Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/31/2010

Jay-Z and Eminem have a close race again, while Hope For Haiti Now holds strong. Will Cash Money/Young Money have five Top 200 releases next week?

MTV's Hope For Haiti Now release stayed strong in its second week of release. Now coming in #2 just behind Country/Pop act Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, the compilation of songs specifically written for the tragedy includes work from already chartering acts such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Alicia, Keys and Mary J Blige. Wyclef Jean was also involved. Proceeds from the sale go to relief efforts in Haiti, which were independent of the over $57 million raised by phone, text and web support over the weekend.

Michael Jackson's This Is It made a huge climb on the charts. The Epic Records soundtrack companion to the summer film surged 11 spots. Although the Grammy Awards aired Sunday, the tribute may have had a huge effect in the closing hours of the sales week, which runs Monday through Sunday.

The lone new Urban release was Corinne Bailey Rae's The Sea. The EMI/Blue Note project was met with warm reviews, and debuted at #7. The Black Eyed Peas maintained a Top 10 appearance with The E.N.D. The Los Angeles-based quartet's release crossed the 1.9 million mark, bringing them to the cusp of double platinum.

Alicia Keys' Element Of Freedom remained in the Top 10. The #7 J Records release appears to be two more weeks away from a platinum plaque, though Keys' involvement with the aforementioned telethon and other media appearances could drive sales faster.

* 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
2 Various Artists Hope For Haiti Now
143,000 314,000
6 Michael Jackson's This Is It
55,000 1,404,000
7 Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea 53,000 53,000
10 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
40,000 1,929,000
11 Alicia Keys Element of Freedom
37,000 965,000

Lil Wayne and teammates' We Are Young Money approaches 300,000 just as Rebirth releases. Next week, Wayne will likely be the first rapper since T.I. to have two different albums on the Top 200. With Birdman, Jay Sean and the 350,000-plus-selling Drake already on the charts, Cash Money/Universal Records shows signs of early sales dominance in 2010, though Interscope continues to find a great magnitude of success in Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent and Eminem.

Speaking of Eminem's Relapse, that and Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 continue to sell very close week-to-week. The two efforts differred by less than 250 overall units sold. Both aim for multi-platinum status, with equal potential in the next quarter.


Kid Cudi is likely two weeks away from crossing the 300,000 mark. The Cleveland-born emcee/singer found a lot of success in his debut release Man On The Moon: The End Of Day. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper is said to be taking a new artistic direction with his 2010 sophomore effort, which will reportedly be a more positive, happier-sounding record. 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct heads towards 400,000. The Interscope album may be Fif's last with his second major label. 

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
28 Young Money We Are Young Money
19,000 270,000
40 Jay-Z Blueprint 3
14,000 1,578,000
41 Eminem Relapse
14,000 1,805,000
85 Kid Cudi Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
6,600 289,000
86 50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
6,600 379,000

With slower sales, can Styles P & Green Lantern, Statik Selektah  or Nneka crack the charts? Will Lil Wayne's Rebirth assume the top spot?

92 Comments

  • boogs

    We need more Cudi supporters

  • Chris

    Eminem is the Best! Wait for Relapse 2! Shady Records!

  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

    He's the best goat of all!!

  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

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  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

    He's the best goat of all!!

  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

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  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

    Little Wayne is a huge goat!

  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

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  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

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  • Rapey McChrist the Cactus Fucker

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  • c//gaddic

    @OTAY Ran rap? You are a F*ckin idiot Let's do they facts Jay-z has never ran rap with critically acclaim or record sales or the underground(mixtapes) C acclaim- Nas Illmatic(Best rap album) R Sales- Eminem and Tupac Underground - G-Unit(back in the day),Papose (03-05) Lil Wayne(Dedication 1 &2), Joe Budden (Mood Muzik1-3) now recently Drake The only thing Jay-z has "ran" is being the most successful business rapper His fortune was attained by clothing shoe lines and skillful business decisions Jigga sold 30+million ther's no way in hell he could be worth 547 mllion of his music Wakeup Jigg is a legend but saying he's the

    • peter cottonmouth

      Jay-z put out a quality album every year for like 10 years and every one went platinum. thats called running the game. His only duds are kingdom come and blueprint 2, both of them have 4-5 bangers plus huge singles. In the nineties and early 00's he beat all his competition by consistency and building momentum. overated? yes. classics? yes. ran rap? yes.

