Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/18/2010

Murs & 9th Wonder say "Never say Fornever," while MGMT crushes the charts, and Gucci Mane's retail mixtape outsells many artists' albums.

Sony's Electro-Pop duo MGMT were surprise chart climbers on their last album. However, the Brooklyn-based group that's worked with Kid Cudi and Jim Jones saw Congratulations debut at #2 behind Justin Bieber. Usher and his divorce ode Raymond v. Raymond fell to #4, making the LaFace release a prime suspect to cross the gold 500,000 unit mark next week.


Monica slid to #9  with her Still Standing. The J Records artist maintained a Top 10 position with an album that features production from Missy Elliott and Jim Jonsin. Monica's Atlanta neighbor Ludacris, who appears on Still Standing, went to #13 with Battle of the Sexes.

Sade bounced back in a major way. The Epic Records release shot back to #12, having already taken a platinum tour through the charts with her latest album, Soldier of Love.

* 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
2 MGMT Congratulations
66,000 67,000
4 Usher Raymond v. Raymond
64,000 486,000
9 Monica Still Standing 30,000 334,000
12 Sade Soldier of Love
25,000 1,100,000
13 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes 25,000 335,000


Gucci Mane
's retail mixtape, Burrrprint [2] HD sold just under 20,000 units for Warner Brothers/Asylum. The Brick Squad 1017 release made a Top 20 debut, giving the incarcerated Atlanta rapper two charted album, with his State vs. Radric Davis also at #89.

Wu-Tang Clan member trio Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon's Wu-Massacre skidded 30 more spots to #67. As predicted, the Def Jam album did cross the 50,000 unit mark. The warmly-received project features special packaging and production from RZA and Mathematics.

With their fourth installment together, Fornever, Murs & 9th Wonder exceeded the 5,000 mark. Debuting at #84, this release through SMC Recordings was made in Los Angeles, featuring native sons such as Kurupt, Suga Free and Sick Jacken.

E-40 crossed the 20,000 mark individually with both Revenue Retrievin' Night Shift and Revenue Retrievin' Day Shift. With the latter pulling ahead, 40 Water's first album with EMI Records proves to be a success when looked at collectively.

Lastly, Snoop Dogg's leftovers/companion release to Malice N' Wonderland, More Malice inches towards 50,000. The Priority/EMI Records release features Jay-Z, Soulja Boy and Bun B.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
19 Gucci Mane Burrrprint [2] HD
19,000 20,000
67 Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Wu Massacre
6,600 56,000
84 Murs & 9th Wonder Fornever
5,400 5,500
126 E-40 Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift 3,700 21,000
142 Snoop Dogg More Malice
3,400 34,000

With new releases from Cypress Hill, Devin The Dude, Little Brother and Kurupt, how will they all place? Stay tuned for next week on DX...

86 Comments

  • cannons

    hiphop is in such bad shape right now its not even funny in 5 years artists will be lucky to push 100 k to think 5 years ago 50 cent was selling 8 million records and now hes not going gold... ushed was once was going diamond... now hes barely going gold... what is wrong with people? why dont they buy albums?

    • kush nap

      real talk, its the urban markets that arent buying albums anymore. hip hop and r and b doesnt sell like it used to, cuz the kids download their shit. old ppl still cop albums, peep susan boyle. hip hop fans are conditioned to use computers, and have very little respect for the culture. i download, but if i like it, i buy it. a lot of these kids have no experience buying records.

    • b haze

      i buy albums all the time. i always support the artists i like. but most people are too fucking cheap. they would rather download for free and ruin what is left of the music industry.

  • E Dolo

    Record sales for hip hop are dismal, just look at the numbers for these once platinum selling artists. Only the artists with the more solid fan base and creative shit are goingto be able to sell, and even so they may not even put up the numbers they once was able to do. I think its time for me to release my shit.... hip hop nees help

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  • smoove_88

    MAN FUK ALL DEM NIGGAS ID RATHER LISTEN 2 SUM OLD SHIT LIKE SOULJA SLIM,MAC,C-MURDER,OUTKAST,GOODIE MOB,SLIM DA SKINNY CALHOUN,COOL BREEZE,PAC,BIGGIE.........SO ON AND SO ON MUSIC AIN'T LIKE DAT NO MO SO FUK ALL DEM NEW NIGGAS YA'LL DICK RIDIN LMMFAO@YA'LL FAGGOT AZZ'S

    • jaghill

      Nigga pleez any nigga u talkin bout wish they was as cold as them niggas on they bad days. This shit u call "music" is a Faggot Ass marketing game nd u sound like a bitch ass follower...go find shade under Gucci's sac!

