Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/27/2011

Joell Ortiz hits the charts. Kanye West and T.I. make major climbs from last week, as Saigon sells nearly 5,000 more units.

Very little movement happened at the top of the charts last week. The four top urban artists were within 4,000 units of each other, approximately speaking. Bruno Mars' Doo Wops & Hooligans fell one spot, to #6.

Eminem's Recovery also went down one spot. Earlier this week, a bunch of leaked material hit the Internet from the late '00s, recording by the Aftermath Entertainment superstar. Rihanna's Loud climbed two spots, returning to its #8 from two weeks ago. Nicki Minaj held strong at #9 with Pink Friday.

 

* 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
6 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans 37,000 764,000
7 Eminem Recovery 37,000 3,668,000
8 Rihanna Loud 33,000 1,010,000
9 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 32,000 1,160,000
15 Various Artists Loud 21,000 170,000

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy climbed a remarkable 18 spots last week. The surge may be largely attributed to 'Ye's released the Hype Williams-directed video for "All of the Lights," featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi. The video also caught some controversy last week, when removed from YouTube after epilepsy groups complained of its bright, flashing lights and colors.

Lil Wayne's digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being fell two spots to #27. 

T.I.'s No Mercy gained nine spots to #32. 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.

Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told sold nearly 5,000 more units in its second week in stars. Created and conceptualized on Atlantic Records, Kottonmouth Kings' Suburban Noize imprint worked with Sai to acquire the release rights to the album which sold 11,000 first-week units. Despite being on the independent label, the critically-heralded work still includes appearances by Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Black Thought, as well as production from Just Blaze and Kanye West. The album's FYE physical version includes a second CD with five unreleased songs.

The new addition to the charts this week is Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz. The Brooklyn emcee's sophomore solo album, Free Agent debuted at #148 on the charts. The E1 Entertainment release was long delayed from a year ago, but has garnered critical praise, with production from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Sean C & LV.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
18 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 16,000 1,048,000
27 Lil Wayne
I Am Not A Human Being
14,000 784,000
32 T.I. No Mercy
13,000 453,000
116 Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told 4,800 16,000
148 Joell Ortiz Free Agent 3,800

4,000

Can releases from Apollo Brown, Pastor Troy or Doap Nixon sneak into the Top 200? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

84 Comments

  • Anonymous

    yelawolf outsold ortiz with a mixtape album and it has been on the heetseekers charts for like 15 weeks its doin pretty well but both of them albums are fire go pick them up support good hip hop!

  • Sir XFacta

    Yo I don't wanna be a stan but fuck that.... This new Rae joint is a problem.

  • shotswitdots

    Joell imma go out and buy your CD man. Its fire and deserves to be much higher on the charts. Im gonna go get it Sunday.

  • Anonymous

    MARK TWAIN TELLS A STORY ABOUT A TRAVELING GROUP OF MINSTRELS. THEY CHARGE FOR TICKETS AND WHEN THE LOCAL POPULACE GET THERE ITS JUST A BUNCH OF DUMB ASSES RUNNING AROUND NAKED, BUT THE PEOPLE FEEL SO FOOLISH AT HAVING PAID TO SEE IT THEY SUGGEST THEIR FRIENDS ALL GO. IN REFERENCE TO RECOVERY. SO EVERYBODY WHO FEELS DUMB CUS THEY BOUGHT IT TELLS THEIR FRIENDS THAT ITS THE SHIT WHEN THEY SPOT THEIR COPY..

  • Erik Quinty

    free agent is nasty! people need to get out there and buy quality music

  • Anonymous

    I'LL SAY IT SINCE ALL YOU BITCHES AND DICK RIDERS WON'T! IT'S SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THESE EMINEM SALES, DONT YOU THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS SHIT IS RIDICULOUS, WHO THE FUCK IS STILL BUYING THAT BULLSHIT ALBUM!!! THESE DUDES GOTTA BUYING THEY'RE OWN SHIT OR SOMETHING! WHAT THE FUCK, I'VE HEARD THE ALBUM FRONT TO BACK, AND NOTHING IS THAT APPEALING IN HIS ALBUM THAT MAKES OTHER WANNA GO AND BUY THIS ALBUM! IM TIRES OF MOTHAFUCKAS GETTING CREDIT THAT DON'T DESERVE IT!

  • Dre RichMan Cannons Love

    Joell Ortiz album is the shit fooo!!!! Go cop official muzik fans!!!

