Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/14/2010

Kid Cudi sells close to 170,000 first-week units, but #1? Cee Lo Green gets Top 10, Twista sneaks into the Top 40, and Joe Budden's "Mood Muzik 4" brings 'em out.

Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift prevented Kid Cudi from a #1 with his sophomore album, Man On The Man II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. Despite not appearing at the top of the charts, the Cleveland, Ohio Rap sensation scanned an impressive 170,000 first-week units. His sophomore album features mentor Kanye West as well as Cee Lo Green and former Eastern Conference Records underground emcee Cage. Later this month, Cudi will appear on Kanye West's highly-anticipated My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Further down the charts, last year's Kid Cudi debut, Man On The Moon: The End of Day is on the cusp of garnering a gold plaque for the popular new rapper.

Speaking of Cee Lo Green, the Goodie Mob/Gnarls Barkley alum released his third solo album, The Lady Killer last week. With the highly-popular "F*ck You" taking on the Internet, radio and Glee (courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow), the Atlanta, Georgia emcee/singer is reaching even more audiences. Selling just over 40,000 albums in the first week, Lady Killer features a cover from Band of Horses ("No One's Gonna Love You") and production from Bruno Mars.

Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being maintained a Top 10 spot, despite falling five units. With tracks featuring Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist, the now liberated emcee may be able to receive a gold plaque before Thanksgiving.

Eminem's Recovery fell four spots to #11. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release has the possibility of reaching the three million mark by next week.

Trey Songz fell 16 spots to #32 with his Passion, Pain & Pleasure. With potential to reach gold next week (as projected last 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.

* 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
3 Kid Cudi Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
169,000 170,000
9 Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer 41,000 42,000
10 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
35,000 446,000
11 Eminem Recovery 34,000 2,971,000
32 Trey Songz Passion Pain & Pleasure
18,000 490,000

Chicago, Illinois emcee pioneer Twista released his third solo album in as many years in The Perfect Storm. With appearances from Chris Brown and Waka Flocka Flame, the EMI-distributed work called back to several of the higher profile Twista releases from years past. However, after critics did not meet the work warmly, it snuck into the Top 40, scanning 14,000 units.

With Lil Boosie presently awaiting a murder trial, his Trill Fam released the second Boosie-related project in six months. The group consisting of Webbie, Foxx, Boosie, Lil Phat, Mouse and others debuted at #45 on the charts, despite limited promotion. The project was distributed through Warner Brothers/Asylum, home to Trill Entertainment.

Rick Ross slipped out of the Top 50 with 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.

Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden released his latest mixtape, Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst through E1 Entertainment. The deluxe edition of the album features the highest profile guests on a Mood Muzik to date, including Fabolous, Lloyd Banks and his bandmates. Later this month, Joell Ortiz will release Free Agent on the same label.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
39 Twista The Perfect Storm
14,000 14,000
45 Trill Fam All Or Nothing
13,000 13,000
53 Rick Ross Teflon Don
9,600 472,000
82 Joe Budden Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst
6,100 6,200
85 Kid Cudi Man On The Moon: The End of Day
5,800 493,000

Will Nelly get a #1, or Rihanna? Can Cassidy get a Top 25? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.


  • angelnine

    Folks on this site that want to know what happened to HipHop, here's your answer. You! That's right YOU happened to hiphop and has caused it's demise. I can almost bet that while YOU were asking this question that YOU were simultaneoulsy ILLEGALLY downloading an album...sorry give me everything for free YOU!

  • gsa

    comibined sales of all these artist(other than em) just crossed platinum mark :P

  • Mrnoluv

    Ok this is getting ridiculous, Em has sold more than all the other hip hop artists combined? I can't believe that! How weak are these artists that they can't even go gold? Anyone that like Joe Budden or Rick Ross are probably in a cult or something...I mean if you went on the street and asked people who they were the average person would be like who? Remember when hip hop had well known names? Now it's Em, Wayne then a bunch of cult rappers. Man what happened to hip hop, this has to be the low point in hip hop's 30 plus year history.

  • achpe2

    Kid Cudi 170K the first week. WOW!!! What is Hip Hop coming to?

  • erik jacobs

    this one is the best no doubt, just look at all the comments. life aint bad smoking kush on a new apple laptop i just won online. unbelievable. i put my e-mail into http://bit.ly/applesgoing to get free shit and that they were joking at first.

  • Anthony

    MM4 is a mixtape...lol why is it even on this list for one...for two more than majority of the people who have it didnt go out and buy it...lol I know I didnt..fuc outta here I'm not buying a mixtape, but I do own it. Numbers are way off!

  • Slimturk

    Eminem will go 3x Platinum for sure before the year ends....Lil' Wayne, Trey Songz, Kid Cudi and Rick Ross will also get there Gold by year end...