  • b haze

    where is wayne and his bullshit ass rebirth, ha ,ha, ha, ha

  • gorav1234567890

    why is everyone complaing about hip-hop dying we still got lot of old skool MC's coming back such as..... Xzibit Krs-One Busta Rhymes Game Dr. Dre Eminem Ice Cube Wu-tang Clan there all gonna relase new albumz this year and we also got CYPRESS HILL and KURUPT back in the game so ya'll got to chill if u hatin on these new artists like Lil Wayne GucciMane, Wale , Kid Cudi, B.oB and the rest!!!!!

  • gorav1234567890

    why is everyone complaing about hip-hop dying we still got lot of old skool MC's coming back such as..... Xzibit Krs-One Busta Rhymes Game Dr. Dre Eminem Ice Cube Wu-tang Clan they havent died yet u know there all gonna relase new albumz this year and we also got CYPRESS HILL and KURUPT back in the game so ya'll got to chill if u hatin on these new artists like Lil Wayne GucciMane, Wale , Kid Cudi, B.oB and the rest!!!!!

  • gorav1234567890

    why is everyone complaing about hip-hop dying we still got lot of old skool MC's coming back such as..... Xzibit Krs-One Busta Rhymes Game Dr. Dre Eminem Ice Cube Wu-tang Clan they haven't died yet u know there all gonna relase new albumz this year and we also got CYPRESS HILL and KURUPT back in the game so ya'll got to chill if u hatin on these new artists like Lil Wayne GucciMane, Wale , Kid Cudi, B.oB and the rest!!!!!

  • gorav1234567890

    why is everyone complaing about hip-hop dying we still got lot of old skool MC's coming back such as..... Xzibit Krs-One Busta Rhymes Game Dr. Dre Eminem Ice Cube Wu-tang Clan they haven't died yet u know there all gonna relase new albumz this year and we also got CYPRESS HILL and KURUPT back in the game so ya'll got to chill if u hatin on these new artists like Lil Wayne GucciMane, Wale , Kid Cudi and the rest!!!!!

  • complex901

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  • lankaistai

    snoop would have moved serious units if he left that 'pronto' trash track in the vaults

  • slickyaboi

    Why hiphop isn't dead(yet) Adventures of Bobby Ray-B.o.B Recovery-Eminem Good Ass Job-Kanye West Dehydration(?)-Charles Hamilton Detox-Dr. Dre Carter IV-Lil Wayne Man on the Moon Part 2: Wrath of the Rager-Kid Cudi When Fish Ride Bicycles-Cool Kids Thank Me Later-Drake and Let's not forget...We are Lasers-Lupe Fiasco

    • six duce

      hahaha..drake should not be on the list n neither should lil wayne b.o.b n i used to like hamilton till he wanted to be the best "female" rapper as for da police all three of them fuckin suck!....if it aint slaughter house eminem (recovery gonn be fire fuck whatcha heard) j.cole is pretty beastyy so is cudi..n thats really it outta the new cats...u wanna hear real hiphop turn the radio stations off n buy a cd thats worth it!.......sllllllllllaaaaaughterhouse!...oh n none ya know this but the next illest rapper coming out goes by the name of flaw a.k.a real talk!....HOLLA

    • complex901

      OK U TRIED 2 PROVE WHY HIP HOP AINT DEAD N WUT U ACTUALLY DID WAS PROVE WHY IT IS........ OK FIRST OF ALL- ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY IZ NOT HIP HOP THATZ R N B DOGGIE EMINIEM RECOVERY WAS A TRASH ALBUM- YES HE IS ILL LYRICALLY BUT THAT ALBUM WAS TRASH KANYE IS NOT HIP HOP THAT IS POP MUSIC N HE IS ALSO TRASH CHARLES HAMILTON IS NOT HIP HOP DR DRE DOESNT EVEN WRITE HIS RHYMES AND EVEN SO WHAT HE IS KICKIN IS NOT ILL CARTER ALBUM WAS TOP 10 TRASH OF THAT YEAR- LIL WAYNE IZ TRASH PERIOD DRAKE- LUPE N WHO EVER ELSE U SAID- BASICLY YEA HIP HOP IZ DEAD - U DID NOT NAME NOT 1 HIP HOP ARTIST EXCEPT EM AND THE NEW ALBUM IZ WACK- YA NEW GENERATION CONFUSE POP MUSIC N HIP HOP- IT IZ NOT THE SAME

