Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/6/2011

Nicki Minaj finally gets the #1 spot she's waited three months for, Kanye West sits at 999,000, Talib Kweli's indie shakedown continues, and Soulja Boy bounces back on the charts.

Nicki Minaj got her #1 spot with Pink Friday, three months belated. A week after her highly-watched SNL appearance, the Young Money heiress claimed the top of the charts, the same week her released crossed the million mark domestically.

Atlantic’s Bruno Mars climbed another spot to #4 with his Doo Wops & Hooligans. Additionally, Mars stepped away from possible jail-time after a cocaine possession arrest last year. Crossing the 600,000 mark, DW&H prompted two number one singles—“Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are.”

Speaking of Mars, he, along with B.o.B., Eminem and Cee Lo Green are included in this year's Grammy Nominees release. The Recording Academy's annual preview to the awards show fell 11 spots to #15.

Up eight spots from last week, Rihanna's Loud album continues to climb towards platinum, with features from Eminem, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Eminem's Recovery climbed six spots to #10. As one of the year's best-selling albums, the Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records release reaches for 3.6 overall domestic units sold. The work features production from Alex da Kid, DJ Khalil, Just Blaze and Mobb Deep's Havoc. On Sunday, Eminem appeared in his first two commercials, for Lipton and Chrysler respectively.

* 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 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 45,000 1,035,000
4 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans 32,000 627,000
5 Rihanna Loud 29,000 895,000
10 Eminem Recovery 25,000 3,535,000
15 Various Artists 2011 Grammy Nominees 22,000 60,000

Down two spots was Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The platinum album remains a constant Top 10 and Top 20 performer week-to-week. The album sits just over 1,000 units away from a cool million sold domestically.

Lil Wayne's digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being climbed eight spots to #25.

T.I.'s No Mercy regained its five spots to the same #28 it had two weeks ago. The emcee and label owner's latest album was released while he was incarcerated for probation violations earlier this year, involving drugs. The latest album from Tip features Kid Cudi, Scarface and Rocko, with production by DJ Toomp, Kanye West and Jake One.

Talib Kweli's second completely self-released album, Gutter Rainbows, fell 73 spots in its second week. With CD and vinyl pressing coming in the next month, the Javotti Media digital release sold nearly 20,000 units in two weeks. Kweli's first solo album in three-plus years, after last year's Reflection Eternal reunion, features production from Ski Beatz, 88-Keys and Blaqtoven, with vocal contributions from Sean Price and Jean Grae.

Soulja Boy popped back on the charts after severala weeks away with his The DeAndre Way. The Interscope class of 2007 sensation's third album features 50 Cent, Lil B and Trey Songz.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
22 Kanye West My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy
18,000 999,000
25 Lil Wayne
I Am Not A Human Being
15,000 733,000
28 T.I. No Mercy
15,000 410,000
102 Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows 5,000 19,000
188 Soulja Boy The DeAndre Way


Will Slaughterhouse take a Top 20 spot with their veteran-friendly EP? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.


  • idontknowigh

    i dont know but for sum strange reason their really tryna make kanye look like the devil cmon son 999, sales rght b4 u go plat cmon they cudof brought the extra 1000 copies... why 999,000 666 upside down whyyyy? neva seen nothin likedis my whole life some one please give me an amswer why??

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    nicki is the best rapper alive!!!!!!! and yes im a black male thats not gay!!!!!!!! LMAO


    Kanye's album is sick its because its all pop listener's who buy most albums he's album is the best this year it's because most ppl are brainwashed and listen to garbage and have no taste in true good music and honestly Eminems's album is overarted its hip hop emo pure wining it gets annoying

  • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

    If Eminem is "THE MAN" in this Hip Hop culture... What are all the other MC's "The Boys"?

  • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

    I am again amazed when Eminem's out of this atmophere success is overlooked or written off as just him being this super talent... As though there is nothing else in play where he is concerned.

