Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 10/22/2006
This week on the Hip Hop charts finds Diddy on top. It seems like more people wanted to Press Play on Diddys new album than any other release this week. Press Play opened at #1 with just over 170k sold this week. Diddy fended off a strong second week from rock group Evanescence (112k sold) and a solid debut on the charts from pop princess JoJo (108k). Justin Timberlake still is going strong with My Love making noise on the singles charts. Futuresex/Love Sounds held steady at #4 with just under another 100k sold (1,368,048 sold overall).
Elsewhere, Ludacris Release Therapy cracked Gold status with 55k sold (#12) and puts him at 550k sold overall. Lloyd Banks Rotten Apple saw a significant drop off with only 49k sold this week and dropped him out of the top 10 after debuting at #3 last week (#15). Beyonces BDay is inching closer to Platinum status with another 36k sold and 996k sold overall. Expect her to hit Platinum next week.
Rumors of Jermaine Dupri leaving because of Janet Jacksons less than expected sales may be true as Janets 20 Y.O. still has yet to meet Gold status. The album only pushed 26k this week and sits at 443,076 units sold to date (#28 this week)
Hi Teks Hi Teknology V2 opened up quite strong with very little promotion. The CD was #38 and sold 21k+ units. Xzibits release couldnt quite come full circle. The new X to the Z album dropped in at a very low 16k units sold which puts him at #50 to debut on the charts.
Next week well see how well Jibbs debut fares against the Grammy award winning sophomore album from John Legend.