Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/14/08

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/14/08

Common, Brandy and Musiq bumrush the charts, Beyonce goes platinum, Scarface falls 50, and Q-Tip won't quit.

Taylor Swift's Fearless beat us Britney Spears' Circus this week, shifting positions from this week and last. Beyonce had almost an identical two weeks with her I Am...Sasha Fierce [click to read], remaining at #3. Kanye West followed closely with 808's & Heartbreak [click to read] at #4 yet again.

Philadelphia R&B sensation Musiq Soulchild debuted at #11 with his fifth album On My Radio. The release comes after last year's release Luvanmusiq debuted at #1. Shortly behind came Common [click to read] at #12 with Universal Mind Control [click to read]. Despite some formidable company, the release was Common's lowest first week since Electric Circus.

Brandy also made a strong comeback with her Human on Epic Records.

 

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
3

Beyonce

I Am...Sasha Fierce

159,173

1,052,543

6

Kanye West

808's & Heartbreak

126,827 719,900

11

Musiq Soulchild

On My Radio

91,498

91,923

12

Common

Universal Mind Control

81,663

82,587

15

Brandy

Human

72,772

72,885

Ludacris [click to read] fell nine spots with his Theater of The Mind [click to read] at #24. T.I. [click to read] held down the #30 spot with Paper Trail [click to read]. Lil Wayne [click to read] still kept himself over the Top 50 divider. Tha Carter III [click to read] trudges towards three million sold in the States.

 Meanwhile, Scarface [click to read] fell over 50 spots with his reported parting-shot from rap Emeritus [click to read].

The Game [click to read] held his LAX [click to read] at #128.

Q-Tip [click to read] and The Renaissance [click to read] remains a presence on the charts with a tour in progress, and slews of critical accolades.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
24

Ludacris

Theater Of The Mind

53,078

332,499

47

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter III

28,838

2,778,785

82

Scarface

Emeritus

15,221

57,435
128

The Game

L.A.X.

9,135

608,765

175

Q-Tip

The Renaissance

6,066

79,699

Is Soulja Boy gonna crank the charts again? How will Jamie Foxx and Anthony Hamilton do in a big year for R&B? Any love left for EPMD? Stay tuned to HipHopDX next week...

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