  • John-Boy

    Not hating but who on Gods green Earth is still buying NIckis album? I live in Chicago and I do not hear ANYONE bumping that shit. I take that back, a 12 year old in Walmart was listening to a song but other than that no one.

  • Dallas Champ

    I support Female Rappers. Don't to many Females have any success in the game. Nicki Minaj is showing that it is still possible for a female to win in hip hop. Stop Hating and Salute that!!!

  • YoungBuck23

    my girl nicki platnium hahahahahaha. i didnt even get her shit why cause her rappin voice sounds stupin ass fuck she the hottest girl in the rap game right now tho shes hot. i think internet is hurtin record sales i get my shits on itunes. i got that kanye,ti,talib,soulja, u know my closes record store is like 80 miles away its big town where i live but no record stores here. i go to walmart n get a itunes card im good. spend 40$ on gas i get a 100$ itunes card stend

  • JoeDawg

    Nicki is not even Hip-Hop or Rap... -_- Kanye is Kanye... Pure shit except for his producing. T.I. is ok, but overrated as hell. Talib is amazing, best by a long fucking shot. Soulja boy? You're a fucking retard if you like Soulja Boy sorry to say.

    • Mrnoluv

      But this is why us old cats say Hip Hop is dead, dude's like this. They say Hip Hop is all about image and nothing else. If you don't fit the mold of a hardcore. tatted up thug with a jail record, you can't be a good rapper, lol! Nicki sucks in my opinion, but back in the day when MC Lyte first came out we flipped. We didn't say hey a chick can't be hard, Cram To Understand you blew us a fucking way! 10% Dis was incredible, we couldn't believe a chick made that shit. But these cats today, they think image in Hip Hop. EM sucks the only reason he sells is he's white, Jay Z went pop because he sells records...These kids come up with some stupid rules. Em is selling records because MOST people like him and think he is worth buying! Jay doesn't make the same type of records he did 15 years ago because HE'S OLDER AND NOT A STREET CAT ANYMORE! Come on fools, artists grow, people get older. Hip isn't about image, it's about skills. If Jay, Em, Kanye, Lil Wayne can sell records, guess what PEOPLE BELIEVE THEY HAVE SKILLS. Maybe your favorite rapper just doesn't have the skills they do and that's why they don't sell. Don't blame it on image.

    • Dallas Champ

      Nicki Is Hip Hop. She may not be talking about sucking dick and selling drugs on Pink Friday. Hip Hop need to be about more than negative bullshit. Hip Hop need to disown rappers glorifying violence. That need to stop. Nicki Minaj is a Female Rapper if you agree with her songs or not. Niggas like yourself have so much to say about Nicki. Which Female Rappers CDs are you BUYING not downloading off the net for free? Niggas hate on Nicki yet you do not support Female Rap.

  • Anonymous

    how is nicki in front of kanye

  • Bryant Carter

    The charts amaze me and some of these albums been out for sooo long and still killin' on the charts..much respect! on another note.. a friend who was hit by a drunk driver and is now in a coma. Before I say anything else I do ask that you pray for her recovery. I was recently interviewed by a west coast magazine, and just had the interview published to the mag site. If I get enough FB likes my interview will go into the actual magazine. The link is http://wwsmag.com/updates/bryant-c-caught-up-20-10/ I just ask that you take a look, and press like for me. I made it an honest interview so I'm sure that you will like it. http://wwsmag.com/updates/bryant-c-caught-up-20-10/ Also feel free to view my youtube link @ http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bryantc1000&aq=f

  • Anonymous

    weezy doing a plat in a week again

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  • Anonymous

    You could be the King but watch the Queen conquer--Nicki Minaj

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  • MarcDog

    Good to see Soulja back on the charts


    Ye needs to drop some singles. I haven't heard any of his stuff on the radio like I did for Graduation & his other shit.