  • 1234aba

    its all about young money

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  • Ryan Sub-Zero Whiteboyswag

    People are calling Mood Muzik 4 to be a flop in terms of sales, but y'all are forgetting he's the most underground rapper mentioned. Plus, the only way to buy Mood Muzik 4 is through his website. So, I don't see how it's a flop. Now that he's on E1, expect The Great Escape to be marketed WAY MORE than his previous work with Amalgam Digital, so it'll sell much more than Padded Room, which in itself sold 10k in its first week.

    • billy

      also forgot that it was a free download for a while when it first came out, so many fans got they fix off that, including me

    • AlShan Barnett

      I copped mine out the store fam, they had it for $9.99. That mixtape is fire, I'ma huge Joey fan, from Jers as well, it's not the same as the mixtape, missing a lot of tracks, I copped to show support yamean, but all the people talk'n bout the flop, they wyl'n, they gotta remember this is a mixtape, and unless you a real hip hop head that be on Slaughterhouse, Skyzoo, Freeway, Dj Premier Year Round Records, then how will you know bout Joey. I mean the Mood Muzik series is ridiculous, and most people be like, "He ain't done noth'n since Pump It Up" SMH I'm happy for Joey, Men lie Women lie, and Numbers do more than anything, you mean to tell me Em is do'n 20k+ every week? If people believe that, then they believe Pebbles the model's butt is all natural. I'm just say'n

  • c.webb

    banks will go platinum,watch.people are anxious about his album bbb alone sold over 600k.he's going platinum if we refer to the buzz he's been having the whole year.

  • Joshua Bechard

    kid cudi is too corny and mainstream for me to enjoy.

  • Nico 3

    Any artist that would release his album or mixtape for free deserves then to push a pathetic 6,000 copies. Use your brain Budden. If you break your back to make an album, you've earned the right to reap as many benefits as possible.

  • Garvin Inoa

    Another Joe Budden flop? LOL. Ahhh man

  • Nas Esco

    hmmm well let's see here...lil wayne sucks and is far from the best more like the worst..Rick ross is a undercover cop someone get his fat ass some donuts with coffee and cream..Kid Cudi is a Pot Head..me no like stoners..they stupid!..Joe budden? who? i only heard one song from him which is the party anthem pump it up..everybody knows that from you got sereved..oh and Twista..never took the time to listen to him like budden..damn Feminem is still selling? who's buying that pop album recovery? Eminem has been trash for the past 3 albums.can't even play his country trailer park music in the car

    • Anonymous

      damn.... you must be the biggest fuckin hater in the entire fuckin world. go suck a dick you ignorant, dumb bitch. you dnt kno anything about hip hop so shut your damn mouth you fuckin poser. get a fuckin life chicken fucker.

  • truth

    You loyed banks stans are paranoid lol .. if i was a fan of banks i would be spamming worried about his alum sales too .. everybody kno he goin double WOOD

  • Christopher English

    Buddens has the same problem Nas has. They both can rap like motherfuckers.. but their beat selection is horrible. Nas is a little better than Buddens.. but damn! Joe goes in on Mood Muzik 4.. but honestly... most of the tracks suck.. and I'm a fan!

  • mr718

    Im gonna go get that Banks HFM2 album im feeling every track on the album so yall niggas need to stop hating support real hip hop G-UNIT came hard this year thanks to FIF AND BANKS... and Joe buddens doing his thing hommie way underated that remember the titans track is one of the best collabos of the year.... it would be funny if Banks outsells officer ricky underachieving ass lmfao...

  • Anonymous

    remember when ross was bragging about going gold like 2 or 3 weeks ago? thats jokes!!!!!! its gonna be another months at least unless he starts buyin twice as many copies of his own album

  • Anonymous

    Em goin triple, congrats And dont hate too much on Buddens numbers, it is a mixtape after all..... Quite honestly untl I read this I didnt even know it was available for purchase, might go cop it if its not to pricey because thats a great album

  • Anonymous

    lloyd banks H.F.M.2 DON"T BUY IT!!! Just crap rap

  • jay

    lloyd banks H.F.M.2 Go get itt Nov 22

    • Jeff S H Lee

      @Christopher "But this is the dick-riding generation so I should expect that." YOU ALREADY KNOW!

    • Anonymous

      banks is gawbage.. go take tht shit back 2 thisis50.com dat shit aint sellin... dat nicca swagger jacked the cookie monster anyway

    • Christopher English

      But this is the dick-riding generation so I should expect that.

    • Christopher English

      @1234aba: Your comment shows exactly what's wrong with hip hop right now. Good music should be good music. Too many niggas chasing fads. "So 2005"??? What the fuck does that even mean?

    • 1234aba

      banks can rap but his album wont sell g-unit is so 2005

    • slapyobitchass

      You're the biggest fucking Lloyd Banks cocksucker on this site. Every posting you have is talkin bout gettin his album. he's good but stop sucking his dick and shut the fuck up!

  • cmb

    no bad weezy 2 gold albums in 1 year.. if he would have put them togeter as 1 release it would have been a classic album.

