Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/31/2009

posted June 03, 2009 10:06:00 AM CDT | 124 comments

Eminem's Relapse [click to read] gained over 200,000 second-week sales. With a controversial MTV Movie Awards appearance and performance, the rapper may reach the platinum mark in three weeks, with approximately 180,000 units left to move.

Although the positions fell considerably in the last week, the next three urban releases remained in order. Redman & Method Man's [click to view] sequel, Blackout 2 [click to read], sold approximately 20,000 second week units. The Def Jam release, featuring production from veterans such as Havoc, Pete Rock and Erick Sermon, fell over 10 places.

Universal Motown acquistion Busta Rhymes [click to read] fell four positions back from two the prior wedding, 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] is on the verge of clearing 150,000 units with her Epiphany release. Keri Hilson stayed close behind, out-selling Rick Ross, with her In A Perfect World... [click to read] debut.

* 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
211,000
820,000
18
Redman & Method Man
Blackout 2
20,000
78,000
22
Busta Rhymes
Back On My B.S.
17,000
76,000
26
Chrisette Michele
Epiphany
15,000
149,000
27
Keri Hilson
In A Perfect World...
15,000
311,000

Cam'ron's [click to read] Crime Pays [click to read] approaches 75,000 overall units sold. Cam sold just 200 more than Jadakiss' [click to read] 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.

DJ Drama [click to read] cracked 25,000 overall in his second week of his Gangsta Grillz sequel. The Grand Hustle release was one spot behind T.I.'s Paper Trail

Def Jam's bad-girl-group Electrik Red [click to read], DXnext alums, debuted with a mere 5,000 sold of their Volume 1: How To Be A Lady [click to read]. 

Mike Jones [click to read] closed out the Top 200 in urban artist, with his The Voice [click to read] release approaching 50,000 overall.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
61
Cam'ron
Crime Pays 8,000
66,000
63
Jadakiss
The Last Kiss
7,800
277,000
66
DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz: The Album, Part 2
7,400
25,000
100
Electrik Red
Volume 1: How To Be A Lady
5,000
5,000
179
Mike Jones
The Voice
2,700
46,000

Will Eminem go platinum by week 3? Stay on HipHopDX to know.

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