Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/21/2010

Eminem gets his three million sold of "Recovery," Nelly drives his 5.0 to the Top 10, as Twista falls 70+ places on the charts, and Cassidy's "C.A.S.H." gets a dismal debut on the charts.

Susan Boyle held the #1 spot, preventing multi-platinum songstress Rihanna from topping the charts with Loud. The Def Jam Records superstar's fifth album garnered a #3 debut. The work features Eminem and Young Money's Drake and Nicki Minaj, selling over 206,000 first-week units.

St. Louis Rap veteran Nelly grabbed a Top 10 debut with 5.0. The rapper's album, taking its name from the 302 cubic-inch, 5.0 liter Ford Mustang engine of the late '80s and early '90s, is driven by the success of single, "Just A Dream." Nelly's sixth album features T.I., Yo Gotti, Birdman and Plies, among others. The longtime Universal Motown Records star sold over 63,000 first-week units.

Kid Cudi fell 17 spots between his first and second weeks with sophomore album, Man On The Man II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. The Cleveland, Ohio Rap sensation did cross the 200,000 mark. His sophomore album features mentor Kanye West as well as Cee Lo Green and former Eastern Conference Records underground emcee Cage. Earlier this week, Cudi appeared 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.

Eminem's Recovery hit the three-million records sold mark, a feat only accomplished by Lil Wayne and Black Eyed Peas in the last three years. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release did fall out of the Top 20 for the first time.

Norah Jones' Featuring album also scored a #27 debut. The guest-work compilation from the Blue Note Records vocalist features appearances by OutKast, Q-Tip and Talib Kweli.

* 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 Rihanna Loud
207,000 207,000
10 Nelly 5.0 63,000 64,000
20 Kid Cudi Man On The Moon: The Legend of Mr. Rager
36,000 206,000
22 Eminem Recovery 34,000 3,005,000
27 Norah Jones Featuring
31,000 31,000

Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being fell 19 spots to #29. With tracks featuring Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist, the veteran New Orleans emcee could go gold in next week's announcement.

Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer held a Top 40 spot in its second week on the charts. 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. The Goodie Mob emcee-turned-singer has now passed the 65,000 mark with his new venture with the revived Elektra Records imprint.

Chicago, Illinois emcee Twista fell out of the Top 100 with his 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, the work fell 71 units since its Top 40 debut on the charts last week.

Philadelphia veteran emcee Cassidy suffered greatly, after leaving a major label career built at J Records. In addition to going independent at E1 Entertainment, the former battle emcee broke his association with Swizz Beatz' Full Surface imprint, to work with basketball star Carmelo Anthony at Krossover Entertainment. With Boi-1 and Bink! producing this new album, C.A.S.H. (Cass A Straight Hustla), the indie emcee enlisted a profiled appearance from Game, as well as Red Café and singer Mya.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
29 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
28,000 474,000
35 Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
25,000 66,000
110 Twista The Perfect Storm
5,300 19,000
111 Cassidy C.A.S.H.
5,200 5,200
131 Kid Cudi Man On The Moon: The End of Day
4,100 497,000

Will Kanye West score a first-week million sold? Can Nicki Minaj give her friend and collaborator a run for his money? What about Lloyd Banks, will he see a Top 5 comeback? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.


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  • njn

    stil cant believe nelly, only 60k!!!?? this album is an rnb album though nigga needs to go back to tha country grammar shit, tha shit that put him on the map!! BANKs HFM2, deserves 100k+ great album

  • shaz

    if em keeps doin 30-40k a week>> 4 x platinum

  • ts5000

    who would buy nelly's wack ass album 5.0 is garbage the worst album of 2010

  • smokegud

    em sshit sellin 30 to 50 a week that shit unbelievable

  • Anonymous

    i should really ignore this 1% hip hop, pile of mixed up junk

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  • Crazy afriCAN

    Now quote this MCs are just hopeless Thinkin record sales make them the dopest>>KRS ONE....i listen to underground hiphop and all i can say is hiphop aint dead...

