Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/15/2010

Eminem's "Recovery" gets to two million sold, but does it take back #1? Mike Posner and Street Sweeper Social Club debut on the charts, and Fat Joe hangs on.

Eminem's Recovery returned to #1, again. The Aftermath release beat last week's #1 Arcade Fire's, by close to 80,000 units. In doing so, Eminem became to first emcee to garner a multi-platinum 2010 release, as Recovery now is in the two million jurisdiction.

Rick Ross also joined the 300,000 club with Teflon Don. This feat puts the Miami rapper in an elite 2010 club with Drake, Em, B.o.B., Ludacris and Lil Wayne. The Def Jam rapper's fourth official album features work from veterans such as No I.D., DJ Clark Kent and Cee-Lo. Speaking of, Drake's Thank Me Later fell to #11. There is a strong possiblity that the Cash Money/Young Money release will meet the million mark next week, if sales are up.

Former Underground Report artist Mike Posner garnered a Top 10 debut with 31 Minutes To Takeoff. Now signed to J Records, the Duke University alum and Michigan native balanced singing and raps with an album that features Travis Barker, backed by single "Cooler Than Me."

One of this year's true surprises came courtesy of UGK's Bun B. Trill O.G. maintained a Top 20 performance after last week's #4 debut. 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. crossed the 50,000 mark as an independent release.


* 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
133,000 2,113,000
7 Rick Ross Teflon Don
30,000 309,000
8 Mike Posner 31 Minutes To Takeoff 29,000 29,000
11 Drake Thank Me Later
24,000 970,000
17 Bun B Trill O.G.
16,000 57,000

Outkast's Big Boi shuffled to #44. 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 31 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 fell just outside of the Top 100. The Universal Republic/Def Jam release sits just below 175,000 units. The duo has toured extensively, and Marley hosted a UStream chat on Monday night. Another debut this week came courtesy of Street Sweeper Social Club's Ghetto Blaster EP. The Rap/Rock duo of Boots Riley (The Coup) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave) made covers of such tunes as LL Cool J's 1991 hit "Mama Said Knock You Out" and M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes." Debuting at #144, the seven-song EP released through Warner Brothers distribution cleared over 3,000 units.

Fat Joe holds onto the Top 200 The Darkside Volume 1 at #192 . The release marks Joe's debut with E1 Entertainment, and features work with DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Too Short. The darker-themed album has critics comparing it to Joe's first three albums. Despite the strong praises, the work's sales have become an object of ridicule from Joe's nemesis, 50 Cent.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
44 Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
8,000 138,000
75 The Roots How I Got Over
5,300 125,000
103 Nas & Damian Marley Distant Relatives
4,100 174,000
144 Street Sweeper Social Club Ghetto Blaster EP 3,100 3,200
192 Fat Joe The Darkside Volume 1
2,400 19,000

Will Tha Dogg Pound bark at the charts in their star-studded return? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

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92 Comments

  • Mrnolv

    I don't understand what you are saying, how hard it is to go platinum? Think about what you are saying, there are about 310 mil people in the US. Let's say 5% of the US population likes, listens to hip hop, or what's left of hip hop since it's pretty much dead. You mean to tell me out of 15 mil that support hip hop (if you think it is still alive there should be much more), these artists can't get 1 mil of hip hop supports to buy their shit??? People are tired of hearing the hip hop is dead discussion, so my question is when did hip hop become so irrelevant? When did everyone on this site and other hip hop sites say I'm not going to buy any more hip hop? I personally haven't bought a hip hop album in at least 5 years because it's pretty much dead to me. But to you cat's that argue that hip hop isn't dead, what is your explanation on why hip hop isn't selling, isn't relevant as it was? I don't buy the argument it's alive and well underground, that's just plain fucking dumb. Why? Because Rock and Roll has been around since the 50's when have you ever heard rock only being underground? Hip hop/rap has been around 30 years, you can't take something that's been around that long and say only alive underground. I am curious how you cats who say it's still alive and well can explain it.

    • mrnoluv

      Not sure what that means? I guess no one answers the question because honestly no one really cares about hip hop anymore. Back in my days it was everything.

