Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 01/02/07

posted January 03, 2008 12:56:15 PM CST | 101 comments

With the holidays over, Josh Groban lost his longstanding hold on the #1 slot for sales last week. As Noel sank to #3, it gave way for "Queen of Hip Hop/R&B" Mary J Blige to get a second-week #2 with her Growing Pains, selling 204,258 units (835,436 total). Filling out the middle of the top three, Alicia Keys inched closer to three million with 193,211 units sold last week (2,543,224 total) of her acclaimed As I Am.

In Hip Hop, Lupe Fiasco climbed a spot to #14 with his year-end-list heralded The Cool, selling 54,398 copies (198,477 total) after two weeks. Soulja Boy held the #21 spot, selling 48,277 copies (658,480 total).

Bottoming out the Top 200, Styles P bookended the charts, selling 8,917 units of his Super Gangster (56,865 total). The bigger news might be Timbaland finally achieving platinum status from his single-studded summer release. Will this garner an Interscope follow-up in 2008, or simply greater development of The Mosely Music Group through One Republic and Kerri Hilson?


Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
Rank Artist Album This Week Total
1
Mary J Blige
Growing Pains
204,258
835,436
2
Alicia Keys
As I Am
193,211
2,543,224
5
Chris Brown
Exclusive 86,700
1,051,276
14
Lupe Fiasco
The Cool
54,398
198,477
17
Jaheim
Makings of a Man
53,995
230,328



Other Notables
Rank Artist Album This Week Total
21
Soulja Boy
Souljaboytellem.com 49,629 658,480
26
Jay-Z
American Gangster 45,276
887,335
30
Kanye West
Graduation 43,366 1,891,918
55
Timbaland
Shock Value
26,148
1,003,040
77
Wu-Tang Clan
8 Diagrams
19,798 120,981


As March becomes the next pivotal release month, will Lil Wayne or another rapper deliver a sneak attack to warm the winter? Or will Lupe Fiasco stretch to go gold while Soulja Boy pushes to platinum?

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