  • C-ARSON

    I'm white so whomever hijacked my name fuck off. don't hate the truth MUST HAVE A MENTAL DISEASE. I'M REAL AT LEAST

  • C-ARSON

    i gotta be the most racist little fuckin internet thug nigga on this damn site... DAMN I BE SO HOOD, BITCH!!! look at my comments, im probably on this site from 5am till 9pm i RUN THIS SHIT!!! who else could do this but me, NO ONE! it take a real internet thug with NO FUCKING LIFE to do what i do. I DONT NEED A LIFE AND WHO REALLY NEEDS TO GET PUSSY WHEN I CAN WATCH THAT SHIT ON YOUPORN... FOR FREE?

    • C-ARSON

      Please, i must have an HIV, thats why i cant get no fucking pussy :(

    • C-ARSON

      PLEASE YOU MUST HAVE A MENTAL DISEASE....... AAH POOR LITTLE BOY DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS PROVING YOU WRONG SO YOU THREW A FIT HIJACKED MY NAME AND SAID I WAS RACIST, NOT KNOWING I WAS WHITE. I'LL ADMIT WHEN I'M WRONG BUT IN THIS INSTANCE I'M RIGHT SO GET YOUR KNOWLEDGE UP. LITTLE BITCH

  • C-ARSON

    @ Duke Boy.......I agree. if Fabolous or Cassidy had the budget for production and the harmonies/hooks of 50 cent I would be calling them ALMOST GOATS.(but i get your point) BUT that is only because they're lyrical and ride a beat like GOATS....with that being said.......We both don't buy Cassidy or Fab albums and we both know why(i think). Fab makes too many girl songs and hires insert rNb singers name for all his melodies and hooks. Cassidy on the other hand has bad hooks and mediocre beats and just tears them up with his bars, As nice as i think he is his albums pretty much suck. I'm a fan of these two almost exclusively because of mixtapes. my 2 cents.

    • K.O

      Cassidy's I'm A Hustla is 1 of my Favourite albums the hooks,verses and beats are amazing in my opinion it's a great album. Also Split Personality was a good album. The intro tracks on these albums are both lyrically perfect.

    • C-ARSON

      LIL'WAYNE ILL NEVER BE IN MY TOP 10. MOST OVER RATED RAPPER ALIVE. HE'S NOTHIN BUT A BLACK POP STAR. HOT GARBAGE. ONCE AGAIN GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

    • CANT....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

      When its all said and done 50, Lil Wayne, Kanye will be in everybody top 10 of all times..........People seem to underappreciate legends, but 10 years from now everybody will have them top 10, all the hate will die down.................Its now way u can have the career of those 3 guys and dont be considered on of the greatest............

    • C-ARSON

      I HATE WHITE PEOPLE CUZ IM A NIGGA... BIOTCH!!!

    • C-ARSON

      forget everything i've been saying cause I AM WRONG AT LEAST 95% OF THE TIME!!! the only true statement i've made in this thread is that fact that i really really REALLY like cock... sad but really really REALLY true

    • C-ARSON

      YES, 50 IS BETTER THEN FAB AND CASS OVERALL. let's keep this civil cuz we stumbled on some common ground. I like 50 but up until now hes been over rated. He's nice plus got hooks beats and melodies but he's not multi-platinum good. in all honesty i don't think jay-z is either(at this point, shell of his former self, post retirement). I do believe he was. I feel 50 is selling what he should be now (a little less because of the leak) based on talent. Admit it as a 50 fan it's almost embarrassing watching a 120lb. white trash looking white kid who might have sold 4 dimes of weed in his life blaring crimewave or stretch while driving down the road in his moms lexus. And there is a lot of those!! a whole lot. they ain't hiphop

    • CANT....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

      @ CARSON..............Lets keep it real do u really think Fab and Cassidy is doper than 50 as a overall artist..........BISD beats are too hard for Fab voice...........Cassidy cant ride a beat he just say punchlines and pauses after every line............I will say Fabolous is a real artist he just make too much soft music but he can put together some great radio songs plus he does his thing on features..........Cassidy still on that Ruff Ryder punchline BS he was doin in '03................... 50 is 50 he's a beast in many ways............Fab is a great radio artist who use to be RAW in '01-04........Cassidy at some point had everybody amazed with his bars but nowadays he still a great "rhymer" but his "lyrics" are garbage.............

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  • epitome1986

    dammM! wayne is on pace to sell 125k, that shit is a hard fall! but atleast it will teach him to leave the rock shit alone and make the best possible album he can make with his next one.

    • Drucifer1983

      I thought I read that it was gonna sell 140K.......either way, it is a hard fall, plus with a year in jail coming up, its gonna be a long climb back to the top......

