Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 05/25/2014

posted Wednesday May 28 ,2014 at 10:30AM CDT | 74 comments

Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 05/25/2014

Michael Jackson's "Xscape," Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" and The Roots' "and then you shoot your cousin" make the cut as the Top Rap & R&B albums on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

This week, Michael Jackson continues his success with Xscape in the Top 3 of the Top 200 Billboard Albums chart. Iggy Azalea resumes charting with her The New Classic and The Roots' and then you shoot your cousin makes its debut appearance on the chart. 

Michael Jackson's Xscape Lands At #3

Michael Jackson's Xscape appears in the #3 spot on the chart this week. The effort sold 66,751 copies in its second week of availability. Overall, the effort has sold 224,009 units. The songs on Xscape have been reworked and modernized keeping "Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard," according to Epic. Quincy Jones, who worked with Jackson in the past, recently criticized the album. "They're trying to make money, and I understand it," he recently said, according to Rolling Stone. "Everybody's after money, the estate, the lawyers. It's about money." Jackson made headlines recently when a hologram of the singer performed at this year's Billboard Music Awards

Iggy Azalea's The New Classic Arrives At #9

Iggy Azalea's The New Classic has landed in the #9 spot this week. The project sold 21,683 copies and has sold 127,341 units overall. This week, the set experienced a 42 percent increase in sales. Recently, the rapper made headlines when she was involved in a war of words with Tyler, The Creator. Tyler said she "stinks" and she responded by saying he is "beyond immature." Soon after, Nick Young said "it smell good to me." 

The Roots and then you shoot your cousin Lands At #11

The Roots' and then you shoot your cousin appears at #11 on the charts this week, its first week of availability. The Roots sold 19,786 copies of this effort this week. Recently, Black Thought spoke of this project. “It’s another concept album in the spirit of undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character,” Black Thought said. “We create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the Hip Hop community, but in the community. I don’t know if that makes any sense." 

Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 05/18/2014

#3. Michael Jackson - Xscape - 66,751 (224,009) 

#9. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic - 21,234 (127,341) 

#11. The Roots - and then you shoot your cousin19,786 (19,786)

#17. Pharrell Williams – G I R L - 12,444 (399,639) 

#18. John Legend - Love In The Future - 11,822 (511,484) 

#22. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty - 9,314 (90,404) 

#31. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 7,565 (2,115,315)

#33. Michael Jackson - Number Ones - 7,515 (5,048,548)

#35. Future - Honest - 7,244 (100,195) 

#44. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Complete - 6,181 (982,025)

* Data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000.

