Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/17/2009

posted May 20, 2009 09:05:00 AM CDT | 159 comments

As predicted, Cam'ron [click to read] did come away with the top urban spot for his long-awaited return, Crime Pays [click to read]. The Harlem emcee did not however come #1 overall, as predicted by some. The Diplomat Records CEO was outsold by Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown by approximately 74,000 units.

Neo-Soul songstress Chrisette Michele [click to read] went to the #8 spot with her Epiphany. After a 2,000 unit margin with Ciara last week, The Def Jam star's Epiphany inched out Fantasy Ride [click to read], by a margin of approximately 3,000 units in their sophomore week in stores.

Rick Ross
[click to read] remained Top 10 overall. Deeper Than Rap [click to read]sold another 26,000 copies, passing the 250,000 marker.

Like Mike Jones almost a month ago, Paul Wall [click to read] gave Asylum Records a Top 15 debut with Fast Life [click to read]. The release gave the label two Top 15 chart debuts, with the Houston veteran selling approximately half of his New York label-mate Cam'ron.

* please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandeth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
3
Cam'ron
Crime Pays
43,000
43,000
8
Chrisette Michele
Epiphany
29,000
113,000
9
Rick Ross
Deeper Than Rap
26,000
270,000
10
Ciara
Fantasy Ride
26,000
107,000
15
Paul Wall
Fast Life
22,000
22,000

Gucci Mane [click to read] appeared on the charts in a Top 25 role. His former management and label, Big Cat Records, released Murder Was The Case. The un-official album of new material sold 15,000 units last week.

Jadakiss [click to read] was positioned at #34 with The Last Kiss [click to read]. The album has market analyists [click to read] and critics alike talking. The release has eclipsed the 250,000 unit mark. 

Asher Roth [click to read], and his Asleep At The Bread Aisle [click to read] sold another 10,000 units, positioning him 112,000 units overall for the Philadelphia suburban rapper's debut. 

Tech N9ne [click to read] held the last double-digit spot with his Sickology 101 [click to read] compilation. The Kansas City rapper has surpassed 34,000 overall units sold for his label, Strange Music's latest release.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
23
Gucci Mane
Murder Was The Case
15,000
17,000
34
Jadakiss
The Last Kiss
13,000
259,000
46
Asher Roth
Asleep In The Bread Aisle
10,000
112,000
99
Tech N9ne
Sickology 101: The Study Of Being Sick
4,800
34,000
133
Slim Thug
Boss Of All Bosses
3,600
88,000

Will Eminem sell 1,000,000 first week? Will Meth & Red, Busta Rhymes or DJ Drama get Top 10? Stay on HipHopDX to know.

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