    • GaDee

      Hey cum rag...... the game is to be told not sold.....that's why hip-hop will never die.... as far as rap goes it's on life support right now u may get a couple of tpains and drakes err now and then as long as they keep some club bangers and keep out the truly goofy shit like laffy taffy and white t's yep.....

  • AL QEADA /PAKISTAN DIV

    fat joe lost money on the album shooting video,paying for features,label % ,damn he went at least -200k on that shit

  • OK

    50 may have sold more cd's over his whole career which isn't a very long one...but 50 cents CAN NOT TOUCH Rick Ross.......there's nothing else to be said!

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  • Lsn22s

    okay....not a 50 or a Ross fan but lets set something straight here... Teflon Don had a bigger opening week than Before I Self destruct..... take it in... now of course 50 has sold waaaaay more overall in his career, has more money overall and all that... also... Ross's last album "Deeper Than Rap" had a bigger opening week than the last G-Unit album... take it in... 50 and G-Unit are a bigger brand, but if you wanna be real about it...50 has lost so much more than Ross cuz he was soooo much bigger than him.... this is whats a big deal to people....50 used to be on commercially untouchable ground....now he's not... I wont say Ross is what affected 50's commercial viability, but he sure as hell didnt help it...i honestly think 50 lost just cuz he spent his time/energy on Ross and was expected to destroy him...but Ross survived and came out the other side ok...which makes 50 look bad, because both he and Ross are selling less overall, but 50 fell further... anyways...for the most part they both make careers out of selling ignorance to our/your people...so who cares right?...

  • West_Coast_G

    all u guys commenting are fuckin fags, get a life and ps drake already hit a mil idk where the fuck u got this info from

    • Lsn22s

      "all u guys commenting are fuckin fags, get a life" says the guy commenting...lol damn the internet is funny sometimes...

  • noivad12

    Recovery is raw from the 1st track to the end dat white boy raps circles around anyone in the fuckin rap game no lie every song aint fire but every single lyric is beyond clever and off da fuckin chain em is just 1 of the best period Niggas hate on Rick Ross but his album is good as fuck and that fat ass nigga can rap his ass off too..he is a character with all that using other niggas names and shit and lyin bout that co shit but dude is talented and gangsta rap is a fad anyway Teflon don go hard as hell tho...

  • hgghfghf

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  • RAHIIM

    Lol the thing with Fat Joe's album is that it is probably his best album since he was with D.I.T.C., but heh I've listen to it once and I was done with it. : )

  • Mrnoluv

    Wow, look at the state of hip hop LOL. Drake will probably hit a mil, but this kid is supposed to be the future of hip hop and he can only barely go platinum? Em the monster goes double no question he will win album of the year, he deserves it because like him or not the kid is single handily carrying hip hop. Big Boi, Rick whoever...all these artists can't sell, man I remember when hip hop was relevant. I'm an old cat, what happened to you young hip hop cats? Just not interested? I mean if hip hop isn't dead, can someone explain to me why hip hop isn't relevant anymore? Take away Em's album and you realize no other artist has gone platinum in awhile.

    • lol.

      you know how hard it is to go platinum these days a couple of years ago most of these rappers could have gone 2+ platinum like the roots, distant relatives and big boi's album those are great albums not fat ass joe and fake cop ross that says uhhh or traffic for fun or uuuuu in all his songs

  • Aug GA

    Wayne gonna come back and Smash everybody!

  • just an observation

    this dude drake aint platinum yet. all that hype for that, he cant even stay within a mil of em, and em came out after him.......DAMN n baby is already over there spending his money. mark my word, this dude Drake gonna be complainin bout is money in 2 to 3 years.

  • Eazy 83..Graffiti's Outcast

    i cant believe that Big Bois album isnt selling. that shit is sick. general patton goes raw. if it was like 5 yrs ago it would have sold for like 5 mill by now

  • bigdave77

    Officer ricky flopped fat joe is just irrelevent . major flop

  • hiphopincarnate

    i hate eminem stans both white and black...the guy is as old as dirt he older than pac would be now!!! fuck that piece of white trash, dog smelling nigger!!! half of yall that bought it are just lames who get no pussy cuz girls dont want to hear that wack shit. Recovery = garbage. Relapse = even more garbage. Eminem's discography = filth. your opinions on the matter = IRRELEVANT.