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  • Anonymous
    JA RULE JUST KEEPS ON WINNING FOR 2 DECADES NOW! #FUCKFAME #RULETALK2014
  • HitsDailyDouble
    Here are 45-50 on BillBoard: 4945YGCTE/DEF JAM 5,746+2% MY KRAZY LIFE 1046MICHAEL W. SMITHSPARROW5,506-64% SOVEREIGN --47RICK ROSSDEF JAM5,145-- MASTERMIND --48MUD DIGGERAVERAGE JOE'S5,145-- MUD DIGGER 5 4049BRUNO MARSATLANTIC5,075-31% UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX 4750AUGUST ALSINANNTME/DEF JAM5,046-18% TESTIMONY Def Jam artists holding on grinding it out for the Spring season.
    • Anonymous
      wtf do them numbers even mean dog get real
  • Anonymous
    TRUTH: Not to mention that one of the kids years later admitted that his parents made him lie on Micheal so they could sue him. If im not mistaking he commit-ed suicide. Since most people are typical sheep and are easily influenced by media and trends they tend to believe anything. Actually, it was his father who killed himself.
  • iggy classic
    iggy with a fucking classic number 1 hits making big moves. She the new mackelmoore making big money with her classic album which is a certified classic mother fuckers
  • lex
    The Roots usually move around 50k in the first week. you'd think they'd sell what they usually sell or more since they're on The Tonight Show and that show pulls in good ratings.
  • Anonymous
    A fucking troll said officer ricky still on the chart.hahaha good one
  • Anonymous
    Why does HHDX include the R&B fags and leave off actual HipHoppers like YG and Ross who are still on the charts?
    • Anonymous
      Ross isn't still on the charts though...
  • Anonymous
    The Roots DVD sold more than The Roots latest album.
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  • Anonymous
    Let me address every lie you spoke. 1. Iggy's album is trash, The Roots are better. Fans don't seem to agree with you based on Iggy owning the top 2 spots on the hot 100 with fancy and problem. Dope songs. Roots suck ass. 2. Michael Jackson is not a pedophile and neither are his fans. MJ got plenty of witnesses telling the truths. And pedos keep buying the copies of love never felt so good. Either that or timbo was buying all the copies. 3. Justin Bieber is not and will not be better than Michael. He's a wannabe thug. Bieber isn't a wannabe thug. He's dope and michael doesn't have an inch of talent on him. 4. Hip-hop fans like the Roots and they didn't flop. No they don't and yes they did. 5. Everything you say is all a lie, not fact. You're the real dumbass here. You wanna come at me bitch. My phone number is 540-332-1345. Let me see your fists pussy.
    • Anonymous
      "Fans don't seem to agree with you based on Iggy owning the top 2 spots on the hot 100 with fancy and problem. Dope songs. Roots suck ass." That ain't true. Both of Iggy's songs suck. The Roots are dope. "MJ got plenty of witnesses telling the truths. And pedos keep buying the copies of love never felt so good. Either that or timbo was buying all the copies." None of those witnesses told the truth. Pedophiles and Timbaland don't buy copies of Michael's music, his fans do. "Bieber isn't a wannabe thug. He's dope and michael doesn't have an inch of talent on him." Bieber is a wannabe thug and no, he's wack, not dope. Michael has more talent in one finger than many artists, Bieber included. have in their entire body. "You wanna come at me bitch. My phone number is 540-332-1345. Let me see your fists pussy." It's funny you put up a random phone number that only proves you're a fake thug.
    • Anonymous
      "No they don't and yes they did." Yes, they do like the Roots and no, they didn't flop.
    • Anonymous
      How the hell you gon defend MJ first then turn around and say he ain't had talent smh what kind of 2 way backtracking shit is that
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  • egjkn
    damnn and then you shoot ur cousin didnt get to top 10. that sucks. didnt even sell half of what their last album did i think, and prolly their worst sales in years
  • Anonymous
    The Roots flopped with that awful album. Glad to see it. We don't want a watered down Undun.
    • Anonymous
      Good joke.
  • dds
    Iggy is doing great :o
    • Mr. Achievemintz
      NICE TO SEE IGGY SELLING WELL HOPING SHE CAN MAKE IT TO GOLD WITH ALL THE HYPE IS GETTNG HERE RECENTLY BUT I'M STILL DOUBTFUL THAT SHE CAN MAKE IT TO 500K IN ALBUM SALES BUT IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE MACKLEMORE THE HEIST SOLD ONLY 20,000 IT'S FIRST WEEK WHEN IT DROPPED LATE 2012 NOW LOOK AT IT ALL OF MACKLEMORES HYPE AND BUZZ ALLOWED THE HEIST ALBUM TO NOT ONLY GO GOLD BUT GO THE DISTANCE EVEN MORE TO REACH PLATINUM SO WHO CAN SAY IGGYS ALBUM WON'T BE ABLE TO SELL IN SIMILAR FASHION ALL SHE NEEDS IS A MASSIVE BUZZ AND MORE RADIO HITS OFF HER ALBUM
  • Anonymous
    Masterflop all day hahalol
  • imho
    im still listening to that styles P album. phantom and the ghost is fire..people don't like real hiphop no more its a shame he also had a buzz as cold as Iceland in the winter
    • Anonymous
      Me too got that Styles P going in the car for a few weeks now.
    • Anonymous
      that sour song wasnt a good choice as the one to push
  • HitsDailyDouble Sales Projections
    Mariah Carey (Def Jam) 60-65k Austin Mahone (Chase/Republic) 45-50k Crowder (sixstepsrecords) 22-25k Cher Lloyd (Epic) 18-20k Neil Young (Reprise) 12-14k Ryksopp & Robyn (Cherrytree/Interscope) 12-14k
    • Anonymous
      damn mariah's gunna flop you know def jam didnt spend any less than 3-5 mill on her shit
  • Anonymous
    starting to think either teeth-boy got the boot or graduated and dx needs another intern less comments, full-blown troll convos, hardly any moderation, and he was dropping almost 100 comments per thread everyday last month like he had a deadline
    • Anonymous
      Summer time bro,