Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/22/2010

Eminem's Recovery held #1 for another week. The Aftermath release topped Kem's latest by a margin of over 40,000.

Recovery has now spent 10 weeks on the charts, with the vast majority of those as #1.

Rick Ross fell out of the Top 10 Teflon Don. The Def Jam rapper's fourth official album features work from veterans such as No I.D., DJ Clark Kent and Cee-Lo. Ross' album marches towards gold. Drake's Thank Me Later was right behind Ricky at #12. Not crossing the million mark this week, it almost a certainty that the Toronto actor/emcee will see his first platinum next week.

Two veteran releases to the charts returned to the top of the urban place-holders. The Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. and Usher's Raymond v. Raymond took the #29 and #31 spots respectively. The Interscope/A&M/Geffen release from BEP has spent 63 weeks on the charts, and likely will head to triple platinum. Meanwhile, already platinum, Usher's latest is said to be getting supplementary remixes on an upcoming platinum edition.

* 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
116,000
2,229,000
11
Rick Ross
Teflon Don
24,000
332,000
12
Drake
Thank Me Later 23,000
994,000
29
Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D. 13,000
2,746,000
31
Usher
Raymond v. Raymond
13,000
1,018,000

Bun B's Trill O.G.  fell to #35. Bun's album is the first since moving his Rap-A-Lot Records distribution from Asylum to Universal Fontana. The third in the "Trill" series features appearances from Drake, Gucci Mane and posthumous verses from 2Pac and Pimp C, while production is handled by DJ Premier, Boi-1da and veteran UGK producer Steve Below. In two weeks, Trill O.G. is marching towards the 100,000 mark.

Outkast's Big Boi slipped out of the Top 50 at #51. His critically-acclaimed Def Jam debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty features artists such as T.I., Gucci Mane and Too Short, with production from Organized Noize, Scott Storch and Lil Jon. The Roots' acclaimed How I Got Over is 19 spots behind Big Boi. This other Def Jam release features extended Roots family Dice Raw, Truck North and others, in addition to Blu, Phonte and Peedi Peedi.

Another acclaimed release, Damian Marley & Nas' Distant Relatives sits at #116 The Universal Republic/Def Jam release heads towards 200,000 units. Tech N9ne's third "collabos" album, The Gates Mixed Plate has sold nearly 30,000 units. The Strange Music release features the likes of Jay Rock, Devin The Dude and Glasses Malone, as well as the Kansas City label's in-house team.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
35
Bun B
Trill O.G.
11,000
68,000
51
Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty 8,100
146,000
70
The Roots
How I Got Over
5,800
131,000
116
Damian Marley & Nas
Distant Relatives
3,900
178,000
188
Tech N9ne Collabos
Gates Mixed Plate
2,400
28,000