  • The.Watcher

    Eminem still killing them, I'm happy for him even though I didn't like Recovery at all. Relapse also wasn't that good but IMO better than Recovery.

  • nice...

    dx stay fuckin with the kid. i feel special

  • Kevin Bibbs

    Funny all the smart mouth niggas on here have no picture up. Internet bangas!

    • Lsn22s

      whoopie goldberg and her little brother!

    • noivad12

      so if they had a pic up what u gon do muthafucka? put out a search party and go lookin for em this a hiphop site fuck boy nobody pose to have no pic up that aint got shit to do wit no internet bangin or bein fake lmao shut yo lame ass up nigga u played yo self wit that comment ol weak ass lmao...damn niggas funny

    • Anonymous

      DUDE ITS WHOOPY GOLDBERG ON HERE!

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

      Kevin that looks like your mom......anyways tell her to suck something

    • HOLLAR AT ME

      @ Kev this is a hiphop blog forum, not to be confused with a social networking sight, remain on Facebook for that, but no one on here wants to see a niggas smily face after every comment, but I love your girl, please let us see a picture of that body, particularly that ass and those tits

    • Kevin Bibbs

      I shouldn't have my picture up? Ok I'll take it down yes maam

    • nice...

      you see if i was to threaten you online and sometime in the future something happened to you it wouldn't be smart having my picture there police would think that was me and shit. plus if i get into it with somebody on these boards and they want to do somethin about it shit they know what i look like, sorry life is way too real for that shit. plus it's kinda homo.

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

      Thats because we are not gay......why do you have your picture up this is not a gay site

  • H-DUB

    Damn, FAT JOE is done i guess. Get that BUN B. !!!

  • dboy313

    why is niggaz still talkin bout 50 yall must still love dat nigga if you didnt you would not mention his name

  • X

    Eminem the best rapper alive? maybe top 3 lyrically, the man is sick I give him that but his new c.d. really isnt all that good, hes got some bangers in there but its not an all around good cd like his slim shad Lp or whatever.... And the reason why he sells 2 million easy is because hes more of an international artist than rick ross is.... so everyone on Ross's nuts hatin on the nigga, the dude puts out good music, look at yourself in the mirror before passing judgement on anyone else

    • Mrnoluv

      I think you are forgetting that he's been doing it so long though. I honestly haven't seen another artist keep selling like this. He keeps going double platinum and it's been over 10 years since he's been out! That's amazing. Sooner or later after you put out album after album with 2 or 3 classics on it, eventually you will be considered the best of all time. I think that's why so many consider Em the best of all time. No one has lasted as long as him.

    • Shohi2trill

      Dude your right bout him jackin nas flow, az too. But lyrically that album was amazin. Ayt recovery is good i agree. But i would rather throw in his previous albums in my ipod. What i looked for in his music is the slim shady bit, not really the eminem [as a rapper] i got used to him rappin bout throwin his wife in the trunk, shit like that. So all this new shit im hearin from him is all great, but it just aint what im used to.. Besides i think it was the slim shady image that got him where he at, definately. The lyrics are dope and all that but it just aint the same...

    • OffMyNutz

      Please dude...Recovery is a great album from start to finish.Eminem sells because he is the best hands down...Don't put rick ross in the same sentence as Shady...ross is garbage!Teflon Don cannot fuck with Recovery as the #s already let you know!Em is just that NICE!!!Recovery=Album of the year!!!2010=Shadys' triumphant return!SHADYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

    • sharpsh00ter155

      eminem is not in the top 3 lyrically. i would put him in the top 3 best rappers *who are still putting out CDs*. there are a shitload of great rappers who i would put ahead of him, him probably not in the top 10 lyrically. fyi, infinite was a complete ripoff of Nas' flow and commmercialized songs, slim shady, mm, eminem show have a shitload of filler, but are far better than recovery i agree. recovery is still one of the best CDs of 2010, but your comment about him being international is ignorant, because he has 2million sales IN THE US. rick ross has close to 350k. reflon don is good, but the dude has hardly any supporting base and hes a TERRIBLE live performer, so he wont sell.

