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

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

T.I. falls a few notches, Devin and Nas leave the charts, and Joe Budden cracks the Top 200 after five long years.

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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