This week, Beyonce continues to reign at the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart with her self-titled album. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP lands at #6, an improvement from last week's placement at #8. Also this week, B.o.B and Lox debuted on the chart with Underground Luxury and The Trinity EP, respectively.
Beyonce's Self-Titled Album Remains #1
Beyonce's self-titled visual album took home the #1 spot this week, selling 373,803 units in its second week of sales. This was the first week of availability for physical copies of the self-titled project, which has moved more than 991,000 units overall. The album's #1 spot was in spite of Target's refusal to sell Beyonce. Recently, Beyonce spoke about the album's release strategy. "People experience music differently," Beyonce said. "Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods. They don't really invest on a whole album. It's all about the single and the hype. There's so much that gets between the music and the artist and the fans. I felt like, I don't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready from me to my fans."
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Lands At #6
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which has sold more than 1,605,000 units overall, landed in the #6 slot with approximately 115,000 units sold this week, the project's seventh week of availability. The project improved in placement, as it was #8 last week. Eminem released his "The Monster" video early in the week. The video pairs Eminem with Rihanna in a clip that places the Detroit, Michigan rapper in various scenes from past music videos.
B.o.B Debuts In Top 30 With Underground Luxury
B.o.B's Underground Luxury sold 35,000 units this week. The sales figure landed B.o.B at #22. B.o.B recently spoke about the sound of the album and its title. "I want to say that this project is a project that is kind of like a contrasting title, you know, Underground Luxury," B.o.B. said in an interview with Montreality. "I would say, to paraphrase it, this is connecting the dots, from who I was as an artist before the major success to where I'm at now. And it's a lot more unfiltered and unedited than anything I've ever done. So I think it's going to be a great project, great, monumental, career shifting project. I'm actually done with it, but we're really just having fun with it, man. We're making a movie, you know, me and my team. We're just kind of sitting back and watching everything, watching how people respond to music."
Lox Have Top 150 Release With The Trinity EP
Lox dropped its The Trinity EP with a surprise release this week. The project used a similar strategy as the one Beyonce revealed for her self-titled release. The surprise drop helped Lox land in the #141 spot with The Trinity EP. The project sold approximately 8,000 units this week. Recently, Sheek Louch spoke about the project and addressed speculation regarding its inspiration. "I can honestly say, it wasn't based upon the Beyonce thing," Sheek said to allhiphop.com. "You know, when both of them [Styles P & Jadakiss] called me and said, ‘Get on that,' it had nothing to do with none of that shit."
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/8/2013
#1. Beyonce - Beyonce - 374,000 (991,000)
#6. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 115,000 (1,605,000)
#15. R. Kelly - Black Panties - 60,000 (194,000)
#19. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Complete - 45,000 (726,000)
#20. Drake - Nothing Was The Same - 37,000 (1,296,000)
#22. B.o.B - Underground Luxury - 35,000 (35,000)
#25. Childish Gambino - because the internet - 28,000 (124,000)
#49. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience - 17,000 (2,407,000)
#50. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 17,000 (1,210,000)
#109. Yo Gotti - I Am - 11,000 (99,221)
#141. Lox - The Trinity EP - 8,400 (8,400)
#161. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime - 7,500 (210,000)
#163. Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail - 7,500 (1,090,153)
#171. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 7,200 (1,116,000)
* 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.
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