Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/6/2011

Nelly is nearly halfway to gold, Waka Flocka Flame is climbing past 200,000 units, Saigon stays strong on the charts, and Eminem, Nicki and Rihanna all slide out of the Top 10. But who stayed?

Only one release from last week's urban report remained in the Top 10: Bruno Mars' Doo Wops & Hooligans, which held down #9 - three spots below last week. Mars was within 5,000 of the three other recurring releases that have been alternating rankings week-to-week.

Rihanna's Loud also dropped three spots, returning to its #11 from two weeks ago. Nicki Minaj fell three spots of her own, down to #12 with Pink Friday.

Eminem's Recovery slide six spots during a week where a bunch of leaked material hit the Internet, believed to be from the late '00s. 

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fell six spots amidst a rise on the charts. Last week, former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight dropped his lawsuit against Kanye West over a 2005 stabbing that occurred at a West party in Miami.

* 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
9 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans 32,000 796,000
11 Rihanna Loud 30,000 1,039,000
12 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 29,000 1,189,000
13 Eminem Recovery 27,000 3,695,000
24 Kanye West My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy 14,000 1,062,000

Lil Wayne's digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being fell nine spots to #36. T.I.'s No Mercy dipped 20 spots to #52. 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.

Another Atlanta rapper, Waka Flocka Flame and his  Flockaveli, continues to sell. At #66, the Brick Squad 1017/Warner Brothers release has approximately sold 217,000 copies. The debut album features Wale, Uncle Murda and French Montana, among others.

Veteran superstar Nelly is nearly halfway to gold with his 2009  5.0 release. The Universal Motown release includes #1 single "Just A Dream," as well as appearances from Yo Gotti and longtime affiliate Murphy Lee.

Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told sold another 3,300 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.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
36 Lil Wayne  I Am Not A Human Being 12,000 796,000
52 T.I.
 No Mercy
14,000 784,000
66 Waka Flocka Flame  Flockaveli 7,400 217,000
101 Nelly  5.0 5,100 246,000
164 Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told 3,300

19,000

With all the controversy, how will Lupe Fiasco's Lasers sell on the charts? Can Raekwon score a Top 10 with  Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang? Will WC maintain a "low profile"? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.

103 Comments

  • Anonymous

    stop hating on waka flocka he is like lil jon he doesnt have great rap skills his music is hype/crunk music bow bow bow flocka

  • Life Accordin' To Dutch

    THIS argument of DOES EMINEM SELL BECAUSE HE IS WHITE?..is a losing battle..he once was a GOOD artist..his first two albums..very good..his last 4..not entertaining and beat selection-poor..any other rapper with those credentials wouldn't even be talked about..hiphop is a sport..and EMINEM'S TRACK RECORD IS VERY THIN..U SAY HE KILLED WHOEVER ON A TRACK..THEN WHY DO DJ'S NOT EVEN PLAY HIS PART IN THE CLUB..IF HE WAS "KILLIN" THESE DUDES..HIS VERSE WOULD GET TOP-BILLIN..RAP IS GLOBAL NOW..ITS DEFINITELY MORE "WHITE AND NON-BLACK" CONSUMERS WHO BUY HIS SHIT..URBAN RADIO STATIONS DONT EVEN TOUCH HIS SHIT..ITS NOT BECAUSE HE WHITE..ITS BECAUSE HIS SHIT IS WACK..THE INDUSTRY AND MAGAZINES WOULD LIKE YOU TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE...THEY ALSO TRIED TO SELL "ELVIS" AS THE "KING OF ROCK" WHEN HE WAS JUST DOIN BAD INTERPRETATIONS OF MORE TALENTED ARTISTS..NOT EVEN SAYIN EMINEM CANT RAP OR AS HIS FANS LIKE TO PUT IT"MAKE COMPLEX RHYME SCHEMES"..BULLSHIT ASIDE..HIS MUSIC HAS NO KNOCK IN SIGHT AND I DONT KNOW WHERE U LIVE BUT CHICAGO-BEIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAP IS A GOOD JUDGE OF WHAT THE COUNTRY LISTENS TOO..WE FUCK WIT THE EAST COAST SHIT..THE DOWN SOUTH SHIT..THE MIDWEST SHIT..ANY OTHER RAPPER WOULD HAVE BEEN GOT THE FALL-OFF CARD..BUT "EMINEM" AVOIDS THIS WITH MEDIOCRE MUSIC AND NO HITS..HMMMM