  • Anonymous

    The music industry is dying a very slow, painful death with numbers like this, SMH

  • c



    I wonder when Jay-Z sells a million if white people that like Hip Hop say, "That's only cause those Niggas bought that album"

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      But it is the truth... Eminem fan base is dominated by Caucasians that want to see him on top... at all cost. But it is not JUST his fan base... Corporate America supports Eminem reign as King of this Hip Hop culture. He WILL be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame... Eminem has an Oscar, A Biopic... Multiple Grammy's and now 10 new nominations, TWO Superbowl commercials.. and he WILL go down in History as the Ultimate and most successful MC... Rakim will be the Satcle Paige of Hip Hop after Eminem the Babe Ruth of Hip Hop.

    • Anonymous

      you really cant say that cuz jay has a substantial white fan base.

  • s

    recovery headin towards 4 mil

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      Yes, Eminem is "THE MAN"... and his career is built on the ways of "THE MAN"... his success is a direct result of "THE MAN"... "THE MAN" Be running this rap shit... Eminem is "THE MAN" the king of the Hip Hop hill.

    • mic10

      hell yeh best album of 2010 most replay value and it will get 4 million when spacebound gets a offical single shortly


      Oh don't that man, then we will see that 1,000,000 comments of "Only White People Buy His Album", which is ridiculous and even if that was the case that doesn't change the fact that he's killing it right now and I don't even like Eminem and have never in my life listened to any of his albums.. The truth is the truth, he's the man right now! More then Weezy or any other male kissing MC you can name


    I could give a damn about album sales, I only come here to see the ridiculous comments from the most misinformed people of all time! I'd say 75% of you all don't know a damn thing about hip hop and just follow popular sentiment, 20% know somethings but are too caught up in their own "Favorite Rapper Forest" to see any of the trees.... Who gives a shit if Nicci is selling records.. Bottom line is as a hip hop album is sucks... period! I don't give a shit if she sold 10m records it's still a butt "RAP" album.. You dudes need to stop focusing on dumb shit like record sales and focus more on actually talent and skills. For those that cry about MC's with talent and skill not selling then go out and buy their fucking album because I guarantee most of you dudes commenting have not bought a Got Damn Thing! On another note I don't support MC's that do shit that I consider suspect. Such as Lil Wayne kissing a nigga he call Daddy that aint his daddy. I mean it just fucks me up when I see all you little dudes acting like this guys is God when he's just an undercover homo.. I mean he wears skinny pants and Vans, he kisses men.. I mean seriously this is the guy you choose to support? Also I'm tired of rappers getting tattoo tears but they got ZERO bodies on their gun.. GTFOH with that shit!! Fucking Clowns!

    • SMH to poster

      Hey stop your bitching man. You cry about some rapper you don't even like if they hurt you or something. I bet you believe the best rappers are some unknown underground rappers with NO APPEAL. I don't even care for Lil Wayne or rap for that matter, I just like music. I only go on these pages to give proof why I don't listen to rap. Mainstream sells garbage while underground is the same shit like heavy metal with anti-social teens bitching in their mom's basement.

  • U_Aite

    Hope Soulja Boy did right by his money cuz the Majors ain't playin that 60k shit no more from artist who sold millions...But then again Im sure his label already planned for his demise after his buzz died out. He was a good short term investment. T.I.(smh) He's better than that. That album was cool but I've heard better from him. Incarcerated or not, T.I. shouldn't release shit if it ain't as good as his last shit. Urban Legend still kill'n it

  • R.h. Blanchfield

    This site is off. Kanye MDTF is already plat according to the RIAA and Hip Hop DX's own article on January 17 this year titled: Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" Certified Platinum By RIAA http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.13697/title.kanye-wests-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy-certified-platinum-by-riaa This site needs to step it's game up.

    • Can't Believe

      Nahh, that just means they've shipped a milli not sold a milli. Can't believe Nicki has passed up Ye by so much in the past 2 weeks

  • reallist

    Good to see independant albums doing well.chek out dis yungin on da comeup http://www.myspace.com/cflotentative

  • Steelz4ever

    damn Talib Kweli at 20k! indie & digi only wow! Be sure to peep Rebellious new video "Charger" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z-FKh4snh0

  • DemandKid

    THIS GUY IS PROBABLY THE NEXT BEST THING TO EMINEM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Vh63R13IA&feature=player_embedded

  • D.C The Producer

    I wonder how Lil Wayne feel Nicki selling more records than him?????????????