  • Frank Rodriguez

    "Earlier this week, a bunch of leaked material hit the Internet from the late '00s, recording by the Aftermath Entertainment superstar." Is this a sentence?

  • white milke

    *making assumptions

  • Anonymous

    Waffle House flopped again?????? Who is Slaughterhouse anyways??? smh

  • Anonymous

    ONCE AGAIN SAIGON SOLD MORE THAN JOEL ORTIZ AND SAIGONS ALBUM IS IN THE 3RD WEEK OF SALES... SAIGONS 3RD WEEK SALES 4,800SOLD JOEL 1ST WEEK SALES 3,800... MY POINT?? SLAUGHTERHOUSE WILL FLOP UNDER SHADY MASSIVELY!!! LOL

  • BWS-Fish

    for all the people who come to this page every fuckin week saying "sales dont matter" and "sales dont mean shit" and"sales dont make u a great MC" - why the fuck to u go to a story that is exclusively about sales. If you genuinely place no importance on them then why even look at the page every week. And before i get all kinds of abuse, i listen to ALL levels of hip hop, not just the stuff that sells so thats not wat this is about. I just realise that this is the music BUSINESS and the essence of that is to sell and make money. Anyone who doesnt believe that shud just give their album away.

    • BWS-Fish

      exactly Rakim Maan, because of the style of hip hop u listen to u place no importance on sales. So what I'm askin is why do u click on a link for an article which is exclusively about sales?

    • rakim maan

      what makes people mad is lyricism isnt selling, and thats what rap is based on. commercial watered down, saying nothing bullshit is selling. the people who are actually skilled in real rap and what rap really is arent because you cant dance to it. not saying everyone who sells doesnt have talent and vise versa.

    • white milk

      cuz they dont mean it. notice their reaction when an artist the support has nice sales vs an artist they dont... mad stans... they refuse to recognize that their favorites arent selling bc they suck monkey balls...

  • Anonymous

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  • onelove

    makes me sad that the greatest story never told haven't sold more than 16k. that album is fuckin sick, go cop that shit! support real hip-hop while it still exist!

  • Anonymous

    The Greatest Story never told has a second CD? :( Must of came out after the 1st week. Mine doesnt have one

  • Almar

    Man Fuck Lupe, He got like 5 good songs, his new album aint shit, Dude aint no fuckin G.O.A.T., Don't waste your time with garbage like that, that New raekwon is gonna be sicker than Charlie Sheen.

    • white milk

      if anybody on here sayin the album suck that means its probably hot... ill be scooping that up in the 8th

  • Hotboy

    Can someone PLEASE post the entire top 200 albums?

  • Caucasian Rockwell

    $40,000 (so far) How much you make this year so far? Keep it all in perspective.

    • rakim maan

      your a fucking idiot dude. joell sold 4000 units..he prob gets close to 10 bucks for ever album sold. 10x4000 = 40k he wasnt talking about what he makes. wow

    • Anonymous

      You made 40's in two months? Doing what? Please do tell b/c you sound like a Big Fat Liar. 240k a year? I'm an engineer and that's way more than I make. Note I said you SOUND like a liar, you could be telling the truth, but please elaborate. You like these rappers nowadays, I make all this $ blah blah....but HOW?

  • Mook

    How much do y'all think LASERS is going to sell? Well it has leaked and people have been saying it's wack and not Lupe's best but I got Lu pushing 85-100k. what about Wiz yall? I say Wiz gonna do like 300k-350k.

  • thankx for the info my kinfolk

    yeah reakwon -"snake pond" song iz sickoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo def coppin that shaolin vs wu tang

  • POLP

    theze slaughterhouse niggaz never sell shit but when they songs drop their stans come out in a bunch but never support their artist when they release.anyways fuck lupe po shit go cop that chef new shit is dope

  • bom919

    LMFAO at the last question. and the answer is HELL NO!!! who is Appollo Brown, and Pastor Troy...Really who still listens to him. that was a dumbass question

    • EddieMurrrphy

      we fucking white bitches together tonite joe

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      @EDDIE tell charlie to get at me mane

    • EddieMurrrphy

      apollo brown is the new man behind the boards. helluva rookie year in 2010 for that dude. managed to entirely and freshly produce three whole releases last year. my rookie of the year for 2010 for sure. ignorant fool. pastor troy is still droppin shit that thumps too... suckle a fat one fool

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      i still rocks with p-troy allday

  • Jeff S H Lee

    Record sales do not equate to skills.