  • Bvbvbvbv

    Here we are, Eminem is triple platinum. Fuck those 3,005,000 people who bought this pile of shit, I'd like to punch 'em in the face. Oh, and uh, Rihanna and Nelly make hip hop ? Didn't know.

  • ceeonemusic

    If Lloyd Banks does 60k +, its actually pretty damn good keeping in mind that he's now an indie artist. His link with EMI is not a conventional "record deal" like the other big names dropping this week. Kanye's album had a HUGE budget however so it HAS to do very big numbers, my guess is he'll do 600k and Nicki will probably drop about 200k

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  • Anonymous

    kanye and nicki minaj woll both get gold and maybe even platinum because there ablums were being sold on www.amazon.com and still are bing both for under $10 globally... HFM2 ont he other hand may get 200-300k first week and if not it all has to do with advertising and audio downloads from torrent sites which is not good for any artist...

    • jj

      banks has talent, hfm2 is a raw album

    • phadiga

      If banks sells more than 20,000 first week, i will commit suicide... fowl rapper he is. Groaning like a monkey, wonder hw ya enjoy dat sound of his...


      banks is proected to sell 60k son. LMAO. stop making excuses. Every artist is susceptible to bootlegging, not just banks. Kanye's album was released months before it even came out, so you really can't say nothing.

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  • D!z

    How this a hip hop site and niggas talkin about sales?? Let the record execs and the artists worry about the sales you shmucks!

  • Anonymous

    WTF..I didn't even know Cassidy came out with a new album...wheres all the promo? and shit? I barely heard any songs on this site! wtf.

  • b4real1692

    Damn Joe Buddens mixtape Mood Muzik 4 sold more than Cassidys and album and it was released for free...

  • Malz Mula

    ye ablum of the year in my book cant wait to see what thats looking like next week but i gotta a lil a tip and must i say DAMMMNNN facebook.com/malzmoney twitter.com/malzmoney

  • William Scooter Jones

    That Recovery album was raw shit BUT Yeezy already has album of the year.. Let's be fukkin foreal!!!

  • TheMarcDog

    Who is still buying Recovery?

  • J-hunt da Prodigy

    Recovery ended up selling 150,000 copies more then what Hits Daily Double predicted. Between his macy's parade performance, black friday, and any other promotion he does, I think Ye could do Recovery numbers, possilby even late registration numbers

  • Jersey Finest Kings

    Forget numbers... Make Real music and the people will support.. oh my bad.. i forgot.. when you are signed to a slave master record label numbers are your only concern.. check out my facebook page for some ill hiphop.. i put my heart and soul in to this... always open to criticism..One

  • Joe

    Hitsdailydouble.com saying- Kanye- 525 to 575k Nicki- 375 to 425k Banks- 40 to 50k

    • Irvin Findlay

      so fucking what banks is real hip hop he's underrated nicki minaj is like the only female rapper out with her own style of rap thats y she sold and kanye's kanye they had better production while bankls had young upcoming producers and and his voice changed up which pissed me off but he's real still so fuk up

    • Anonymous

      g unit fans and flimsey and full of shit. What a shocker. calling the album a classic fore it even came out, flooding every page with hfm2 best album ever, next week they'll be sayin its ust aite and that the labels under shipped it,or some other played out excuse.

    • Joe

      exactly, people will moan like bitches but when it comes down to it, which of them actually has bought any music this week???


      wow told yall BBB wasnt nothing but a new york hit but when the numbers come out they gone be like nobody support realhip

  • Anonymous

    Rhianna to Cudi-"I sold what ur whole album sold in my first week" TAKEOVER!Hahaha

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  • DNO

    the way rap sales are nowadays...i highly doubt kanye can sell a million. 400-500k. nicki: 100-130k. lloyd banks: 40-60k. eminem sold 700+ his first week and he had a monster #1 single (not afraid).

