Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/24/2009

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/24/2009

Eminem sells over 600k, and Redman & Method Man, DJ Drama and Freeway all score chart positions from sequels.

Eminem's Relapse [click to read] shattered expectations, and eclipsed 600,000 units sold in its first week. Earlier this week, HipHopDX revealed that the Aftermath/Interscope giant was predicted to sell half of those units through Best Buy alone. Em also beat #2 artist this week, Green Day, by over 430,000 units.

The "Super Tuesday," as some Rap fans and critics billed it, yielded two more Top 10 debuts. Redman & Method Man's [click to view] sequel, Blackout 2 [click to read], sold approximately 63,000 first week. The Def Jam release, featuring production from veterans such as Havoc, Pete Rock and Erick Sermon, surprised some with its Top 5 debut.

Universal Motown acquistion Busta Rhymes [click to read] debuted two positions back, with his Back On My B.S. [click to read] release, which has been garnering mixed reviews.

Neo-Soul songstress Chrisette Michele [click to read] fell 12 spots in one week with her Epiphany release. Rick Ross [click to read] slipped from Top 10 to Top 25 overall as well. Deeper Than Rap [click to read]sold another 20,000 copies, fast approaching 300,000 overall sales.

* 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
1 Eminem Relapse
608,000 609,000
4 Redman & Method Man Blackout 2
63,000 63,000
6 Busta Rhymes Back On My B.S. 59,000 59,000
20 Chrisette Michele Epiphany 21,000 134,000
22 Rick Ross Deeper Than Rap 20,000 290,000

DJ Drama [click to read] did not debut in the Top 25 with his own sequel to Gangsta Grillz. The Grand Hustle release came the same week as T.I.'s farewell concerts, and subsequent prison sentence.

Cam'ron's [click to read] Crime Pays [click to read] received first week analysis that the Diplomats CEO sold just 100 units more than longtime "Cappo" Jim Jones. In his second weej, Cam sold another 15,000, placing the Harlem veteran at 58,000 overall. 

Jadakiss [click to read] fell to #47 with The Last Kiss [click to read]. The album has market analyists [click to read] and critics alike talking. The release heads towards 300,000 units overall.

Both Freeway [click to read] and Sheek Louch [click to read] made noise on the charts, with low-budget releases on indie labels, Philadelphia Freeway 2 [click to read] and Life On D-Block. Both releases, which each sold impressively just under the 5,000 mark, came courtesy of Real Talks Entertainment.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
26 DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz: The Album, Volume 2 18,000 18,000
35 Cam'ron Crime Pays 15,000 58,000
47 Jadakiss The Last Kiss 11,000 269,000
98 Freeway Philadelphia Freeway 2 5,200 5,300
121 Sheek Louch Life On D-Block 4,300 4,300

Will Eminem go platinum by week 2? Stay on HipHopDX to know.

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