    • Kalin Maurice Leonard

      Agreed, but in some cases high sales do mean great album just not all the time. Eminem is good matter of fact hes one of very few good white rappers which severely helps his sales. Im not a fan and i think hes overrated but of course thats just my opinion.

  • jay the music guy

    Yo Joell and E1 didnt promote the album because they had a falling out. Joell didn't know that the album was even released last week. He The album was fiya anyway . Joell rather you bootleg that particular album and go and cop a Yaowa t shirt instead or attend a concert.

  • white milk

    so saigon has sold 16k. with those features mentioned in the article isnt he still in the hole? i mean 16k @around $10 a pice is only 160k. unless those features were done out of luv for dude he got a long way to go...imo great lyrics but boring music overall.. he shoudve got with dj toomp or cool & dre and put those messages over some better beats to gain more ears...

    • white milk

      u obviously assumtions bc you dont know me. i never listen to the radio...ever. radio plasy the same shyt over and over all day. fact is the beats are wack. i dont need to ask anyone.. i can hear w/ my own ears. plus this dude aint jay...no where in his ballpark. at this point ppl gone listen to jay just bc its jay not bc its a just blaze beat..

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      Your obviously a Crack Radio baby... Just Blaze is Hip Hop... Ask Jay-Z.

  • Anonymous

    so out of the 9 billion people who live on this earth, 4 thousand bouth ortiz's shit HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH

    • rakim maan

      uh its a few less billion than 9 bro..were just pushing 7. i dont know many infants, chinese, ugandan cape verdian, russian, czhec, mongolian and 45+ people checking for joells album you dumb fuck

    • Anonymous

      There are about 7 billion people on this earth. You overshot it by 2 billion. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Anonymous

      You say that, to say what. 3 millon plus bought "Vanilla Ice" shit does that make him a nice emcee, HELL NO! Joell is a Lyrical beast, I dont care how many units he sold.

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      I think that is sad... This culture is in the toilet menatally... We are now seriously using record sale as a criteria to determin what and who the TRUE MC's in Hip Hop are now? When the streets start using this criteria Hip Hop has just turn left onto the Jazz and Rock N Roll Lane in History...

    • something

      it doesn't count world sales, dumb fuck. 4 thou out of 308 mil copped that album if u wanna act like that

    • Anonymous

      And 9 billion think you're an IDIOT.

  • Anonymous

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  • Brizz

    Would be nice to see worldwide stats in this news segment. pz.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    them boys are the real brick squad

  • Dip Stick

    Who is still buying recovery? Eminem? Shady records? I know that actual people aren't still buying it. It's pretty sad that eminem has to buy his own albums because nobody will buy them. He says he is the highest selling artist of all time but in actuality he has bought somewhere around 50 million copies of his own stuff. The best rapper alive is andre 3000. Then lil wayne. Last but not least Wacka Flaka

    • rakim maan

      you have got to be the dumbest piece of shit ever to touch a keyboard. black people cant be racist because they have no power? are you fucking retarded. racism is from an individual or a group. if im a black lady hating on some white rapper because hes white and successful THATS FUCKING RACISM YOU STUPID FAT UGLY BLACK BITCH. I can obviously tell your pushin an easy 180 sloppin all over you computer with your twinky cream and chili sauce. Go get a fucking job. Eminem is successful because hes DOPE. did you forget he came from a fucking trailer park and a drug addict for a mom? whats different than him and some black kid from the hood? skill. thats it. just skill. hes dope and he has commercial appeal. Are you saying jay, nas, pac, biggie, made it only on skill alone and em didnt? I guess you could say they only have fans because they are black and they made it out of the hood so their fans support someone they identify with. YOUR FUCKING RETARDED. NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING THE INTELLECTUAL YOU THINK YOU ARE. trying to be some marcus garvey or some shit. shut the fuck up.

    • Bryan Moore

      So many fucking idiots on one post. Eminem's done more in his career than any other rapper has or will do. Mad haters.

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      Racism does not have any thing to do with what you say or even think really... A racist and RACISM is when you use your collective power to exclude, hinder or imprision another group Socially, Politically, ECONOMICALLY ect... and at the same time elevate or promote your own group... Blacks are obviously NOT racist... we do not have any power and when we are the Majority (such as in Hip Hop) Blacks NEVER exclude Whites or try to shut them out... that is why Negros can not see how Racist Eminem out of this Universe success is. Fuck Eminem!