    • BWS-Fish

      'nope', i dont even know where to start with all the things that make u a retard. ok, direct quote - 'what i was trying to is nowadays the only people who buy albums r fucking white ass teens.' So you're saying black people either dont listen to music or they steal it. Both of these points are bullshit. 2nd statement that makes you a retard - women dont know how to download music. I think that they can manage to double click a fucking song title on frostwire. (On the other hand, I have serious doubts about ur ability to perform simple tasks like that) next up is your statement that 150 million americans are kanye west fans. Wat the fuck are you talkin about kid? JESUS DOESNT EVEN HAVE 150MILLION FANS! So, I stand by my initial conclusion 'nope' - kill yourself.

    • nope

      idiot. that aint what i said what i was trying to is nowadays the only people who buy albums r fucking white ass teens. the last nigga that got a millie sales in 1week was wayne c3 2 years ago.why? well wayne dropped 2 singles that attracted them bitches. lollipop and then there was mrs.officer . thats what those bitches like to listen to.and since most of them dont know shit about how to download them via internet they go buy the damn album.but for us internet thugs,why bother buying it when u get it for free on the web without even getting our asses up. lets be honest man,who even bothered to buy kanye's lloyds album? there r over 300millions of american and i know very well that over 50% listen to hiphop and r fans of kanye but wont buy the album even if it for 4bucks. i mean wtf? if we r spending 4bucks then why not 12? what r 8$? damn even batteries for my tv remote is for more than that smfh

    • The MG

      LOL @ edon. "He's going to sell over 300-500k". Yeah sure, like G-Unit's still popular today. NOT! And at m, "his buzz this year is crazy". What buzz is that exactly? His one hit that didn't even reach the top 40 and his two other failed singles? Or how about that one person that keeps posting "LLOYD BANKS HMF2 NOV 22! SUPPORT REAL HIP HOP!" on almost every article? You must be from NY which is where about 90% of his buzz can be found and unaware that most of the U.S. doesn't really care for Banks anymore.

    • franco

      lol @ ed0n, 60k is the projected sale. Dude went off on dude for stating an opinion which turns out to be true. Wat a bitch. gunit fans are so damn full shit.

    • Edon's mom

      Edon you're about to look like such a bitch.

    • Anonymous

      Id be very surprised if Banks can sell that as much as some of these peeps are saying. Nelly is mainstream and has a hit record, with just a dream ... and he scans 63K first week. Kanye however, can go 500+ easily in my books, first week.

    • BWS-Fish

      Banks to sell 25k tops, no doubt about. No one outside New York cares about this fag (and most of new york doesnt give a fuck either. In other news, 'nope', ur a retard. I think ul find that it isnt just black people who have heard of kanye west u cock rider. Ur also saying that its only white people who buy music so u r indirectly saying black people just steal music so ur basically saying all black people are criminals. To sum up 'nope', kill yourself.

    • nope

      i have to agree with the banks selling 60k,thats obvious but about kanye getting a millie first week is kinda impossible.because even for POP its hard to do that,it took a young beautiful white girl that had alot of hits on billboard. as for kanye,he is a black american rapper that probably no white kids know,so what will he sell? the only thing that would help him is that his true fans buy 3 or 4 of his cheap album on amazon. excuse my grammar mistakes as im high as fuck

    • m

      ye rap sales are shit, but im sure banks wil sell more than 60k, his buzz this year is crazy, deserves to be no.1 HFM2!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ed0n

      Lloyd Banks 40-60k? LOL YOU FUCKIN IDIOT ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FUCKIN MIND OR WHAT? I'M PISSED OFF AT PEOPLE LIKE YOU SAYIN THAT BANKS IS GOIN TO SELL ONLY 40-60K LOL look dumbshit, he's goin to sell over 300-500k YOU DUMBFUCK YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF HIPHOP? I SMELL A FUCKIN BOOTLEGGER HEAR, GET THE FUCK OUT IDIOT im not a stan of Banks, im just fuckin pissed off at people who are just like this motherfucker

  • Anonymous

    rememeber the days when cassidy used to go platinum....