    • Shohi2Trill

      Dogg, you speakin sense there my gee. I dont like that new album like i dont like relapse. That shit aint em to me. I mean infinite, that was tight, but slip shady, marshall mathers lp eminem show that was that shit, courtesy of eminem. Like the comment coz niggas out here talk a lot of shit on this site so, pause!

  • Lol

    People really think the label is buying Eminem's records? I'm not an Eminem fan anymore, I'm especially not a fan of his current CD. But if you think it's not as popular as The Carter 3, you're all out of your damned minds! Eminem has the same thing going for him that Lil Wayne did when Carter 3 came out, WOMEN LIKE HIM! Women have always loved Eminem and the songs he's put out on the radio have been chick music. Then of course you always have his suburban white fans and teenagers buying his music and pretty soon you're entering Double Plat territory. I know a lot of people who have bought that CD and the last time I knew a lot of people that bought an album, it was The Carter 3. If you don't realize that, you're not paying attention.

  • Toppdogg908

    damn Ross numbers are actually good, yo 5-0, wheres that deathblow you promised us lololol

    • smoothdude2002

      300,000 is not really that good my nigga his shit should be at gold status by now but his last album only sold 320,000 so i gueeeeeeeeeess for him thats good thats the deathblow because even though some of you motherfuckers will support officer ross and his lack of authenticity there are actually people out there who will not fuck with rick ross based on that.sm

    • BipP1

      Deathblow...300K, seriously? LMAO!

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    so when C3 was doing numbers it was all universal/cashmoney/baby/slim was buying the albums...but when it comes to em his record label wouldnt dare do that...GTFOH

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      real fans my g..STFU with that shit

    • OffMyNutz

      Na hater!He has real fams who support his music!Just check out the shows he is doing...Every motherfucker there knows all the words to all songs!Buying all his albums..you people make me laugh..Such fucking haters!!!

  • Kevin Bibbs

    On another note I might have to check out that Roots CD. Anybody heard it? Is it good? I saw a video for one of their singles and it sounded good.

  • Kevin Bibbs

    Come on Ross this is the perfect time to get a well known video director and do a video for either "Live Fast, Die Young", or "AMMusic". That should atleast help him get Gold.

    • dirtygenez

      Why are you always on ross' dick, every fucking thing that talls about him you are on it hard. To answer your question about the roots. Buy there album to support REAL hiphop, not co rap

  • trill254thuglife

    even if thats legal which im sure its not eminem is still not buying his own shit. a legendary record label like interscope would never do that. and thats my opinion? you like ross yet its 300,000+ to 2,000,000+ you do the math and see who comes out on top. eminem is the best rapper alive. he outsells everyone by so much its not even funny.

  • yomama

    Rick Ross aint doin alright. He thought his album was gonna be as big as Em's...lol...stupid Cop.

  • Michael Mattox

    rick ross is doing awesome. glad def jam has his back with those extra sales. what a good business move......fags

  • DrewDown91

    Errybody hype on Bun B's album, I copped it 'cause of all the noise HipHopDX makin. It's kind of soft though. A lot of "I made it out the hood" ballads. I was expecting more Trill power shit and less will power shit.

  • INOA

    Distant Relatives still the of the Year.

  • bballa69

    in my opinion of your sellin over 2 million on one record then your the best in the game. flat out. once wayne gets out him and em are gunna have a tight battle for numba one. but they still gunna make great music together.

