Three 6 Mafia cracks the Top 5, while Immortal Technique and Dwele surprise some, as Wayne's World continues.
There was not much movement at the top of the charts this week. Lil Wayne [click to read] continued to hold the #2 spot, selling six-figures of units. The shocker to some is Three 6 Mafia's [click to read] return to album making. Last 2 Walk [click to read] cracked the top five, as one of Columbia's first rap releases since Rick Rubin's takeover at the historic imprint. Usher and Rihanna held positioning, dropping rank a few units. Rihanna continues to sell strongly in digital singles, with the repackaging of her year-old album.
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
|2||Lil Wayne||Tha Carter 3||209,305||1,527,621|
|5||Three 6 Mafia||Last 2 Walk||76,722||76,722|
|7||Usher||Here I Stand||51,586||805,841|
|10||Rihanna||Good Girl Gone Bad||46,545||1,353,991|
|11||Plies||Definition of Real||42,893||325,472|
Whereas last week, Blood Raw made a dent in first week sales chart, the Corporate Thugz rookie subsided to a shift in other chart areas. After the success of "Flashing Lights," Michigan's Dwele made a respectable first showing with his independent Sketches of a Man. Bun B [click to read] and Rick Ross continue to show that strong album-making equates to consistent sales. Meanwhile, Immortal Technique cracked the Top 100 with his critically-championed The 3rd World [click to read], assisted by DJ Green Lantern.
|35||Dwele||Sketches of a Man||13,854||14,007|
|43||Bun B||II Trill||10,718||206,576|
|99||Immortal Technique||The 3rd World||7,306||7,306|
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