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

posted December 17, 2008 03:39:40 PM CST | 167 comments

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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