  • Trill254ThugLife

    Oh please haters Eminem is the best rapper alive period. Interscope doesn't make up numbers. WTF?? Nielsen Sounscan counts the sales smart one. Who does Interscope think they fooling?? Eminem is selling this much for two reasons. 1. Hes Eminem/The best rapper Alive, 2. The album is the best hip hop album since Kanye West Graduation. Your really surprised?? Eminem has sold over 80 MILLION ALBUMS WORLDWIDE. Hes the best selling rapper of ALL TIME. His earlier albums sold way more than this. Eminem just dropped this album the money isn't racked in yet and he didnt tour. Not to mention Jigga is an entrepreneur and Eminem has NEVER despite his great album sales been among the highest paid hip hop acts. Quit hating no record label buys there own cds. That's illegal if you didn't already know that. Plus they wouldn't be making any money. Quit hating on Eminem and accept the fact hes always gonna be the top selling rapper. He will always be the best rapper alive and is the best ever besides 2pac.

    • stfu

      okcboi learn to fuckin read idiot, I said compared with the true greats Em isnt close to being as versatile or creative, so NO i didnt say he isnt creative he jus isnt close to bein able to hang with the greatest you fuckin fool...

    • Anonymous

      @ Trill254ThugLife,if you only knew how badly i just ripped you but dx took off my shit. from nice... nigga

    • nice...

      @ Trill254ThugLife,if you only knew how badly i just ripped you but dx took off my shit.

    • nice...

      accept the fact hes always gonna be the top selling rapper. He will always be the best rapper alive and is the best ever besides 2pac.

    • sharpsh00ter155

      record labels buy their own albums to pass it around to everyone who worked on it/anyone who wants a copy who works close with them. some artists buy one of their own CDs because they dont even own a copy otherwise. Record sales doesnt meen hes the best rapper ever, which he deffinetly isnt. he took advantage of being white and a lyricist in a time when the rap game was taken over by a bunch of shitty ass bitches. Rakim, Nas, KRS-One, Tupac, Biggie, Talib Kweli, i would put over eminem in the best rappers of all time. get your shit straight and lurn your rap history before you start spreading bullshit.

    • okcboi

      @stfu, Fool!! rec labels wont waste moneyt buying they own artist albums. maybe a few but not the number eminem been puttin up. His album been out damn near 2 months and he just now dropped below 150k in sales over the course of a week. And he still sold 133k last week, he lost the number 1 spot and gained it back. his album is killin. Everyone thought drake album would do what his is doin. And to say he isnt creative that was by far the dumbest thing i HEARD. Go back and listen to soulja boy since u dont know music.

    • stfu

      Labels can buy there own albums, they do buy there own albums thats a fact. There used to be a 150,000 unit cap in place which got removed because it couldnt be enforced (labels where setting up dummy companies and buying extra units) Eminem is NOT the greatest rapper thats merely your opinion, his catalogue is hit n miss with the majority being wack and if talkin technical skills he doesnt have the versatility or creativity of 20 mcs i could name of top.

  • c red

    big ups to ross doin good numbers that album is the best of the year looks like it will atleased go gold i bet the ross haters are getting there panties in a bunch lol

  • wouzi

    CONGRAT TO JOEY CRACK CUZ HE'S REALLY GETTING DAT INDIE GWAP.

  • TracerONE

    Poor Fat Joe. The Elephant's been slaughtered. hahaha!

  • Rocky black boa

    the KILLuminati Freestyle. (rap to Kanye west's "power" beat) Im living for that shit Pac died for, the truth, you cant handle it buncha fuckin Tom Cruises, im not abusin, simple truth is, todays youth is fuckin stupid, turn off he radio, so pollutive, open your mind n let your spirit tune in, skulls n bones, these rappers have sold their souls, on the low, a nigga just tryin to expose, to let you know, without naming so and so, how it goes, in this industry ran by cultural rapists, like how Napoleon took out the last of the great kings, im on the list, soon theyll try to take me, but ill forever be, any means necessary Malcolm A to Z, coz the X aint enough for me, dodged a few larcenies, tryin to get me on that murder tip, coz my bars sound like a buncha clips, fiening for that real shit?, here you go your power fix,

    • nice...