  • Ryan Gorz

    All you are lame as hell, you think eminem only sells because he is white? dont get me wrong... it helps. But people will buy your shit if you put out good music. Shit back when pac was alive he could have went platinum on a blank disc. A lot of people will buy the album based on prior records. And eminem tends to murder rappers on songs. I.E. Wayne on NO LOVE. Drake, Kanye, Wayne on FOREVER. And if you want to make it racial, then im gonna say the reason why no one gives him credit is because he is white. For the record my 2 favorite rappers are 2Pac & Eminem. ANYBODY RACIST AGAINST WHITES, BLACKS, MEXICANS OR ANYONE ELSE CAN EAT A DICK!

    • Anonymous

      UUUUUM no we dont and are you retarded be eazy yo aiight its just life or should i say business at the end of the day you do what you gotta do to stay paid.

  • Powerphi

    I've never been an Eminem fan. Personally, I think he raps like Weird Al Yankovic. To say I dislike his music is an understatement. My dislike aside, I respect his accomplishments which are undoubtadly attributed in-part by race.

  • Cee

    TRUTH: Em is a dope emcee, period. I haven't been a fan of his past 3 LPs, but I respect him for the emcee that he is, and I deserves all the sales he gets. That's more than I can say for "WACK"A "WACK"A. TRUTH: Saigon is a dope emcee. To have been thru what he's been thru and still drop and LP that was held up for years says alot for the dude. Plus the fact that The Greatest Story Never Told is 100% fire is a testament to his tenacity. Props to him and Just Blaze for delivering what a hip hop LP should sound like! TRUTH: Alot of cats on here were shouting SAIGON! REAL MUSIC! I'M GONNA COP THAT! Yet he's only at 19K sold. Half the cats hollerin on here probably downloaded it illegally anyway. I copped mine from the Best Buy!

  • vamp

    How T.I. gets 250 000 for 1 week?

  • Oddz

    Wow dats a shame dat flocka and nelly selling more records than saigon. I understand Wayne still got the buzz to push records without it having to be quality but I thought Nelly was a thing of the past

  • amp

    r u sure No Mercy's reported album sales are accurate? cuz last week it was closer 450k, and it doesnt seem to have sold 300k in one week.

  • Anonymous

    no black artist is ever gonna sell like Eminem's kracker ass you fucking ass hole lol FUCK THAT KRACKER!!! ITS BLACK MAGIC BITCH!!!... FUCK THAT KRACKER!!! ITS BLACK MAGIC BITCH!!!...

  • rubenito

    how is lil wayne #32 with 12k sales...and t.i #56 with 14k sales???????tf

  • RedFacedCracka

    FUUUUUUUCK wock "take-it-up-the-ass-by-big-dicked-bubba" flocka!!

  • big harlem

    I bought the new Lupe and was utterly let down! his first joint was the bomb. the 2nd was ok....this one was for Europeans,

  • Moses Esan

    LASERS. Thats all i'm saying. R.I.P. Notorious B.I.G.

  • tipster

    Damn. Tip almost platinum and he just dropped in december with no promo and incarcerated. Only a few can sell like that. Numbers dont lie.Its the King

    • EddieMurrrphy

      you gotta get this past gold first. they shipped out 500,000 but they sure as shit aint sold them all yet.

    • tipster

      for show! then when he get out he need to either stick to king uncaged or do a T.I. vs T.I.P. II..He got potential to go platinum first week

    • KingFan

      September 17th T.I. is free!!! Until then keep buying NO MERCY and make it platinum!!!

  • N.o.t.o.r.i.o.u.s. H.a.t.e.r.

    Eminem white skin sure as hell benefits him on the charts. With white people comprising 78% of the population and 90% of those buying hip-hop he is destined to sell no matter what type of quality he puts out. Black people better to watch out for this surge of white rappers, before hip-hop ends up like rock & roll. I know a lot of these rappers are ignorant and from the streets but this is the black man's culture, don't let them take it

    • bob0923

      that's funny because relapse didn't do near these numbers and album sales have declined progressively since it was released.