      She's on his label jackass why would he be upset? OMG.. Who sent you niccas here?

    • J-hunt da Prodigy

      He was locked up, and had no video for the album's single (Right Above It). That song stil made it 2 the top 10 on the charts, something Nicki's failed to do as a solo artist. The album was barely promoted and it still has went gold, and maybe platinum in a few more months. When Carter IV drops, Wayne will outsell Nicki's first week numbers

    • inaverse!

      Thats what it really is tho! @khordkutta

    • Ikenna Berkley Jones

      He feels great cuz nicki is paying him with every record sold

    • Anonymous

      Wayne probably don't care. His album had no hits, a fraction of promotion and hype. He was locked up in prison when it was physically released. And it still debuted at no.1. It took Nicki three months to get to no.1 and sell a million records. Wayne done a milli in one week with C3. I don't even like Wayne, but there's hardly any comparison between the two.

    • khordkutta

      Prolly great, since he makes more $ than she does of the album.

  • Anonymous

    hahaha at da last nigga on tha list sales

  • Chupps

    #1 with 45k sales? Psh

  • Tyrannical T

    No Mercy wasn't the greatest album, but its a gold album for sure. "No Mercy" "Castle Walls" "All She Wrote" "I Can't Help It" All nice cuts

  • Rick Ross the Bawse

    I see that nigga Banks aint nowhere on the charts. Hfm2 flopped like Yayo did. Soulja's numbers are almost at HFM@. Where da niggas screamin HFM2. LOL at ya'all G-unit stans. Unit is done. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jugo

    Damn Tip aint even gone gold yet?! WTF?!


      LMAO! I love these statments like this "The South Runs Hip Hop".. lmmfao.. Really? Rick Ross doesn't go Plat. Drake isn't from the South. Niccki isn't from the South. Kayne West isn't from the south.. This dumbass statment is just that.. Dumb from an ass.. The ONLY actualy south rapper that's selling is Lil Wayne and I'll give you T.I. (since he's locked up).. That's it (fuck it you can add Ross).. So what the fuck is the south actually running? The only people running the south are White Music Execs! Period!

    • Anonymous

      no dummy she left dem left south niggas n went pop

    • southrunthisgame

      Nigga TIP is in jail and he almost gold. No other nigga could do that shit except niggas in the south. Wayne's human being album almost platinum, Nicki went south and look at her numbers. Niggas need to recognize the south owns hip hop. Ya'all from New York can't sell shit. Look at Talib. Haha, the south runs hip hop, niggas gon realize that.

    • Anonymous

      he shouldn't have. TI is starting to get stale

  • ilexx

    Instead of commenting on Nicki Minaj doing #1 with 45k u guys should be applauding her for NOT debuting at #1 but being able to still achieve the spot months later. Just because Lil Wayne did that with I am NOT a Human Being doesnt mean that sort of thing is easy. Go check the history and see how many artists have done that before.

  • 905

    Yo HHDX fix your god damn typos and spelling errors. It's making you guys look bad. Makes me wanna go to another hip hop site.

  • Anonymous

    slaughterhouse will flop as usual LMAO

    • BWS-Fish

      No Jack Johnson, u fucking homo, they definitely have an album because im listenin to it. It has more than 6 tracks, its not an EP, its not a mixtape. Come back and leave some comments when u actually know somethin about hip hip (and, no, before u ask, the black eyed peas wont count)


      They only had one album on an Indy label.. Do you clowns really know rap or did you mean to goto rockandrollDX.com I mean really.. Who sent you niccas?

    • jack johnson

      thats because its only an EP of 6 tracks not an album, noone in their right mind should be buying the slaughterhouse EP its practically a mixtape, they should be giving it away for free

    • 905

      As you usual? Are you referring to their solo efforts. Slaughterhouse has only had one album together and it wasn't on a major.