  • OTAY

    Nobody has ran hiphop longer then Jay-Z has...That is why he is considered the greatest

    • shawn301

      @JAY. u are a hov hater. weezy knows better. cant compare

    • jay

      hov has ran da game for only 6 years count fum 1997- 2003 wen he retired , wayne has ben runnin da game for 5 years count 2005- 2010 so wat r yall talkn bout? hov even said dat wayne iz da heir 2 da throne on Mr.Carter . N every song hov has done n wen lil wayne redo da song it sound way better, dear sumer, moment of clarity, dust ur shulders off, dats song wit mya n hov wayne version iz way better go n take a listen , upgrade wayne blow jayz off da song wtf, D.O.A, ( i admit hovs had more content on it, but wayne"s iz more lyrical . run dis town, Men at da end of the day wayne has change da game , he change wat it iz 2 b on features, he change how da mixtape game ,pushed it n mainstream single handly . Change wat it is to make a mixtape , rap 2 anytype of beat n kills it anybeat dat boy iz legendary stop hatn n being bias

  • C-ARSON

    IF YOU BASE SKILL OFF OF A RAPPERS SUCCESS THEN WILL SMITH IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST RAPPER TO HAVE EVER EXSIST.

    • C-ARSON

      I HATE WHITE PEOPLE CUZ IM A NIGGA... BIOTCH!!!!

    • C-ARSON

      @^^^you missed the point and your wrong. duke boy tell'em whats up.

    • nigga please you must have a mental disease

      @C-ARSON once again dumb fuck youre wrong. if you based skills off of success either jay, fif, or diddy would be the greatest ever... where the fuck you come up with will smith? his account aint half of what these guys rolling in. your stupidity is a damn shame haha

    • CANT....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

      50 just makes great music and make other rappers look like pussies whats wrong wit that............If Fab or Cassidy would've made BISD u niggas would call them GOATS..............

    • C-ARSON

      Well it sure seems 50 can do NO WRONG IN YOUR EYES.

    • CANT....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

      I dont disagree wit a blogger on every opinion like other bloggers on here SOLELY because I dont like em. (JASONCTOWN)

    • C-ARSON

      wow i'm shocked Duke Boy just agreed with me! Lucifer is knocking at my door.

    • CANT....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

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  • C-ARSON

    IF YOU BASE SKILL OFF OF A RAPPERS SUCCESS THEN WILL SMITH IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST RAPPER TO HAVE EVER EXSIST.

  • Vapa

    B.I.G is the greatest ever

  • makaveli

    snoop dogg is tha biggest rapper alive he sold 40 millions albums worlwide he dosn't need to sell more albums. westcoast fo'life.

    • ed0n

      eminem has sold over 80 millions worldwide you dumb shit

    • C-ARSON

      You act like you proving me wrong? Ha. your fucking white, at least you said you were and your name is "nigga please you must have a mental disease"??? your a disgrace. I got more Vinyl then your whole hiphop collection. Bitch please you must have a mental disease messin with me.

    • C-ARSON

      If Dr.Dre didn't feature feature snoop dogg on deep cover and nothin but a G thang then produce the entirety of doggystyle. Snoop wouldn't be snoop. If Dr.Dre didn't co-sign Eminem produce Slim Shady LP and feature him on a 1/3 of Chronic 2001 Eminem wouldn't be the Eminem you praise as some demi-god. I not saying either MC isn't talented or not nice or isn't legend. As far as success and units sold and superstar status they would be that.

    • C-ARSON

      he goes gold+ because of his lyrics. he goes platinum because he's white. Oh and that little guy they call the doctor doesn't hurt.

    • nigga please you must have a mental disease

      @C-ARSON no dumb fuck all he has to say is "See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare, Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here" and murder rappers like jay and wayne everytime they would attempt to do a track with him... thats why he goes plat.... the fact that carson dont know shit bout shit is a damn shame haha

    • C-ARSON

      ALL EMINEM HAS TO DO IS SAY HIM MY NAME IS...SLIM SHADY! THEN HE GOES PLATINUM OR MORE. I PEOPLE THAT ONLY BUY CREED AND GARTH BROOK RECORDS THAT BUY EMINEM ALBUMS. IT A DAMN SHAME.

    • Muzake

      He said rapper...not comedian...

    • james boudreaux

      eminem the biggest rapper ever dumb fuck he out sold your prescious west coast legends snoop dogg and yes tupac with over 80 million albums sold.

    • Muzake

      He is also known as HipHop's teddy bear...All he has to do is say Fo'Shizzle and the white people eat it up...ask anybody from the old generation to name a rapper and they will most likely say Snoop. Jay-Z is by far the biggest rapper in the game

  • makaveli

    snoop dogg is tha biggest rapper alive he sold 40 millions albums worlwide he dosn't need to sell more albums. westcoast fo'life.

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  • A4L

    How much did R.Kelly sold till now? I guess he's higher than Kid Cudi, maybe like 50 Cent.