      you know me fuckin with these niggas as usaul. lets see what was is wrong with this verse. now first off i'm speaking for me only. i don't consider my self that much of an asshole, idon't usually listen to music to get a "power fix". what do you call that delusions of granduer and shit, yeah not my style. so you as an artist adressing your audience basically jus call me an asshole in your verse. that tom cruis line... tom crusies character deliverd that line in the movie, "you can't handle the truth". so how the fuck you gon play tom cruise then call me tom cruise wtf is that shit. some of your subject matter seems to dwell on this "illuminati" talk that's going around. "skulls and cross bones" "selling soul" hmmmm. have we been watching some you tube lateley? napoleon is revered as one the great war leader that's someone you might wanna look up to be (or look down he was kinda short) but in your verse the napoleon character seems to be after you, so your better that napoleon is what your saying, and your oh so special that they want you dead, but yet you have time to write verse and post them up on hiphop sites. you then go on compare your self to 25 other malcoms cuz apparently your better than one of our great black leaders. apparently you seem to be a fugitive from the government for larceny (taking shit in lamens terms) and that the authorities can't seem to prove that, sooo now their tryin to pin you with murder cuz your under suspicion of having weapons. then i believe this is a rhetorical question if "i'm fiending" if i'm craving in other words this world view of yours (real shit) beacause i'm an asshole who craves power. give this guy an award why dont you. a grammy, nobel peace prize, what's the joint they give to writers(somebody help me out). i commend you sir. somebody should give you a job as a teacher. i feel good inside knowing that their are people like you out there willing to take on the honorable task of grooming our youth intillectually. GTFOH WITH THAT BULLSHIT

    • stfu

      larceny = theft/wrongful aquisition and has nothing to do with murder if you knew anythin bout what crime youd of known that so rap bout what you know not what you thinks cool

    • DrewDown91

      HOW YOU GONNA WRITE A "FREESTYLE?" STUPID. By definition a freestyle is not written. definition 2: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=freestyle

    • that sucked

      uhhh, my dude. no disrespect, but that freestyle? kinda lame. it didn't really say anything other than "i'm different than you." if you're really trying to give people the power of freedom and all, don'cha think that ya should've gone a bit more (forgive me) "ham" with the explanation of the theories and everything of that sort.

  • Timi

    Ross is Doing suprisingly well!! Clap for Him!! As much as you all hate to admit it, He has defied all odds and quited the so called powers that be (50 cent). 50 would not even have a better outing than Ross if he would drop any album............... and please spare me the Eminem crap!! really who goes from selling 80k copies to 113k copies in this economy???!!! His single with Rihana is hot I know but that is as far as it goes. These numbers are clearly made up. You can only sell hundreds of thousands in your fisrt set of weeks!! Besides the Forbes list just confirmed it!! Eminem despite having two Platinum Albums in 2 years only made 8 million. Who does intersope think they are fooling, Jay Z went Platinum and we have seen him rake in 63 Million. True True!!

    • smoothdude2002

      50 have had plenty of better outings than rick ross what the fuck are you talking about and lets get one thing clear rick ross is selling because of his beat selection not his lyrics thats the only reason ross is selling you can mute his vocals and put somebody else on there and that shit would sell i guess get rich or die trying wasnt a great outing, i guess the massacre was a fluke even curtis sold 770,000 in its first week. Dude do yourself a favor and blow out the back of your head you giving props to officer ricky lol i think you SUSPECT homie

    • Anonymous

      this Timi kids an idiot

    • casper21

      You clearly know little of what that article was about. Those are numbers from a previous year, did you not just get a tax refund check a few months back based off your earnings from the previous fiscal year. An album released this summer means nothing until next years numbers. Em hasn't toured in years, that's where artists make their money, that and endorsements, and he likely won't tour extensively in the future because he wants to be a responsible parent and living on the road away from home on international tours keeps you away from your family. Do you not listen to any of his lyrics dating back to that song When I'm Gone. He's explained this thoroughly in his music a few times. He'll do sporadic show dates but that's probably it. That 8 million earned is off partial sales of Relapse, basically 1.5 or so mill sold and less than a half dozen shows, because he didn't tour at all from the time his album dropped to after christmas, only did a handful of shows. And believe it or not, his motive in life at this point is probably more family based, dude has 3 kids under his roof and a broken marriage. How much money do you need in life, dude has earned enough in the last decade don't you think. He's not Jay Z or Diddy who need to be at the top of these lists for the sake of their ego's. Neither of them have a real family life; Beyonce stays on tour and diddy like Jay keeps busy with business ventures. Keep your eyes and ears open to everything around you, these articles are telling you very basic points and your taking them in ridiculous directions.