    • da1

      Just because wikipedia said it went platinum doesn't mean so. Sometimes there wrong with there data(not always). The song I'ma hustla went platinum, I believe but not the album. It was his best album but not his best selling.

    • da1

      Noo his second album I'ma hustler didn't recieve any paque look it up playboi. I know what I'm talking about. I know soundscan history like a motha. His best selling album was Split personality and that only went gold. smh indeed.

    • SMH

      Ya dumb Cassidy's second cd went platinum u dumb asses ya dont know music at all

    • Anonymous

      @da1 haha lmfao!

    • da1

      No I don't remember those days because cassidy never went platinum. His highest selling cd went gold and that was because of kells. Ever since then it's been downhill(record sales wise).

  • Joe

    CUDI SELLING MORE THAN WAYNE! Holy shit never thought I'd see the day.. KEEP IT FUNKY MUTHAFUCKA!

  • curveblackberr33

    Pretty good for Nelly. Dam kid cudi looks like erbody getting tired of the druggy style. That belongs to lil wayne anyway. I always looked at him as the rejected black guy turned white dope head appealing type of guy cuz I don't know anyone black that listens to him. The boi looks a bit strange to me if ya know what I mean. I guess that's his "appealing to the fruitcakes" look cuz you know these rappers have to have a gay friendly style like Nicki/Wayne/Drake and the recent eminem("I'm not afraid" a fruity track)

  • m

    hard to believe nelly once had and album tha sold over 10,000,000 in the us. HFM2 NEXT WEEK

    • Anonymous

      Everyone had their time. Only legends stay Relevant, Nelly has built a household name for himself, and he did have a decent single..I personally thought with that single alone, he can scan over 100 K first week, but I guess I was wrong.

    • Anonymous

      as much as i am not a fan of nelly truth is nelly fell of(no duh i'm speaking the obvious right) but if nelly went back to that pretend thug, st.louis ja rule, ghetto/pop love sone bullshit i think he'd be pretty succesful. the reason i said that( and the execs are gonna love me after i type this), I THINK he's too far removed. what made nelly succesful was that he was an up-and-comer with "good" music. now he's blinged out mega superstar nelly that girls in the hood cant relate too (his true supporting audience, cuz no self respectin nigga was bumpin a nelly cd) LET THAT MARINATE

    • m

      fine 8 million , either way still hard to believe

    • da1

      Nelly's best selling album(country Grammar) sold 8 million copies in the US. He had albums that sold over that amount world wide but neer went diamond in the US. I swear you guys need to know your facts.

  • real

    kid cudi doin iight..chek out dis new artiste..he bout to take over the game! http://www.myspace.com/cflotentative

  • lyrykal

    lmao at cassidy and seriously Nelly coulda sold more units, atleast Loud sold more than rated r in its first week. like pple better b prepared 4 some shocking #s nxt week, i say lloyd banks will do from like 20k-30k seeing how even Nelly pulled 63k. kanye will do atleast 400k-500k and nicki hmmmn we just gotta wait 4 dem #s

  • Grizzle

    "Only dudes moving units, 'em, Pimp Juice and us" - Jay-Z Looks like Hov needs to update that line now.

    • Grizzle

      Naw, I was speaking on the fact that Nelly didn't even break 100k in his first week on the carts.

    • pimpinpowder

      I would agree with you, if Rihanna hadn't millions unit sold with her singles, number one spots and only debuting at number 3. 200k units are rather less for her calibre.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Em LOL@ Nelly tho, figured he woulda sold more then that

  • c red

    im going to go pick up that yelawolf that album is fire!!!!!!!!!!

  • Riicx

    Daamn Next Week !!! I'm So excited ! I want Yeezy & Banks To Top The Billboard Chart ! But Banks will lose to Ye & nicki !

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