Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 4/27/08

posted April 30, 2008 02:58:24 PM CDT | 55 comments

Underground mainstays Atmosphere [click to read] killed it this week selling a very impressive 36,300 copies of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. This sixth album from Atmosphere has been basking in the glow of outstanding reviews, and landed the #5 spot on the charts this week, dethroning Rick Ross as the top seller for Hip Hop. Atmosphere was beat by a second-week domination by Mariah Carey - who's E=MC2 went gold this week - Leona Lewis, Flight of the Concords, and Ashlee Simpson, respectively.

Rick Ross' Trilla comes in at #15 this week, selling 26,700 copies and working towards gold, while Alicia Keys moves up to #24 from #30 despite some negative press revolving around comments made to Blender Magainze about 'gangsta rap' being a conspiracy theory. As I Am sold 16,400 copies this week. Following one spot behind is Danity Kane's Welcome to the Dollhouse at # 25. Diddy's ladies sold 16,100 copies this week.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
Rank Artist Album This Week Total
1
Mariah Carey
E=MC2
181,889
646,101
5
Atmosphere
When Life Gives You Lemons
36,378
36,526
15
Rick Ross
Trilla
22,605
465,719
24
Alicia Keys
As I Am
16,429
3,415,764
25
Danity Kane
Welcome to the Dollhouse
16,130
438,439

Flo Rida's Mail On Sunday is back in the top 30 with 15,600 copies and a #27 spot, while Snoop Dogg's Ego Trippin' still has yet to break 300k in its seventh week on the charts. Snoop came in at #35 this week with 13,200 sold (for a total of about 291,300). Prodigy's H.N.I.C Pt 2 debuted at #36 this week with 12,900 sold, as Gnarls Barkley's The Odd Couple loses steam once again. The duo dropped from #20 to #47 with 10,600 copies sold this week. Despite RIAA reports that Lupe Fiasco's The Cool went gold, Nielsen Soundscan shows the Chicago rapper selling just over 467,000 copies. As reported by DX last week [click to read], RIAA reports sales from outlets that Soundscan doesn't. Bizzy Bone's A Song For You debuted at #148 with 4,200 sold while Lyrics Born also finds a spot on the Top 200 at #192. Everywhere At Once, the seventh LP from the half-Japanese American, half-Italian American rapper sold 3,300 copies.

Other Notables
Rank Artist Album This Week Total
27
Flo Rida
Mail On Sunday
15,613
201,227
35
Snoop Dogg
Ego Trippin
13,231
291,286
36
Prodigy
H.N.I.C pt 2
12,962
13,341
47
Gnarls Barkley
The Odd Couple
10,637
131,790
192
Lyrics Born
Everywhere At Once
3,324
3,336

Can The Roots match the success of Atmosphere next week? Will the new release from 9th Wonder and Buckshot make some noise on the charts? Stay tuned as DX brings the play by play.

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