    • Oddz

      He was at a disadvantage when he came up and out, but now he has an advantage for the fact that a lot of white people that don't really listen to hip-hop will buy an eminem album. He is still better than most of the garbage out these days though.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      i heard luke is overweight. with a current weight of 365 pounds. he has a big saggy chest like a girl. is what i heard

    • Luke

      youre an ignorant POS garbage RACIST NOTORIOUS R A C I S T WHICH = IGNORANCE When you look at the world and wonder why people are fu*ked up .... its because of ignorant people like you .... sleep on it idiot

    • slapyobitchass

      Co-sign BWS-fish. Sure Em sells cuz he's white but he also sells because he can rap. Niggas on here sayin Em platinum cuz he's white, then what does that make Jay, Wayne, Kanye or Nicki Minaj. last time I checked they was black. Stop hatin on the white boy, he makes better music than 85% of the horrific garbage that comes out.

    • BWS-Fish

      Eminem sells because he is good, simple as that. If u wud rather buy somethin by OJ Da Juiceman, Soulja Boy, The Ying Yang Twins, Waka Flocka Flame, Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Flo Rida, Gucci Mane, Plies etc etc etc out of some retarded racial loyalty, be my guest, but im gonna buy eminem's music over any of that bullshit. If only white people can go platinum, then Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne are sporting some pretty impressive all-year-round tans.

    • Deez NUts

      Um ur a gay fish

  • Wack

    Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli : 217,000. This is sad, just sad. What kind of retards are supporting this guy?! This has nothing to do with hip hop. These people should be ashamed.

  • R.Pgh

    i don't think Lupe is going to sell very well. When the artist mentions that the label fucked up the album and he hates it, it's going to hurt the numbers. The album isn't as bad as critics are making it out to be, but you can easily pick the songs Atlantic threw in there. Too much electronic shit. Couple simple radio songs with r&b hooks (the Trey Songs joint). Bought it to support Lu, but it's FAAAAR from his best work. F&L II hopefully will be classic.

    • Anonymous

      Lupe's album projections are 230 000 units. one can only hope it does good (even though the album forced lupe's comercial side).

  • Nedas Punys

    imagine Joell & Saigon sellin 100k+ first week..

  • bigtim5099

    LASERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joshua Bechard

    recovery sucks cock yall only like it cuz its eminem that shit is garfunkle nigga

  • Anonymous

    Lasers my first album purchase in years! Good music deserves it

  • Anonymous

    Recovery is gay teeny bopper music...

  • SuperGucci

    Gucci's dick taste like a banana boat ice cream sundae!!! BURRRRRRRRRR!! Is it time to for cock meat sandwich yet Gucci????.....YES! It's Gucci Time!!!!

  • Ace Of Spadez

    Yo Common when you droppin your next album?????

  • Simple like AC, 123

    Recovery, 4 millions this summer

  • Ace Of Spadez

    Lol, who the fuck is still buying Recovery, and I fuck wit T.I. but I doubt he sold that much. Maybe if labels actually started promoting lyricism in the mainstream they'd get better sales and we'd get better music.

    • Luke

      your name should be ace of fails .... especially if youre implying that recovery didnt have lyricism in it

  • war22

    wacka flocka sold more then saigon...i would like to kill all of them 217,000 retards who purchase that album...this industry is going to hell and rappers are afraid to call names...i just wish someone would man up and say something...

  • Anonymous

    or papoose mixtapes

  • Anonymous

    does anyone know some good planet Asia albums?.....

  • Ai

    R.I.P. Nelly's career :(

  • Tony Raje' Brackins

    Nelly dropped an album?

  • EddieMurrrphy

    yeah t.i. aint even gold yet. last week his album sales were 453,000. now he sells 14,000 more and he shoots up to 784,000. i guess i learned math wrong

  • Nico 3

    Nelly's nowhere near gold, and those T.I. numbers look inflated. I think it's time Hiphopdx posts the numbers to indie rap albums from all genres, like Chicano, Bay Area, etc.

  • ShootYassef

    Where is "the album sales dont matter" guy?

  • thetrooth

    Who's pays for music in this day and age??? wtf is wrong with you people....

    • Anonymous

      Lady Gaga/Justin Beiber fans buy music. If youre content with the record labels only pushing that style of music then download on young dipshit.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      fuck off asshole, i buy music to keep it from getting to the point where we have no choice what to listen to cause all our favorite emcees quit because they broken hearted over the disloyalty of their fans. OR theres nobody making music at all (as far as substance i know madonna could always be brought back for 12 million more. dont steal music dick.

    • Anonymous

      I bought Lasers.