    • sever246

      Jay-Z has been on tour for the last year where eminem hates to tour that is where the big difference is wait till em starts touring again and then we will see the numbers closer together...and another thing what benefit would interscope get if it was still buying up albums in its 8th week out

    • heater

      the bulk of jay's income comes from business deals. eminem's got barely anythign going on other than music, whereas jays got the 40 club, rocawear, cologne, just to name a few.

  • Emma

    Ross is Doing suprisingly well!! Clap for Him!! As much as you all hate to admit it, He has defied all odds and quited the so called powers that be (50 cent). 50 would not even have a better outing than Ross if he would drop any album............... and please spare me the Eminem crap!! really who goes from selling 80k copies to 113k copies in this economy???!!! His single with Rihana is hot I know but that is as far as it goes. These numbers are clearly made up. You can only sell hundreds of thousands in your fisrt set of weeks!! Besides the Forbes list just confirmed it!! Eminem despite having two Platinum Albums in 2 years only made 8 million. Who does intersope think they are fooling, Jay Z went Platinum and we have seen him rake in 63 Million.

    • casper21

      @ that nigga scoot Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one, and your entitled to yours just like everyone else is. In this white man's world where Em's album is completely controlled by the powers that be at Interscope, why is that Em released a monster single that gives him round the clock airplay, which he had absolutely none of with Relapse, but he did it with a song about abusing women with a girl whose been beaten up by Chris B. Two people who have experienced opposite sides of a very serious issue. If Interscope wanted him with the most popular, why isn't he on a single with Lady Gaga, I mean why collaborate with any black artist at all when the ones really selling are all white? If your so disatisfied with the direction of a genre of music, find another genre! and stop wasting your breath.

