Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/18/2010

Eminem's Recovery will not budge from #1. While Drake's Thank Me Later bumped one spot to #3, Em fell just short of 1.5 million units cleared.

Drake's So Far Gone finally crossed the 500,000 mark, giving the Rap sensation a gold plaque on both of his retail releases - and another from his role on We Are Young Money.

M.I.A. snagged a Top 10 debut with her latest, /\/\/\Y/\. Albeit titled poorly for Internet search engines, the Rap-friendly Electro-Pop princess went even more political with her latest Interscope release.

Outkast's Big Boi fell 11 spots to #14. The Atlanta Hip Hop pioneer is 10,000+ units shy of the six-figure mark with his critically-acclaimed Def Jam debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The release features artists such as T.I., Gucci Mane and Too Short, with production from Organized Noize, Scott Storch and Lil Jon. Big Boi's new label-mate, The-Dream, fell eight units to #12 with Love-King.

Usher's Raymond v. Raymond maintained Top 20. The veteran Pop entertainer's "divorce album" is marching its way to a platinum plaque for Mr. Raymond and his longtime backer, LaFace Records.

* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
1
Eminem
Recovery
195,000
1,482,000
3
Drake Thank Me Later
50,000
833,000
9
M.I.A.
/\/\/\Y/\
28,000
29,000
14
Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
26,000
89,000
20
Usher
Raymond v. Raymond
18,000
935,000

Former Young Money and No Limit Records artist Curren$y found a Top 40 debut with his Def Jam-distributed Pilot Talk. Produced by Reasonable Doubt architect Ski Beatz, and featuring Mos Def and Jay Electronica, the New Orleans emcee cleared over 10,000 first week units.

Two new chart appearances came courtesy of Paul Wall's latest, Heart of A Champion. The Swishahouse/Warner Brothers/Asylum release featured surprise collaborations courtesy of Jay Electronica, Raekwon and Kid Sister. The release fell just shy of a Top 50 debut. Meanwhile, despite critical acclaim, Capone-N-Noreaga's War Report 2 fought to stay in the Top 100. Executive produced by Raekwon, the EMI-distributed project features Nas, Busta Rhymes and several personnel carry-overs from CNN's acclaimed 1997 first War Report.

Florida rapper Plies found the 100,000 mark with his Atlantic Records' Goon Affiliated album. This is the fourth album from Plies to cross that benchmark.

 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
38
Curren$y
Pilot Talk
11,000
11,000
56
Paul Wall
Heart of A Champion
7,600
7,600
98
Capone-N-Noreaga
The War Report 2
4,600
4,700
111
Plies
Goon Affiliated
4,000
103,000
146
Drake
So Far Gone
3,300
500,000