  • Anonymous

    lol @ hating on ppl that buy other artist music

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  • Graham Conselyea

    Get a fucking job, Saigon or go back to school, or something else useful. Show business is not for everyone and now that you are a three-time loser-- It's time to get OUT. I'm 'sure' this record sold a whole 13 extra copies because it had a dogshit verse from Jay on it, woo woo.

    • joey

      If I wanted to buy a buncha dogshit Jay-z verses, I woulda just bought Blueprint 3..burn! To be honest, I bought that saigon album because it had some hot saigon verses

    • Pablo Escobar

      Graham, stop drinking that Hatorade....Oops, I meant your own piss you sour nigga. Its not his fault he was blackballed by the industry and so MTV and BET and Hot 97 bucketlisted his songs. They don't ever select albums from independent labels for rotation anyway. Don't throw stones if you live in a Glass House

    • EddieMurrrphy

      lots of white cats dont do numbers. but necro does!! and i know that jew gets no less than 10 a copy. its his own label. plr records stand up and comeback

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      chill with the nubers every indie deal is not the same yall actin like he getin what master p was gettin with nolimit 100k yeah rite

    • Iamtruth

      Shut the fuck up.Saigon is a dope emcee. 19000 is good numbers for his type of style and limited exposure. The jay verse and the whole album was good. Lyrics and words dont do numbers maybe if he was white but he's not. Look at what sheek louch did on def jam like 3000 copies lol. This dude did 19000 independent. He keeps most of the bread at the end of it he make like 100 grand of it. Do you make that in a year?

    • Graham's Mom Gave Me Syphilis

      He's a loser? He's making dope music and selling; what exactly are you doing? Bum ass nigga.

  • Anonymous

    If record labels wanna see why the industry is struggling then just look at the list of albums they type about above. Record labels have been putting out the same shit from the same artists for 10 yrs now with the exception of 2-3 new artists that sound exactly like other artists. Find something new to push and maybe the industry can attract people to actually purchasing albums again.

  • Da1

    Am I missing something or is T.I.'s record sales looking alot higher then it was a week ago? Last I checked it was under the 500,000 mark. Hiphopdx get it together.

  • EddieMurrrphy

    not even trying to hate because i actually buy cds and have already bought his but, i think they mean top 100 for raekwon. for one c'mon top ten out of everyone in the billboard 200. no way. for 2 its gay emi records and they have not shipped this out at all. best buy does not carry it. no fye or other store in my state has it yet. i mention fye cause thats the closest i got. they said something like shipping delay or something bogus like that. and two bitches dont support anymore not even the beloved wu. they just sit back and download with weak wrists.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    waka 200k could be gold status if had drop a couple of years ago look like wayne gone get two platnium plats this year C4 im waitin for that killer mike an gucci to drop at months end

  • cuttoff

    i ain't tryin 2 sound like a hater or nothin but i can't picture nelly sellin them 200,000 records like that! i ain't heard no single or nothin. Record company must of bout them albums. i ain't got a hate bone in my body either fam!

    • Sirsted

      It is weird to me too. he dropped in mid November and his first week was only 63,000 and usually sales usually decline after first week. However he did have A song called Just A Dream that was #3 on the Hot 100.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      you probably have heard that just a dream track like 30 times and just dont know its him. its by far the most pop and corny track hes ever dropped, and this is nelly we talking about, i have no respect for him so that is saying something.

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      man that album drop back in november my g homie was doing them # in the first week a couple of albums ago

  • Zeek

    Saigon is that dude from Entourage right?

    • EddieMurrrphy

      completely agree with the saigon entourage shit. i heard of that dude in 04 -05 ish when he was buzzing hardcore and dropped that warning shots joint. that was heat. i liked that way better than the greatest story never told. that album was average to me. i aint been feeling just blaze for a minute now, and he did nothing to change my opinion that he is getting weak with his production on that album. but yeah shit is all fucked up w/ peoples knowledge of hip hop these days.

    • ShootYassef

      If you only know saigon from entourage. Shoot Yourself. But it goes to show how nobody knows these street rapper nowadays. Maybe if every third dude with a fitted wasnt a rapper. There would be better discernment of music quality. Its not about the music anymore just the celebrity...ask lil b aka "genius savant"

    • EddieMurrrphy

      it is, my bad. seems like somebody conveniently asks that question every page to add to buzz or something

    • