After last week’s surprising debuts for two of Rap’s most anticipated collaborative projects, the dust settled a bit. Usher‘s Raymond v. Raymond advanced to #5 from a #7 position last week. The veteran Pop entertainer’s “divorce album” is marching its way to a platinum plaque for Mr. Raymond and his longtime backer, LaFace Records.

Damian Marley & NasDistant Relatives maintained a Top 10 spot, but fell five spots to #9. The Universal Republic/Def Jam Records collaborative release has garnered huge critical acclaim in the Rap community for its rich commentary on the parallel relationship between Hip Hop and Reggae. Lil Wayne, K’Naan, Dennis Brown and Joss Stone appear on the work produced by Damian and brother Stephen.

B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray fell just two notches to #15. The Rebel Rock sensation has the strongest commercial debut in Rap thus far in 2010, and will likely clear 200,000 units next week, as last year’s Kid Cudi and Drake sit in the 300,000 and 400,000 units sold categories at present.

Will all the downward movement, The Black Eyed Peas and their nearly year-old E.N.D. release cleared the 2.5 million mark. The Interscope Records release remains a benchmark for its digital sales, and the label’s success in this economic climate. Another 2009 release, Alicia KeysElement of Freedom was included with the top five Rap/R&B sellers at #29. It was announced last week that the songstress and Swizz Beatz will be having their first child.

* 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
5 Usher Raymond v. Raymond
35,000 757,000
9 Damian Marley & Nas Distant Relatives 25,000 83,000
15 B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray 20,000 190,000
21 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
17,000 2,552,000
29 Alicia Keys Element of Freedom 12,000 1,292,00

Ludacris adjusted to #32 with Battle of the Sexes. The DTP/Def Jam album remains the imprint’s most successful 2010 album to date, and carries itself towards a gold plaque, possibly due by mid-summer.

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal’s Revolutions Per Minute fell to #62 in its second week on shelves. With co-executive production by Sha Money XL, R.P.M. features appearances from Bun B, J. Cole, Mos Def and Jay Electronica, among an assortment of Pop/R&B appearances.

Trina‘s Pop-inspired album, Amazin’  cleared 50,000 units sold, as expected. The Diamond Princess’ independent release boasts backing by EMI Records, similar to releases by Raekwon and Twista last year. Speaking of southern veterans, 8Ball & MJG bumped to #123 with Ten Toes Down. Distributed through E1 Entertainment, the Grand Hustle project is executive produced by T.I., and features an extensive guest-list of contemporaries and newer artists influenced by the Memphis mainstays.

The lone new release to the charts is Cam’ron & The U.N.’s Heat In Here Volume 1. The Warner Brothers/Asylum-backed project is very similar to Gucci Mane’s The Burrrprint [2] HD release, which also charted. Cam’s latest crew includes Vado and Byrd Lady, among others.
Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
32 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes
12,000 429,000
62 Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute
6,800 28,000
85 Trina Amazin’
5,400 54,000
123 8Ball & MJG Ten Toes Down 4,200 33,000
133 Cam’ron & The U.N. Present…
Heat In Here Volume 1
3,700 3,800

Can west coast veterans Kokane and Yukmouth crack the charts next week? Will Homeboy Sandman’s The Good Sun have the sales to match its critical acclaim? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to see…