Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 11/17/2013

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Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 11/17/2013

This week, Eminem's "MMLP2" goes platinum, Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" stays in the Top 10 and Jhene Aiko and Bun B debut on the charts with "Sail Out EP" and "Trill O.G. The Epilogue," respectively.

This week on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, Eminem landed at #2 behind Lady Gaga's ARTPOP release. Eminem and Lady Gaga, both Interscope artists, were separated by approximately 50,000 units with the Top 2 albums for the week. 

Eminem's MMLP 2 Goes Platinum 

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 landed at #2 in this week's chart, selling approximately 210,000 units in its second week. The album, which sold more than 793,000 copies last week, has surpassed the platinum marker of a million copies sold. During this week's interview with BBC Radio 1, Eminem spoke about the recording process of this album. “Some of [The Marshall Mathers LP] themes and topics and things like that are revisited on this album,” Eminem said. “But at the same time I feel like it’s kind of a 2013 version. All my albums, I think for the most part, pretty much tell where I’m at on each one at that time period. There’s a lot of reflecting and things like that back on everything that was happening during that time. And it’s kind of like me reflecting on it and getting to the point where I am now with it.”

Aside from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem had five other albums make the Top 200 this week. The Marshall Mathers LP (#58), The Eminem Show (#88), Recovery (#107), Curtain Call (#135) and The Slim Shady LP (#173) also made the list. Last week, Eminem had eight albums on the chart, including Encore and Relapse, though both failed to chart this week. 

Lady Gaga's ARTPOP, which includes appearances from Too Short, R. Kelly and T.I., sold approximately 260,000 units in its first week to surpass Eminem's second week numbers.

Jhene Aiko Breaks Into The Top 10 With Sail Out EP 

This week, Jhene Aiko's Sail Out EP broke into the Top 10 after selling approximately 34,000 units in its first week to land at #8. With this EP, Jhene Aiko, who is currently opening on Drake's "Would You Like a Tour?," landed just above Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The albums were separated by less than 1,000 units sold. In July, Aiko, who also appears on Drake's Nothing Was The Same, spoke about the influences that impacted her Sail Out EP. “It’s like bridging the gap between [my mixtape] Sailing Soul(s) and Souled Out,” Aiko said in an interview with Rap-Up. “Sail Out has a lot of the Hip Hop-Rap influence on it, even with the beats. It’s something you wanna put in your car." Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples and Childish Gambino appear on Aiko's Sail Out.  

Drake's Nothing Was The Same Remains In Top 10

Drake's Nothing Was The Same continues its placement within the Top 10. This week, Drake's Nothing Was The Same landed at #9, selling more than 33,000 copies in its fifth week. In August, Drake spoke about trepidations he had regarding this album's release. "I remember coming into this year thinking, 'How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?'" Drake said in an interview with XXL. "I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to." Drake's Nothing Was The Same has remained in the Top 10 for five consecutive weeks. 

Bun B's Trill O.G. The Epilogue Lands At #30

This week, Bun B debuted on the charts with Trill O.G. The Epilogue. The album sold approximately 11,000 units in its first week, helping the effort land at #30. Bun spoke with HipHopDX about recording many songs for this album, songs that were made to fit the Trill O.G. banner. "It’s not like random songs," Bun said. "These are songs from the Trill O.G. project. It’s just that I didn’t want to double-up on anything. We recorded like 30-plus songs, and you can’t put them all out in one time. And I didn’t want to put songs on the album that seemed kind of familiar. If we’d already touched on them topics or dabbled in that territory, then I didn’t see the need to double-up on it. And it wasn’t that the songs weren’t good, it’s just that, you can only put so much music on one album." 

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/10/2013  

#1. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 210,000 (1,003,000)

#7. Jhene Aiko - Sail Out EP - 34,000 (34,000)

#9. Drake - Nothing Was The Same - 33,000 (1,099,000)

#30. Bun B - Trill O.G. The Epilogue - 11,000 (11,000)

#45. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime - 8,000 (165,000)

#53. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 7,000 (1,139,000)

#58. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP - 7,000 (10,773,000)

#61. Lecrae - Church Clothes Vol. 2 - 7,000 (22,000)

#74. Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail - 6,000 (1,060,000)

#80. Linkin Park - Recharged - 5,000 (49,000)

#88. Eminem - The Eminem Show - 5,000 (10,275,000)

#94. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 5,000 (1,087,000)

#107. Eminem - Recovery - 5,000 (4,513,000) 

#128. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name - 4,000 (122,000)

#135. Eminem - Curtain Call - 4,000 (3,782,000)

#169.  DJ Khaled - Suffering From Success - 3,000 (44,000)

#173. Eminem - The Slim Shady LP - 3,000 (5,437,000)

* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.

