Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/29/2009

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/29/2009

Keri Hilson doubles Jim Jones' first week numbers, Slim Thug, DOOM both crack 10,000 units.

With Disney's Hannah Montana Soundtrack and Now That's What I Call Music 30 debuting this week, urban acts led the charts at the #4 spot. To the surprise of many, that spot was taken, not by star veteran Jim Jones [click to read], but by Interscope feature queen Keri Hilson. Her In A Perfect World... [click to read] sold just another 100,000 first week units, over doubling what Jones' Pray IV Reign [click to read] major label debut did. The-Dream's [click to read] fell 10 spots with Love Vs. Money [click to read]. Def Jam's hit-making songwriter, producer and performer is nearly halfway to gold status.

>His first independent release, Boss Of All Bosses [click to read], saw Slim Thug crack the Top 15 in the first week. The Texas rapper's E1 Records effort was strongly supported by an extensive promo campaign [click here] and the success of single "I Run."

Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce [click to read] closed out the first five, with her lowest position yet. The songstress remains strong though, after 19 weeks on the chart.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
4 Keri Hilson In A Perfect World...
94,078 94,497
9 Jim Jones Pray IV Reign 42,818 42,982
14 The-Dream Love Vs. Money 35,967 242,943
15 Slim Thug Boss Of All Bosses 32,479 32,721
21 Beyonce I Am...Sasha Fierce 22,798 2,026,699

Bad Boy Records's Gorilla Zoe [click to read] remained relatively strong with his sophomore Don't Feed Da Animals [click to read]. The Boyz N The Hood front-man moved over 15,000 second week units, an impressive half of last week's debut run.

Twenty year veteran emcee DOOM (formerly MF DOOM and Zevlove X of KMD) returned with his first new studio album in almost five years. The Lex Records release BORN INTO THIS cracked five figures, despite strong bootlegging fears, and entered the charts at #52. iTunes offers an exclusive Radiohead remix to one of the album's tunes, making it a release to watch.

Lil Wayne [click to read] sold just over 10,000 copies of Tha Carter III [click to read], pushing the rapper down 17 spots from last week, shortly before he releases his next effort.

In the second half of the charts, Atlanta repped hard. Ludacris, Young Jeezy and an unauthorized Gucci Mane mixtape all fell between #100 and #200 to close out this week's charts.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
33 Gorilla Zoe Don't Feed Da Animals 15,498 46,823
52 DOOM BORN LIKE THIS 10,587 10,895
55 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 10,208 3,092,435
119 Young Jeezy The Recession 4,600 815,648
172 DJ Spade-1/Gucci Mane Bird Money 3,200 3,471

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