    • that nigga scoot

      i love the answer you gave it that shit was right on the money 4 real.I GET TIRED OF MUTHAFUCKA'S PUTTIN THAT CRACKER AT THE TOP OF THE LIST IN HIP HOP WHEN IT IS CLEAR THAT WHITE PEOPLE JUST BUY HIS SHIT AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN HIS BODY OF WORK IS GOOD BECAUSE THE RELAPSE ALBUM WAS A PIECE OF SHIT AND THE WORSE ALBUM OF EMINEM'S CAREER AND WHEN IN THE HELL IN HIP HOP HAVE WE EVER GAVE A NIGGA PROPS FOR DISRESPECTING HIS MAMA. THIS WHITEBOY IS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO RAP AND I DON'T BLAME HIM BECAUSE HE TRULY LOVES THE RAP GAME BUT IT IS THE POWERS THAT BE THAT GIVES HIM OSCARS AND GRAMMY'S BEFORE ANY REAL HIP HOP PERSON WHO HAS PERFORMED THIS ART FORM WAY BEFORE HIS WHITE AS AND THEN WHEN WE FINALLY GET ONE IT IS THE 3-6 MAFIA AND THEM MUTHAFUCKA'S FELL OFF RIGHT AFTER THAT SHIT WHICH MEANS THAT SHIT WAS A GIFT AND A CURSE BECAUSE THEY WERE 10 TIMES MORE SUCCESSFUL BEFORE THEIR WIN FOR THE OSCAR. FLAT OUT EMINEM IS WACK AND IT IS OBVIOUS YOU CAN'T SELL RECORDS OF THAT CALIBER ANYMORE UNLESS YOU ARE WHITE OR JEWISH(DRAKE). JUST DO YOUR RESEARCH BECAUSE THE NUMBERS COME OUT RIGHT HERE ON HIP HOPDX AND IN MY OPIOIN THE RAP GAME IS THROUGH AND DONE. I WAS SO SURPRISED THAT HIP HOP STILL GROSSED 300 MILLION BUT YOU SEE EVERYBODY TOOK A LOSS THIS YEAR EXCEPT ONE RAPPER AND THAT WAS LIL WAYNE HE MANAGED TO 6 MILLION MORE HE DID LAST IN 2009 HE MADE 14 MILL THIS YEAR HE MADE MORE 20 MILL EVERYONE ELSE TOOK A LOST JAY-Z LOST 17 MILL FROM HIS 80 MILL JUST LAST YEAR DIDDY LOST HALF HE FROM 60 MILL TO 30 MILL THIS YEAR AND KANYE WHO MADE 20 MILL ONLY DID 12 MILL BUT HE DIDN'T DO SHIT THIS YEAR SO THAT WAS ACTUALLY VERY LUCRATIVE 4 HIM, DR. DRE DID 17 MILL AND THIS GUY HASN'T DROP A ALBUM SINCE 1999 DAMN IT MUST BE NICE. THE BIGGEST DROP AND DISAPPOINTMENT AND IT WAS SO OBVIOUS AND THAT WAS 50 CENT WHO MADE A REPORTED 150 MILLION LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR HE ONLY MADE 8 MILL AND THAT WAS OFF A GOLD ALBUM SO HE STILL IS CAKED UP BUT THE INFLUENCE HE AND EMINEM HAD ON THE GAME IS OVER AND THEIR ONCE TRIUMPH ON THE GAME BY DISRESPECTING ALL THE TOP DOGS HAS FAILED AFTER 50 CENT LOST TO KANYE AND RICK ROSS HE WAS DONE FOR SURE BUT IT WAS SUCH A BACKLASH THAT EMINEM WHO CAME WITH THAT SAME WACK ASS FORMULA THAT GOT HIS WHITE AS ALL THE BULLSHIT HYPE BY DISSSING BRITTANY SPEARS AND N'SYNC TYPE NIGGAS HE RETURNED TO THE GAME AFTER 5 YEARS OFF WITH THAT BULLSHIT ROCK STAR AND THAT SHIT WAS GARBAGE I THOUGHT THE WHITE NIGGA HAD A TIME MACHINE AOR SOMETHING BECAUSE THAT SHIT WAS SO OUTDATED IT WAS RIDICULOUS, AND THAT MADE HIM 2ND GUESS COMING OUT DISSING THE CURRENT TOP DOGS WHO ARE LIL WAYNE KANYE AND IF YOU WANT 2 SAY EVEN DRAKE. INTERSCOPE REALIZED THAT THE WHITEBOY FELL OFF SO BAD THAT THEY CONVIENCED HIM THAT IT WASN'T A GOOD IDEA TO DISS THE BEST AFTER 50 FELL OFF , SO INSTEAD THEY PULLED A BITCH MOVE AND HAD THE WHITEBOY COLLABERATE WITH ALL THE CURRENT HOT ONES WITH "FOREVER" WHICH 2 ME WAS A FAKE ASS SWAGGER LIKE US MINUS T.I. AND JAY-Z. THEN HAD THE NERVE TO PUT IT ON HIS ALBUM THE RELAPSE AS A RE-RLEASE TO BOOST HIS WACK ASS SELLS TO DOUBLE PLATINUM WHICH NEVER HAPPENED AND HIS WHITE ASS WAS OUT SOLD BY THE BLACK EYED PEAS. EMINEM IS GARBAGE FUCK HIM AND INTERSCOPE THEY CAN EAT A FUCKING DICK BIIIIIITTTTTTTCCCCHHH!

    • Graeme masson

      What are you talking about? Why cant an artist sell 130,000 by week 7/8? if it says he sold that then he sold that. Eminem does not sell himself in the same way jay-z does so that is why he does not make the same money, although im sure that if shady did he would be up there challenging jigga for that number1 forbes spot. Eminem does not buzz of being number 1 on forbes, he is happy with being number 1 on the charts.

    • wow

      @Emma dude.. jayz toured, eminem didn't case closed. jayz suppose to be number #1 on forbes, his tour outsold every other hiphop tour put together

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