  • SoN.Y.

    go get that gutter rainbow album niggas. support hip hop. 'an album ten dollars, you act like it's ten g's. this food for thought cost a nigga two number three's.'

    • white milk

      i misspelled save too.. u missed that one genius. and 3/4 of your list are shitty rappers..b!tch

    • DC

      It's Kendrick Lamar dumbass. For someone who supports him you should know how to spell his name. Kendrick LAMAR, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs, Chip Tha Ripper, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Curren$y, Nesby Phips, Juice, Nas, Bun-B, Killa Kyleon, Wale & Termanology.

    • white milk

      so at ease with dat broke shyt...we all tryna get a dolla boy no shyt love that line but fuk kweli... that n1gga cant ride a beat to safe his life... kendrick lamer and j cole all day



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  • sky

    I don't get it, billboard.com has nothing about Minaj's number one spot, it says that the peak is number 2. So where does this info come from?

  • Mel Ratanavichit

    No.1 selling 45,000 in a week? thats just sad.... Kanye's album hit no.1 selling 10 times more that that at 500,000 copies in a week....

    • casper21

      and yet Nicki beat him to platinum and is sitting 21 spots higher. It's a slow weak no doubt, nothing major on the charts.

  • raoul

    Now I hope Kanye finally sees the error of his ways. Nicki Minaj is outselling for goodness sake. Damn! I hope there won't be more devil worshipping in his next album.

    • RealHipHopKy

      The only reason Nicki Minaj is outselling Kanye is because of Marketing and Radio and Video Play. Nicki's Songs and Videos are in Constant Rotation and her New Video Moment for life has Actually turned Some Lil Kim Fans into Nicki Fans. Kanye Needs To Lets "All of the Lights" Hit the Radio and Drop the Video Because he is way behind her in Airplay and his music is Better!

    • 905

      Error of his ways? He's going to hit platinum. Not to bad for the way record sales are these days. Just because an artist out sells another artist doesn't mean they made a bad album. Nickis ish is garbage.


    IANAHB going plat 4sho what other label doing what CM/YM doing wack or not i no sales dont mean shit thats why we come here every wednesday an cry bout who still buying who's albums props to EM for holdin the label down

  • Kevin Bibbs

    t.i. is stupid or his label is stupid he got some hit singles on his cd but hasn't released them as singles yet...he's slowly but surely loosing his appeal

    • tipster

      if he sells that much when he in da fedz, imagine when he gets out.hes not losing anything but freedom. hes one of the only few that can sell that much in such circumstances with no promo. That goes to show how big his fanbase is

    • OK

      But TIP stays winning though.

    • Atl2Trill

      That nigga is locked up and that album was thrown together also. So his say so doesn't even matter. If TIP was losing his appeal, he wouldn't be damn near gold is album sales and he's in the Feds.

  • Kevin Bibbs

    733,000 for and EP is MAJOR! So Far Gone EP ain't even sell that much...smh watch when tha carter 4 come out wayne doing big numbers!

  • Anonymous

    nothing big dropped this week thats why its number 1..whats funny is she pretty much did in 1 week, 3 months after her album release, what soujla boy has done total and his ish released before hers

  • bios

    Nicki Minaj no.1 after selling 45,000? damn the industry is fucked up. it's getting worse by the month.

    • @albums

      Only idiots buy albums. The money goes to elites to try and widen the gap between rich and poor. You are mad stupid to buy albums. You are funding the source of the problem.

    • bios

      truthenola: i purchased over 150 albums last year. cd's mostly, some vinyl, no mp3's. Maybe 20 of them were hip-hop. The genre is dying imo. not a lot of quality out there right now.

    • truthenola

      Ya'll steady commenting , but i know for damn sure you aint buy any albums recently, downloading fools..last albums i bought were kanye's and the Roots in the summer, still in heavy rotation..

    • cjrocker

      word...those numbers are horrible.

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