    • energii

      This is what wiki says: The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 110,000 copies in its first week, marking his ninth top 5 album on the chart. The album has currently sold 300,000 copies.

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  • Caligunnr

    Its funny how Cash Money(Jay Sean and Drake) sales(350k) are referred to as "dominant" yet 50cent is flopping with 379k lol just saying. I think everybody not named(Jay-Z, Em, Weezy, Yeezy, Jeezy, or TI) is and will continue to flop GOLD if people are lucky. Which, believe it or not is a good thing since only the underground will survive. Underground hip hop survives with NO airtime (Radio or TV) by spending as little as possible on promo, production, features, etc. Mainstream rappers will be the first to go (Thank God).

    • Drucifer1983

      Alot of underground rappers arent doing numbers either..... Royce 5'9" for example........."Death Is Certain" was underground in 2003 and sold in the neighborhood of around 80K..............in 2009 "Street Hop" sold like 20k if that Underground artist are gonna suffer just as much if not more then mainstream cats

    • bobby_b_nice

      i think its because they have "debut" albums/tapes and Fiftee has been in the game for a while. and considering how well his other albums have done, this IS considered a flop. and dominant might also means that their sales may not have not slowed as where fif's have. but thats just my opinion.

    • C-ARSON

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  • C-ARSON

    YOU AIN'T HIPHOP IF.....................

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  • RealTalkNY

    aye JasonCTown...why is it that everytime i check up on 50 cent news your always on here with like a million comments dissin' the dude, if you dont like him so much why you always commenting on everything he does?? you look like a 50 dick rider to me dawg haha, and yo all the lil wayne fans out there, rebirth gon sell 140k first week, thats less then fifs first week sales for BISD....now talk about somebody fallin off bitches, get the fuck outta here with that Wayne shit, dude completely went straight rock-pop, he aint spittin gangsta rap any more. So if you gonna diss Fif you might as well be dissin' wayne too...

    • JasonCTown

      DUKEBOY might be missing a chromosome. Opinions and facts are 2 different things, yet you clearly dont know the difference. You like who you like, and same with me. The difference is youre retarded. Call me gay or a fag all you want.....it seems to be what you're best at when backed into a corner. Eat an AIDS dick.

    • I.......cant.......stand........duke.......boy

      LOL! co-sign? and u dont even agree with him? Ur a fuckin idiot duke boy!

    • C-ARSON

      SHUT THE FUCK UP DUKE BOY THE CHICK YOU FUCKED HAD A DICK!

    • CANT....BAN......DUKE....... BOY

      Co-sign...................Wayne is one of the greatest so I dont agree with everything.............JASONCTOWN, I dont know who u dick ryde more 50 or DUKE BOY...........Its obvious u dont get pussy u faggot......

  • Drucifer1983

    Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Lil Wayne long-awaited rock album, Rebirth, hit yesterday, and looks on track for between 140-150k in first-week sales as he prepares to be imprisoned for a year on gun possession charges. Needless to say, his last album, 2008’s Tha Carter III debuted with one million sales in its first week. He appears on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone www.hitsdailybouble.com

  • Drucifer1983

    Congrats to Em and Jay, last 2 Real MC's left repping the right way........Well, not the last, we still got Luda, Tip and Nas lurking on the horizon.......But, in 2009 anyway, they were the only Real MC's to do any numbers, so Props to them Lil Wayne album is gonna brick, on www.hitsdailydouble.com there predicting it to sell 140K its first week..........Big fall from C3

  • MusicFiend

    I enjoyed 50's album (not feeling the dvd movie too much though) but it's true that his relevance has gone downhill quite a bit. I think 50 and the Unit will always have a base core of fans (myself included) but their days of selling plat albums are over. Shady on the other hand is just killing them. He's selling like mad, performing with some of the (currently) highest selling and relevant artists, winning awards at the VMAs and shit and judging by his shit since Relapse dropped, R2 is gonna be crazy! 2010 will be Shady's year. Rebirth aint gonna do nowhere near the numbers Carter 3 did once ppl hear the tracks that aren't Prom Queen and Drop The World and realize it's garbage but it'll still do better than 90% of albums rock or rap.

  • snoman

    a lot of hate going around lol, eminem is my fave rapper and its not coz of his record sales its coz no1 eles wud dare say wat he says, and 50 sold d same amount of records as jay-z did in his hole carrier (cant spell lol) but 50 did it in half d time, just a fact. jay is a legend no doubt and yes 50 album cud have been better,but he is still one of d best and wtf is all dis about death of g-unit no way day got a new album out dis year. cant wait for d new d12 album, R.I.P BIG PROOF.

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