Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/30/2009

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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/30/2009

Letoya Luckett, Queen Latifah and Lil Wyte all debut on charts. Are the Black Eyed Peas a week away from platinum?

The lone Rap act still in the Top 10 this week was California's Black Eyed Peas [click to read]. Quite distant from their Ruthless Records roots on The E.N.D. [click to read], Interscope's other big money-maker is just one week away from Rap's second platinum plaque handed out to 2009 releases. Label-mate Eminem sank to #28 with his Relapse [click to read], an album that may reach 1.5 million units sold before October.

This week's charts welcomed urban newcomers. Former Destiny's Child member Letoya Luckett [click to read] released her second solo album, Lady Love. The Capitol Records release debuted at #12, with just over 30,000 first week units sold. Ludacris [click to read] and MIMS [click to read] guest on the release. Queen Latifah's [click to read] first Rap release in 11 years debuted inside the Top 25. Released independently on her famed '90s imprint Flavor Unit, Latifah's Persona [click to read] featured an album almost entirely produced by Florida hit-makers Cool & Dre [click to read]. The other debut release came from Alternative emcee Matisyahu. The third album from the West Chester, Pennsylvania native focuses more on his Reggae influence, boasting production from Sly & Robbie.

Maxwell's Black Summer's Night slipped to #17, still holding platinum-potential.

* 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
8 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
36,000 994,000
12 Letoya Luckett Lady Love
33,000 33,000
17 Maxwell Black Summer's Night
27,000 668,000
19 Matisyahu Light 22,000 23,000
25 Queen Latifah Persona 18,000 18,000

Fabolous [click to read] fell 13 slots with Loso's Way [click to read]. With strong radio play, the Def Jam album likely passes the 200,000 mark next week. Twista's [click to read] Category F5 [click to read] continues to prove to be a success for both the Chicago veteran and EMI Records. Released independently, with the strong distribution, the effort is similar to the machinery coming with Raekwon's highly-touted Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 album coming later this month.

Hypnotize Minds' artist Lil Wyte cracked the charts just outside of the Top 100. The Memphis rapper's The Bad Influence [click to read] album boasts DJ Paul & Juicy J [click to read] production, underneath tracks largely devoted to drug use and partying. Having previously sold six-figure numbers on independent releases, Wyte may be one to watch accumulate sales over time.

Slaughterhouse [click to read] remained in the Top 150, but fell considerably for the second straight week, with their acclaimed self-titled release [click to read]. 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
28 Eminem Relapse
16,000 1,396,000
32 Fabolous Loso's Way 15,000 193,000
87 Twista Category F5
6,000 110,000
104 Lil Wyte The Bad Influence 4,900 4,900
147 Slaughterhouse Slaughterhouse
3,300 28,000

Will Pitbull, Beanie Sigel or The Chronic Re-Lit burn on the charts? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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