Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/9/08

posted November 12, 2008 04:37:00 PM CST | 81 comments

John Legend remained the top urban act for the second straight week, as AC/DC, Hinder, Pink and two soundtracks occupied the first five spots. T.I. [click to read] remained close behind, with what remains the second best-selling rap album this year in Paper Trail [click to read].

Over five years removed from a release, Q-Tip [click to read] fell just short of a Top 10 debut week with his critically acclaimed Universal Motown release The Renaissance [click to read]. With limited airplay and unanimously strong reviews, this album will be interesting to watch, as the label succeeded with similar circumstances with Erykah Badu earlier this year.

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.

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


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
6
John Legend
Evolver
72,113
205,207
7
T.I.
Paper Trail
68,782 1,116,409
11
Q-Tip Renaissance
34,219
34,219
18
Ne-Yo
Year of the Gentleman
25,209
573,236
19
Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III
23,960
2,648,682

Young Jeezy [click to read] remains strong with his Recession [click to read], gaining a few spots from last week . The Game [click to read] and LAX [click to read] remains Top 40.

Atlanta dance sensation DJ Unk debuted just shy of the Top 100 with his Koch Records release 2econd Season [click to read]. The artist and project is getting a strong promotion from 2K Sports as well, which may help build out singles, making the release longer lasting on the charts. Nelly [click to read] and Brass Knuckles [click to read] remain on the charts as well, another product of Universal's banner year.

With the exception of DJ Khaled and Raphael Saadiq [click to read], the remaining urban, rap-related release was Plies [click to read], who with a new album due in a month, spends what may be one of his final weeks on the chart with his sophomore effort Definition of Real [click to read].

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
23
Young Jeezy
Recession
19,598
589,571
40
The Game
LAX
13,102
559,076
104
DJ Unk
2econd Season
5,220
5,257
137
Nelly
Brass Knuckles
4,176
161,239
194
Plies
Definition of Real
2,991
533,099

As Jedi Mind Tricks release, will the internationally cult-followed Philadelphia outfit get that chart love that's been recently enjoyed by Joe Budden and Z-Ro? Will appearances from Dr. Dre and Eminem make Trick Trick the unforeseen star of Koch this year? Stayed tuned to HipHopDX.


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