Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 7/20/08

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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)

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
1

Nas

Untitled

186,640

187,078

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.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
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

58 Rick Ross

Trilla

9,702

629,610

74

Tech N9ne

Killer

8,076

57,771

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.

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