  • Rick Ross the Bawse

    What the fuck ya'all niggas listening too? Cudi's album was cool as was Joe's but nigga can't sell. Niggas on here bitching bout their favorite artists can sell shit but when they favorite artist release hot shit like Joey budden, niggas don't buy it. And you wonder why the game ain't fucked up. And Teflon Don ain't gold yet, shit was the hottest album this year and that pop shit Recovery is almost at 3x platinum. the game is truly fucked up when niggas would rather buy a pop album like recovery than a good album like Budden's or Teflon Don. Niggas need to start buyin and supporting they favorite artists. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • James

      Dude shutup stop crying.

    • Anonymous

      well..hiphopdx represents maybe about 100 cd purchasers haha..seriously, we barely effect shit. How many people on hiphopdx do u see giving props to Kidcudi anywhere? Yet he sells 170K first week!!!!!!! Basically what im trying to say is, I don't know where the fuck the real fans that buy albums are, cause they sure hell aint in here!!

    • Keith Bussey

      the game would be fucked up if C.O. RICKY ROSS goes gold! ross is the fakest wanna be every drug cartel bullshit rapper!

  • pigface

    joey album the shii..most fans pre ordered that shiit..lot of assholes downloaded it since it was up on dat piff 2 weeks ago..

  • hype

    good for kid cudi..one of the best artistes out right now..chek out another real good artiste comin up..i heard he bout to b signed to Aftermath http://www.myspace.com/cflotentative


    WOW nice numbers for KID CUDI weezy doin him next buy will be the trill fam album

  • Anonymous

    Getting the Cee-lo album..What?? Joey only sold 6100 albums...smh..i swear by reading the hip-hop sites on how his fans praise him he would do at least a million..but i guess lip service is all he deserve huh? lol

    • Anonymous

      "...If 500,000 people can download it for free then 500,000 people should've gotten their lazy fuckin' asses up off of their downloading laptops and took their asses to the store and bought this man's album to help him out like they were suppose to..." Yeah not to many people are going to buy songs they're already listening to for free

    • EddieMurrrphy

      fuck your frostwire you cunt. the only artist that deserves downloading is WHO mike jones

    • Who

      Buy his album? Fuck that, frostwire all day.

    • Got'em!

      Joe Budden only did 6,000+ is becuz the mixtape already got an estimated 500,000 free downloads so everyone has it already ^^^^^^^^^^ RFLMAOOOO!!! That's the funniest shit ever written and the funniest most hilarious excuse a fan has made for an artist ever...That's still no excuse...If 500,000 people can download it for free then 500,000 people should've gotten their lazy fuckin' asses up off of their downloading laptops and took their asses to the store and bought this man's album to help him out like they were suppose to...None of Joe Budden's music should ever be for free...You are suppose to support this man rather than hurt him by getting something for free...You are hurting Joe Budden by getting it for free like that...This man put in hard quality time and blood,sweat,and tears in the studio and you just simply download his shit for free because you think his hard work amounts to freedom with his music...Smh...The only reason Joey wanted you to download it for free was to see how many fake suckers that he has as fans and if 500,000 people downloaded that shit for free then that means Joey has 500,000 fake ass suckers as fans who will never buy his music...Sad that people fell for Joey's setup to say the least...Now Joe knows who his real true fans are and that's the 6,200 people who bought Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst with their hard earned money...

    • meeda

      the reason Joe Budden only did 6,000+ is becuz the mixtape already got an estimated 500,000 free downloads so everyone has it already, they aint gonna buy it. they should of just released it for sale 1st instead of a free mixtape

    • Alex

      Mood Muzik 4 has been out for free since 10/026/10 as free download everywhere. This is a deluxe edition that was released for hardcore fans. Not counting direct orders from his site and thousands of free downloads..6k is pretty damn good.

  • themighty

    Wow... that Cee-Lo is getting criminally slept on... it sickens me.

  • Young Lou

    I'm loving that new TWISTA & I picked up that TRILL FAM. Too bad critics hating on the Legendary Traxters production.

  • TdotFrog

    WOW!!! Trill Fam sold more than Joe Budden! Where the fuck are all the internet fans who just LOVE Joey at? I thought they said, they would support real hiphop? Let me guess you couldn't find it anywhere? My ass, you think Trill Fam is in every record store? Hahahaha. You hypocrites, I was right when I said, all you ppl complaining about Wayne, and Gucci, are hypocrites. The truth is that backbacker fans, are just as much the scumbag's that Young Money fans are, they just at different spectrums.

    • N/A

      Actually...You can get the Trill Fam at Target or Best Buy easily. Most independent record stores are out of business now. I had to reserve a copy of "Mood Muzik" at FYE because they only had a TWO COPIES. Of course Joe isn't going to sell any units because stores don't carry underground shit anymore, and it was a free download for almost a month now, smart ass.

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