    • gsup

      you forgot wacka flacka, nicki minaj, and oj da juice man, NO U LAME NIGGA, HE FORGOT NICKI MINAJ, THEM OTHA 2 NIGGAS SUCK. HE ALSO FORGOT GAME/T.I./JCOLE/RICK ROSS/YOUNG JEEZY/CLIPSE/EVERY MEMBER OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE(JOELL ORTIZ WILL MURDER EVERY NIGGA ON YOUR LIST BESIDES EMINEM)/JAY Z(HOW THA FUCK COULD U NOT MENTION HOVA,ALBUM COMING OR NO ALBUM BLUEPRINT 3 WAS PRETTY FUCKIN AWESOME FOR HIP HOP )/JUELZ(DIPSET BOUT TO GET BACK TOGETHER TOO).ALSO BUN B , CASSIDY, N FABOLOUS. DAMN SHOULD I KEEP GOING, COME ON HIP HOP FAN IF U GONE TALK THAT SHIT THEN TALK THAT SHIT. AND OUTKAST IS COMING THIS YEAR. ANDRE 3K RAPPING AGIAN. AND SHYNE IS HOME. MY POINT IS MADE. HIP HOP LIVES!!

    • Lasone

      Should be a "why hiphop IS dead" list. Except Em, Bob & Lupe. Detox aint dropping so its irrelevant.

    • da police

      you forgot wacka flacka, nicki minaj, and oj da juice man,

    • da police

      you forgot wacka flacka, nicki minaj, and oj da juice man,

    • slickyaboi

      Oh yeah, add T.I. & J Cole.

  • Just Doye

    The South is killing Hip Hop. THESE MUFUCKAS CAN'T EVEN RAP. ITS SHAME WHAT THE GAMES COMING TOO. THE ONLY PEOPLE WITH POTENTIAL THIS YEAR ALONE IS DRAKE, AND NICKI MINAJ (UNFORTUNATELY). BUT SHE GOT BARZ WHEN SHE WANNA SPIT. BUT YEAH ITS GON BE A MINUTE BEFORE HIP HOP LEARNS HOW TO BEAT THE ELECTRONICAL SYSTEM. ITS HARD TO PREDICT AN ARTIST'S'S OUTCOME WITH THE DEADLY LEAKING OF ALBUMS. CHECK OUT THE PUNCHLINE KING OF PG RIGHT NOW!!! HERE ON FACEBOOK REVERBNATION. THE LINK SPEAKS FOR ITS SELF. FREE OF DOWNLOAD. http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_3848706

  • LMFAOOOO

    ITS FUNNY YALL SAY 50 FLOPPED WHEN HE OUT SOLD WAYNE LUDA GUCCI SNOOP AND ALL THESE OTHER LIL NIGGAS BUT ONLY 50 FLOPPED LMAOOO 50 HAD ONLY 1 SINGLE THAT WAS GETTING DECENT RADIO PLAY BABY BY ME AND BISD LEAKED A MONTH AND A WEEK EARLY SO STOP THAT HATIN

    • PDUB1

      GET YO FACTS RIGHT STUPID ASS, 50 DID SELL SHIT LOL

    • pstyles_2000

      Everybody albums leak early.. Did he go gold yet? How long has that damm album been out? C'mon dogg, you defending BISD? The album wasn't his best. Its okay to say that if you still support him. It wasn't HIS BEST ALBUM, AND IT WONT GO PLAT. PERIOD.

    • ImFromDaSouth 239/404

      50 flopped cause his shit got leaked and he only had 1 song that got decent radio play huh.. Thats the excuse huh like his shit the only shit that got leaked b4!! Get the hell on lil dude.. U got a rapper who put out a rock album and did better than this niggas rap album.. no need to keep bringing up 50 name when it comes to album sales no more..

