Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/7/2010

N*E*R*D and Pitbull crack the charts, while Ice Cube gained nearly 20 spots on the chart. Devin The Dude is unable to crack the Top 200, but Pimp C hangs on.

It was more of the same on the charts this week. Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being fell back to the #5 spot it claimed two weeks ago. The same week he released from prison, Wayne crossed the 400,000 mark with tracks featuring Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist. The rapper said in a letter to Billboard.com this week that he intends on promoting the album when he's released from prison later this month.

Eminem's Recovery jumped two spots down to #7. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release has the possibility of reaching the three million mark by year's end.

Trey Songz slid one spot to #16 with his Passion, Pain & Pleasure. With potential to reach gold next week, Trey may now be Atlantic Records' biggest star in the wake of T.I.'s legal woes. The Petersburg, Virginia native's fourth album features Drake and Nicki Minaj.

N*E*R*D's Nothing received a Top 20 debut. The group's fourth album, released through Star Trak/Interscope Records, features T.I., as well as Daft Punk.

Bruno Mars skidded three spots to #32 with his debut Doo Wops & Hooligans. After scoring exposure via his "Nothin' On You" feature alongside B.o.B. earlier this year, Doo Wops & Hooligans features Damian Marley. Mars produced extensively on Cee-Lo's The Lady Killer album, which released yesterday.

* 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 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
45,000 411,000
7 Eminem Recovery 38,000 2,936,000
16 Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure
21,000 472,000
20 N*E*R*D Nothing 20,000 20,000
32 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans
15,000 129,000

Rick Ross fell 11 spots (after gaining 10 last week) with his Teflon Don this week. The Def Jam album, featuring contributions from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu and Cee-Lo could meet its plaque by the holiday season.

Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame fell 16 spots, but still managed to remain in the Top 50. The Atlanta sensation's debut, Flockaveli features Pastor Troy, Wale and Uncle Murda.

Pitbull's Armando received a #61 debut, selling over 7,000 units. Pit's fifth album is a Spanish record, with involvement from Clinton Sparks and DJ Class. The release came through the Miami, Florida rapper's own Mr. 305 Records, distributed by J Records.

Ice Cube's I Am The West gained 16 spots after last week's 40+ place fall. Released through Cube's own Lench Mob Records, the aggressive collection of songs featured fellow west coast pioneer WC, as well as veteran Jayo Felony and Cube's son, OMG. I Am The West featured a reunion with 24-year production partner Sir Jinx, as well as iTunes bonus tracks produced by E-A-Ski and DJ Quik.

UGK co-founder Pimp C's final posthumous album, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones hung on the charts at #194. With production by Cory Mo and Steve Below, the Rap-A-Lot Records project features the likes of Drake, Young Jeezy, David Banner and Too Short.


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
46 Rick Ross Teflon Don
10,000 463,000
50 Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli
9,100 86,000
61 Pitbull Armando
7,200 7,200
158 Ice Cube I Am The West 2,600 44,000
194 Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones 2,000 33,000

Will Kid Cudi or Cee Lo be able to snag a #1? Can Twista pull a Top 20 debut? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.


  • Mrnoluv

    Wow, Rick Cock can't even go gold??? Em about to go 3 mil in a recession? Em is the sickest ever, that fool is recession proof.

  • 1cflo


  • thewhat

    N.E.R.D aint doin too good. They aint released any big tracks as singles and thers been no hype at all they just sprung the album up on people.

  • OX

    Finally people stopped buying bullshit. In the 90's and the early 2000's nobody would have bought Wacka or Gucci shit. Nowadays nobody putting any heart in their music it's all format. Maybe now rappers will start talking about real topics again. All this Glam rap getting old now. Almost none of the shit these rappers (NOT MC's)are talking about we relate too. The people buying the albums don't drive Maybach's Aston Martin's or can go out to the club and blow all they money just because.

  • H-TOWN


  • what

    So you must be talking about Weezy and Baby I dont get it either. I dont support homos


    It's amazing to me this day and age. If a rapper had been kissing another man back in the early 90's or 80's they would have NEVER gone on to be successful.. You dudes now a day accept a lot of faggotry

  • ChrixXx

    DON'T U PEOPLE SEE?!!??! People don't buy music anymore they get everything for free now. sad:( that's the reason. This year i've bought "Rebirth", "Recovery", "Sir Lucius Left Foot", "Teflon Don", "Not a Human Being" and "Contraband" by Madcon:)

  • freshyboi

    wasnt ricky rozay braggin on his twitter last week about going gold??? he gonna have to buy a lot of copies of his album if he gonna go gold by christmas

  • frank

    drake also sold 10,000 copies n check out j. cole mixtape premiers nov. 12 online download it support real hiphop!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • da`

    It's funny N.E.RD sold exactly what there album is titled. LOL Eminem Triple plat by december. Wayne gold by december. Rick ross gold by december. Waka flocka flame turd by december end lol.

  • Nico 3

    Pitbull only 7,000? That's pathetic.


    ross needs another single or wayne gone pass him

  • Marvelous Marc

    Its all about being indie. S/O to Flocka,Cube,and Pitbull. Get that money baby!

  • why?

    who the f@ck buyz rick ross albums? i dont get it? he'z almost gold. waka flocka saleing more than ice cube? damn the game haz changed... sad day in hip hop class of 2010.

    • OX

      Everybody knows that he lied that's why he gets no love or sells!

    • calvin

      Cause they buy up their own inventory to boost the numbers! That's the way it's done nowadays, everybody does it like that, otherwise there wouldn't be any "record" sales!

    • the-xfacta

      I understand all the discontent with Rick Ross but to be real (and I'm from the Bronx and not big on down south rappers) Teflon Don wasn't a bad album at all. Yes he had a million features on it and yes he should have probably gone Platinum with all the big names on it, but why are people hating cause he was a C.O. Didnt' he have to do what he had to do to feed himself and his family? As long as he's not a cop now I could care less...

  • your name

    that's a severe underestimation, eminem will be triple by next week

  • white milk

    IF waka flocka is still independent he pullin in some serious dough. 91k independent aint bad. yes he is trash im just sayin...



  • Bvbvbvbv

    Fuck that shit. Pimp C sells 2000 copies a week while Eminem is going to get triple platinum after 5 months and Lil wayne is going to get gold after a month ? It's sad to see that people buy crap instead of the good stuff that come out. There is a lot more of quality shit than people think, but good shit just gets overshadowed by crap.


      Please tell me that you did not just compare Eminem to Pimp C? I am not even an Em fan and think that you're crazy for this dumb statment.. Pimp C wasnt a good rapper ever.. Not even when he was alive... The most commercial song he was on was Big Pimpin and he had the worse verse on that song by far..

  • wow

    Wow did NERD Fall. THere album really got no hype or anything. Cant believe Ice Cube's album did nothing either.

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