Will Eminem remain at the top of the Rap charts next week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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  • Anonymous
    last time i checked fake rappers like drake wayne will never get on eminems level wtf wrong with evrybody why do yall like niggas that speak fake shit why cant they be real and rich like pac big nas and eazy e hiphop did really die
  • Anonymous
    Gotti has had two official albums that tanked. Khaled is a singles person who routinely charts at least 1 hit song per album. Based on those achievements how can you pretend he's flopping? He's had 7 albums. He's smarter than you for a reason.
    • Anonymous
      And all of Khaled's 7 albums tanked hard, singles are irrelevant, especially when they have a bunch of big names on them. Hop off Khaled's terrorist dick.
  • Anonymous
    So you'd rather make horrible songs on your own that flop as opposed to gathering the most popular artists and putting them on songs that routinely chart, and go platinum or gold? Incredible how your logic crumbles like a cookie.
    • Anonymous
      Same goes for your logic, especially when the latter option's albums tank.
  • kkk
    eminem sales week projections for week three are 120k-125 so bye bye drake, jay z and kendrick smh.... the white is simply amazing
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  • Anonymous
    "yo gotti dont got half the expenses dj khaled does" He does big name collabo's all the time.
    • Anonymous
      he also makes songs on his own, something dj khaled could never do
  • Anonymous
    Last time I checked Khaled had gold and platinum singles. Gotti doesn't. The truth is a wonderful thing, sport.
    • Anonymous
      last i checked he aint made a hot single that went gold or platinum without lil wayne, drake or t-pain!! yo gotti dont got half the expenses dj khaled does
    • Anonymous
      And none of them can sell albums.
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  • Anonymous
    Yo Gotti has already been certified triple copper.
    • Anonymous
      at least he can say he sold more 1st week than DJ Khaled and friends did in over a month!
  • KANYE WEST 2016
    Kanye still topping the charts. Yeezus truly love us all.
  • mmlp2
    i dont think so
  • anon
    ems new shit is better anyway
  • anon
    my opinion pussy
  • the advocate mc
    mmlp2
  • the advocate mc
    damn ems old albums sell more than most newer albums
    • Aflex
      That is INSANE.
  • vdj24
    so anyone realize magna carta actually only SOLD 60,000 records? #flop
    • Anonymous
      You're joking, right?
    • Anonymous
      are you stupid? the million copies sold to samsung are not included in these numbers thats a legit 1 million 60 thousand copies sold
    • Anonymous
      Why would the records samsung gives you with the purchase of their product count towards Jayz sales.. 90% of the ppl who bought that product don't even want Jayz lacking ass album anyway
    • Anonymous
      they dont count, thats why their not on here
  • Wood
    Damn...Eminem Show DIAMOND, Marshall Mathers LP DIAMOND, Platinum accross the board and this doesn't even include digital downloads and sales overseas. NO RAPPER CAN TOUCH THESE SALES. NOT EVEN CLOSE!! WHO'S # 2?? WHAT RAPPER HAS GONE DIAMOND BESIDES 50 CENT??
    • Anonymous
      Biggie, 2pac, Outkast, Hammer.
    • Wood
      Ready to Die is the best album in the history of Rap Music. 2 Pac - All Eyez on Me is #2. ATliens is up there too...But, your talking about DEAD rappers. Outkast can't push a million in two weeks anymore. HAMMER? HA! I saw him a few weeks ago at his sons baseball game in Tracy, CA. I sat and talked to him for like 10 minutes.
    • jsmith
      50 didnt go diamond bro...he only sold 8 million for GRODT
    • kkk
      do even realize that pac, outcast and big went diamond only on double albums, hence the double count...not saying that that makes Em a better rapper butsales wise I give him props
  • Naydeeen
    This isn't fair!! A White dude dominating hip hop. At least we have basketball...
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      Wrong white boy, whites own the teams and the NBA just they they own the labels and HipHop music.
    • Anonymous
      How would you know if someone's white by their comments?
    • Anonymous
      The sarcastic nature of the post is a clear infliction that the mutant behind the post is melanin deficient.
    • Anonymous
      ^ In other words it's evident that the OP evolved from being an ape.