    • BOAW! BOW!

      GUCCI ! ! !

    • BOAW! BOW!

      nigga shut up his shit aint even gold yet and it been out forever.... wayne shit leaked 2 months early and its gold already and still doin better numbers then 50 lame ass plus the only decent single he had was drop the world that just came out . 50 is done point blank he lucky he got that vitamin water.

    • Acemoney

      50 outsold who? is he even gold yet? yea his 1st two albums was good. one thing bout wayne and luda and snoop is that they are still selliing and havent flopped. snoop been in the game for years. and luda aint goin no where. and wayne rock album sold more than 50 last album. its 2010. cmon son why we talkin bout his old shit. if thas the case bring up wayne luda snoop nem old shit. i dont hate 50 but come on now. lets be realistic. if he flopped then he flopped. shit his new album he workin on is techno. but he aint flop right? and i know u aint talkin kanye neither or hov. wen 50 get more number one albums than jay z then u can put him up there other than that. 50 was in my opinion artis of 03. 7 yrs ago

  • LMFAOOOO

    ITS FUNNY YALL SAY 50 FLOPPED WHEN HE OUT SOLD WAYNE LUDA GUCCI SNOOP AND ALL THESE OTHER LIL NIGGAS BUT ONLY 50 FLOPPED LMAOOO 50 HAD ONLY 1 SINGLE THAT WAS GETTING DECENT RADIO PLAY BABY BY ME AND BISD LEAKED A MONTH AND A WEEK EARLY SO STOP THAT HATIN

    • jwade23

      dont forget fabolous and loso way 2 i want to hear and see how fab gonna top there is no comp 2 the best mixtape of the year either that or apply pressure 2

    • polo p

      First off 50 is gold even tho' i dont like him but im not gonna sit here and lie. 50 gimmicks are catching up with him thats why he's not doing as well as he used to..The man still raps about grimmey ish, but people are just getting tired of him. Only true G-Unit fans cant see he's finish everybody else knows he's done..

  • jay the music guy

    I predict Slaughterhouse next album will do 85,000 first week physical sales when album comes out this summer

  • jay the music guy

    Slaughterhouse did around 30,000 first week sales... not including digital sales

    • nuc

      thanks,,, but any update on that number? and yes,, the next album should do large nmbers,, especially depending on what label they get put out on.

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  • nuc

    i know its ages ago,, but what final numbers did slaughterhouse put up? anybody?

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  • ONmyWay

    itz nt jus hiphop rock country n pop all da numbers r da same CD'S r dead no bdies wants 2 waste dey money on a album dat da only good songs on dere r da 2 singles whr dey do dat AT bt an artist 2 out look 4 diz summer will b Yungsta @officialyungsta

  • no way

    in the words of fat joe fuk fat joe

  • Mr. Wow

    I agree, numbers don't determine a good artist. But for those of you who think that bloggers are the next generation of A&R's are kinda dumb. You can't name one rapper that has did well because of bloggers. People need to start deciding for themselves whats good and not hopping on sumthing because a blogger said it is the next big thing.

  • Its Um

    What in the hell Cudi was thinking, still trying to push that damn pursuit of happiness song with a different video, I truly think that is stupid, all the songs he got on there he chose to put out make her say, day'n'nite (which was reasonable because it was his mixtape), and pursuit of happiness.

  • HHFAN

    I can't fuck with Gucci. His lips look like to ashy honey buns and he sounds like a run away slave with some Popeyes biscuits in his mouth.

  • WHOSHOTCAM

    sales, sales, sales.. who cares? quality has been and always will be the measure.. wait five more years and see what 20-40 year olds are listening to.. hiphop is just starting to recognize true classics.. the future looks great.. and the new bread of artists that are evolving, taking their time to find their voice and sound instead of being engineered by A&R's are a delight to see.. so in the most positive way, forget the charts, you (the artist) are the destination.. the crowd will come to you, should never be the opposite..

