Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 7/20/08
Nas tops Wayne, Wayne approaches double platinum, and David Banner makes a strong showing in Top 10.
After endless weeks of controversy, Nas' Untitled [click to read] album reigns the charts with 186,600 copies sold in its first week. Grabbing the #2 spot is Lil Wayne's Tha Carter 3 [click to read] with just under 105,500 copies sold. If Wayne's sales continue at this pace, he'll be due for a double platinum plaque by next week! David Banner's latest effort The Greatest Story Ever Told [click to read] debuted this week at #8 selling 51,800 in its first week. Rihanna maintains her spot in the top 10 with the re-release of Good Girl Gone Bad selling 41,200 copies in its 59th week on the charts. Usher's Here I Stand [click to read] rounds out the top 5 leading Hip Hop/ R&B artists at #19 with 26,000 copies sold this week.
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
|2||Lil Wayne||Tha Carter 3||105,490||1,912,052|
|8||David Banner||Greatest Story Ever Told||51,805||51,902|
|10||Rihanna||Good Girl Gone Bad||41,269||1,482,574|
|19||Usher||Here I Stand||26,071||906,641|
G-Unit takes a drop from #9 last week to #24 this week with Terminate On Sight [click to read] selling 21,200 copies this week--a 42% decline from last week's numbers. Plies' Definition of Real [click to read] comes in at #26 selling 20,500 copies. Three 6 Mafia grabs the #29 spot with Last 2 Walk [click to read] selling 18,431 units this week. After reports surfaced that the self-proclaimed drug pushin', gun toting "boss" Rick Ross is in actuality a former corrections officer, his sales have yet to suffer this week. Trilla
[click to read] sold 9,700 copies this week, only a 4% decline from last week. However,
next week's numbers (the first full sales week after this week's
revelations about Ross' past) will be the true sign of any fan backlash.
|24||G-Unit||Terminate On Sight||21,219||159,369|
|26||Plies||Definition of Real||20,522||400,789|
|29||Three 6 Mafia||Last 2 Walk||18,431||156,835|
Will August heat up on the charts with new albums on the horizon from heavy-hitters like The Game, Ne-Yo and Nelly? Or will the youngins get schooled by new projects from Ice Cube and LL Cool J? Can femcee/ producer Missy Elliot come in for the sneak attack and shock the charts? Stay tuned as DX brings the play by play.