Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/2/08

posted November 05, 2008 11:47:32 AM CST | 73 comments

The "Grammy Family" may be gearing up for a chart takeover, with Kanye West and Common coming soon, and John Legend's Evolver being a Top 3 debut.T.I. [click to read] traveled from that #3 spot to #7, a strong fall for the Atlanta rapper, whose now eclipsed the platinum, million mark with his Paper Trail [click to read].

Ne-Yo's Year of the Gentleman [click to read] continues to be a better showing than any rap release for the Def Jam label. Lil Wayne [click to read] stayed in his mid-twenties zone of recent, selling Tha Carter III [click to read], strongly towards three million. Young Jeezy [click to read] remains strong with his Recession [click to read], again staying a few notches above LAX.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
4
John Legend
Evolver
132,823
133,094
7
T.I.
Paper Trail
76,560 1,047,627
15
Ne-Yo
Year of the Gentleman
26,574
548,027
20
Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III
23,037
2,624,722
28
Young Jeezy
Recession
17,412
578,973

The Game [click to read] and LAX [click to read] fell out of the Top 30 for the first time, still in a crowded pack with another potential chance at Top 25. Nelly [click to read] was over 10,000 units behind with Brass Knuckles [click to read], an area not occupied by any rap release.

DJ Khaled cracked the six-figure mark with his We Global. However, for independent artists, few were more shocking than Joe Budden [click to read], returning to the Top 200 for the first time in five years, with his digital album Halfway House [click to read], selling over 3,000 paid downloads.

As Nas and Devin The Dude left the Top 200, Ice Cube [click to read] held the bottom spot with his Raw Footage [click to read], an impressive independent effort, still over 300,000 units short of his 2006 effort, Laugh Now, Cry Later [click to read].

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
35
The Game
LAX
14,121
545,974
112
Nelly
Brass Knuckles
4,738
157,063
126
DJ Khaled
We Global
3,535
101,046
183
Joe Budden
Halfway House
3,174
3,174
185
Ice Cube
Raw Footage
3,093
164,191

With a critically acclaimed album [click to read], how will Q-Tip fare on his triumphant return? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.


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