  • J0SHPWILL

    Numbers are, lol... i wont even go there. looking forward to 2010 music releases though, should be a good year for some music from a diverse range of hip hop artists! CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • Hip Hop Fan 7

    Its very ironic how 50 Cent (A rapper from NY that everyone hates) sold more than Ludacris (A rapper from ATL who everyone loves), Snoop Dogg (A westcoast "OG" who everyone loves), and Gucci Mane (Another ATL favorite).....Just seems like an interesting fact.....But everyone still claims BISD flopped.....Go figure.....lol.

    • bobby_b_nice

      i also dont believe 50 flopped. he went or is inching on going gold so thats powerful. however, having a previous albums sell 5 mill+. then its commercially a failure. not that is a failure in all senses, just commercially.

    • bobby_b_nice

      i like Luda because he is creative, he aint the best lyricist but he is fucking imaginative. and thats a talent. 50 is a fucking bully and not creative, but he's a business man. for that aspect, i will give him props. also how can you compare two albums that came out months apart? and if you were watching the numbers, Luda's been doing slightly better than 50 for the amount of time the albums been out. as far as Snoop....eh he's trying. Gucci Mane should never be discussed in the same conversation as Ludacris, Snoop, OR Fifty. Anway, your so called "irony" holds no water as the comparison you presented is flawed.

    • Cali Gunner

      Yup BISD was hard.. haters are missing out

    • nice...

      how yall reach to curtis. you should be talkin bisd, which lil wayne outsold as for luda he's gettin soft. i'm a fan of neither of these niggas by the way. shout out to sade {1 mil} so if you fav artist ain't sellin it's cuz their music is jus ass accept it. either that or they're underground.

    • JasonCTown

      Curtis sold 5 million but sucked. If you think that was quality, you need your head examined.

    • kingdhee

      Luda is not as popular as he once was tho...I've never been a fan anyways but you are right 50 did outsell them and Lil Wayne too who is supposed to be "THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE" but isn't he singing now??? LOL...and I think Gucci would have sold more if he could have toured and promoted his album more. My lil nephew was telling me that 50 was finished couldn't sell records anymore until I showed him the numbers (they don't lie) and he saw that 5 mill of CURTIS worldwide and shut him up!!!

    • Macerlesd

      dude luda album is selling better weekly than 50 album was at the same point in time luda's album will hit gold far before 50's in a comparable time frame. though in this economy i wouldnt say 50 cents album flopped or anything

    • J0SHPWILL

      lol, hell yeah. cats be hating on 50 hard. BISD went hard as hell.... CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    nice move HHDX no em,50,wayne what they gone do now? everyday is 420

    • yung botti

      to all u fucking idiots that said 50 didnt flop wtf are u smoking for 50 the caliber rapper that he is not doing at least half a mil first wk sales is a flop the same with jigga em ti wayne and kanye

    • J0SHPWILL

      oh yea.. everyday is def 420!!!!!!! CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

    • J0SHPWILL

      Them niggas still around. So many people dropping in 2010. We may get some classic albums, may not.. CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • Ether Q

    Damn I remember Snoop once dissed Soulja Boy (he called him Soulja Man) and now he's doing songs with him. Numbers are waaay too low though. Cept damn Gucci doing 20k with a mixtape?! Not bad for him.

    • J0SHPWILL

      Def not bad for Gucci.. and I fux wit Gucci hard, lol... Numbers are def down, ppl need to step their music up, or the industry need to figure out a new system for distribution. CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • Bauce

    Seriously. These numbers are just depressing. I need to stop readin these

    • J0SHPWILL

      lol.. real talk CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • ****TEXAS DRUG MONEY*****

    XXL MAG gave E-40 both albums an XL. I agree I bought it at BEST BUY and E-40 defintely got fire on his albums. Everything from his flow, concepts and beats. Im glad i bought it.

    • J0SHPWILL

      e-40 got bangers!?!?!?!???, lol.... CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

    • YungRich

      They both good then? I wasn't sure if I wanted to get them but they are getting good reviews everywhere.

  • KnoxofAZ

    I listened to some MGMT tracks... Those bitch asses aren't hip-hop or r&b.... Soft collective bullshit! Hiphopdx reached for this shit!

    • J0SHPWILL

      Man thanks for the heads up. I was gonna check em out, but their name alone is a trun off. i might still check em out just to see for myself. CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. ITS A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

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