    • Rad Russian

      oh, btw OOH FOOLISH PRIDE OO OOO OO OO FOOLISH PRIDE.

    • Rad Russian

      Half you clowns are fucking dumb swear down. You claim white folk are racist cos they support eminem and shit, but fail to realise by just saying that statement you are actually racist? If a white mans racist its racism, if a black guys racist it isn't. Hate to be on that race shit but I swear black folk don't see the hypocracy they spit.

    • Anonymous

      Are you High! 3000 is the only one that you named that can come close to touching EM. Wayne and Flacka are wacka! Top Five Lyricist right now are as follows: 1. Fabolous 2. Joell Ortiz 3. EM 4. JadaKiss 5. Kanye.

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      Eminem is the Manchurian MC... @ Fuck Annoymous... your post is on P.O.I.N.T... I seen that Nigger shit too. Prime example of the emotion that pushes Eminem up above all these Niggas in Hip Hop... a Black Male dominated Culture Ruled by a Caucasian... Now Ain't that some shit!

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      Ain't shit free and ain't shit easy... Ask Sean Bell Life long fiance... Eminem is Economic Racism personified... and a living example of modern day racism and manipulation of the black community... White Power is used at every Turn in his career... Fuck Eminem!

    • WordUp

      so what if white kids bump this shit, hes white, wtf, he found his audience, hes doing his shit, hes making money hes making sales, fuk all this racist bullshit, black people aint suffering nomore, its free and even, you dont see white people getting pissed coz tiger woods is raking it in golf and is the richest sportsman in the world?

    • onelove

      no one except little girls and 13 year old white boys cop that shit thinking its dope.

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      Yes I believe Eminem actually sold 3+ million copies of his CD... Caucasians will buy and buy just to keep Eminem above these niggas in Hip Hop... Coporations will help his numbers shine... So yeah I believe Eminem sales numbers... on some Economic, Historic Placment Racist Bullshit! NOBODY is Bumpin Eminem... I don't hear it in my Hood... Eminem ENTIRE Career is built up on some ol' racist shit! Fuck Eminem!

    • fuck anonymous

      Eminem is wack. The only fans he has are white kkk racist. Like the anonymous cracker who was typing nigger on his comments. Fuck eminem that long nose sickly looking muthafucka. I hate Eminem's fans more than I hate him because they are always closet racist or uncle toms.

    • Anonymous

      are you mutha fuckin retarded? there are over 500 million people in the US and you think its crazy that 3.5million people bought his album..u retarded ass fuck saying waka is good, fuckin retarded nigger, u think everyone buys albums first week? or first month? nah u dumb son of a bitch, people wait for like 3 or 4 singles to be released then buy that shit, u dumb bum ass fuck face nigger

    • ed0n

      REALLY? LIL WAYNE? WHACK A FLOCKA GAY? SHOOT YOURSELF BEFORE I SHOOT YOU, BITCH

    • murdock

      where do you people come from..shut the fuck up

    • Anonymous

      i downloaded it. then bought it after i realized he was dope again. fuck yu man. dont hate on em. go sit on a broomstick you stupid fuck. if you feel what im sayin check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEtfs36qpg

    • DonnieBrasco

      joe is your dad into snm? i saw a pic of him wearing leather underpants

    • Zeek

      Eminem has sold over 1 million catalogue albums in the last year aswell. Eminem is always selling.

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      still snitchin ha donnie?

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      an thats comming from a snitch

    • DonnieBrasco

      your dad sucks dick behind gas stations

  • G-zus

    Saïgon & Ortiz are going Double WOOD.

    • TripleBlackandBeautifulWoman

      If Saigon and Joell Ortiz go double wood as you say... then this Hip Hop shit IS DEAD and in a Shit hole no less... because both are on some Hip Hop Anthem Classic Lyracist shit!

  • Anonymous

    SAIGON: SEND CD'S TO CANADA!!!!! PLEASE, NIGGS LOVE UR SHIT UP NORTH!

    • sincerejk

      yeah but i have 5 or 6 boys who have gone to multiple stores in toronto to buy it, only to be told that they had sold out of the 2 copies they ordered. also, i preordered it from suburban noize back in december and it still hasn't arrived yet

    • Shuttaman

      Wat you talkin bout i bought it the week it came out at a hmv in montreal

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