE RELEASED IN 2012, NOT THIS YEAR.
    • Anonymous
      didnt lupe just put out an album?
    • Anonymous
      Wrong. Kendrick will be platinum in the beginning of summer and Wayne does not have the best selling hip-hop album of the year; as a matter of fact, Wayne's album is not hip-hop, it's hip-pop.
    • KING YEBO
      ITS HIPHOP!! KENDRICK AND MACKLEMORE ARE GAY POP SHIT!!
    • Anonymous
      You got that backwards. Wayne, not Kendrick & Macklemore, is gay pop shit, not hip-hop.
    • dentaldamboy
      Yebo got it forwards and dickboy got it backwards.
    • Anonymous
      Both YEBO and dentaldambitch got it backwards.
    • Anonymous
      Ja Rule - #RULETALK EP August 6th produced entirely by Harry Farud, featuring French Montana, Rick Ross, Ashanti & more.
    • dentaldamboy
      It's dentaldamboy idiot.
  • Anonymous
    www.reverbnation/4evarula
    • Anonymous
      Ja Rule - #RULETALK EP August 6th produced entirely by Harry Farud, featuring French Montana, Rick Ross, Ashanti & more.
  • dentaldamboy
    No shit I used Chris Etrata's name. You all want to use my name, I use on of your's. Anyway, Montana's going to rule.
    • Anonymous
      No, he's not.
    • dentaldamboy
      How do you know?
    • Anonymous
      How would you know if he's gonna rule anything if he can't even outsell most popular rappers out now?
    • dentaldamboy
      Nas and Jay Z and Eminem also struggled.
    • Anonymous
      They were signed to indie labels unlike French.
    • Anonymous
      You can't compare French to those three legends. They're an infinity times over that nigga.
    • Anonymous
      *as French's
    • Anonymous
      Nas, Jay Z, and Eminem's debuts didn't have as much hype, promotion, and features and French's.
    • dentaldamboy
      Yes I can compare them. They started off in the same place. YOu think Columbia Records is an independent label?
    • Anonymous
      No, you can't. They didn't start at the same place. Nas, Jay Z, and Eminem didn't release a bunch of mixtapes like French and they didn't have his hype and promotion. Also, none of them were signed to Columbia Records.
    • Anonymous
      If French's next album can sell over 150k 1st week, then I'll believe you.
    • Anonymous
      which could never happen. hes never going to have a song bigger than pop that but watch him try to recreate it a few times
    • dentaldamboy
      Nas was signed to columbia records. Not today be he signed with them for 10 years. Illmatic was released and bombed back when albums were selling. Montana will have bigger and bigger hits.
    • Anonymous
      Stay being delusional and making up lies.
    • Anonymous
      Montana is never gonna have a bigger hit than Pop That.
    • Anonymous
      Illmatic didn't have as much hype, promotion, and features as Excuse My French, so it did okay.
    • dentaldamboy
      Everyone said the same thing about eminem, nas, and jay z and yet they had much bigger hits. Montana will have hits too. Illmatic had tons and tons of hype, if not guest so it was considered a failure when it did not make it to top 10. It had legs however and so will this one, even if it takes years.
    • Anonymous
      No, they didn't. Montana will have one hit. Illmatic did not have a lot of hype and a lot of guest features. Excuse My French will be forgotten in time.
    • dentaldamboy
      They said the same thing about eminem, nas, and Jay Z and look how it turned out. Montana will follow the same path.
    • Anonymous
      No, they didn't you lying ass nigga. They never said that about Em, Nas, and Jay. French will never follow the same path as those three EVER. Stop dickriding French Montana's wack ass like he's your brother.