Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 6/8/08

posted June 11, 2008 03:49:46 PM CDT | 26 comments

This week Usher got dethroned from the top position but still managed to sell 144,500 copies, hit the Gold mark, and stay in the top 3. Here I Stand grabbed the #3 spot and was bested by new releases from Disturbed and the newest installment of Now That's What I Call Music, respectively. Ashanti's long-awaited Declaration, amidst rumors that the album is slated to flop, debuted at #6 with 86,200 copies sold. Chris Brown's Exclusive makes an unexpected jump on the charts from #56 to #10 with a surge in sales. The young R&B star sold 36,200 copies this week, a 261% increase from last week.

Mariah Carey takes a slight drop from #8 to #13 with E=MC2 selling 30,100 copies--just less than 3k shy of the coveted platinum plaque. Meanwhile Bun B rounds out the Top 5 for Hip Hop/ R&B with 23,900 copies of II Trill sold this week.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
Rank Artist Album This Week Total
3
Usher
Here I Stand
144,551
588,510
6
Ashanti
Declaration
86,278
86,486
10
Chris Brown
Exclusive
36,227
1,581,701
13
Mariah Carey
E=MC2
30,176
997,717
19
Bun B
II Trill
23,981
162,547


Further down the charts Flobots stay within the Top 30 at #27 as Fight With Tools sells 17,100 copies. Rick Ross' Trilla falls from #25 to #38 with 13,400 sold. What is surprising is that the highly anticipated Tha Carter III album from Lil Wayne has managed to sell 4,000 copies and land a #167 spot on the Top 200 without even having been released yet.

Paying homage to his contributions to Hip Hop, Pimp C's Greatest Hits album debuted this week selling just over 2,700 copies, while TX native Lil Wil debuts Dallas, TX with 1,100 copies sold.

Other Notables
Rank Artist Album This Week Total
27
Flobots
Fight With Tools
17,184 90,379
38
Rick Ross
Trilla
13,496
563,671
167
Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III
7,517
104,928
--
Pimp C
Greatest Hits
2,729
2,748
--
Lil Wil
Dallas TX
1,146
1,146


Next week will we see Lil Wayne at the top spot? Will new releases from Little Brother, Flying Lotus, or N.E.R.D be able to make waves on the charts? Stay tuned as DX brings the play by play.

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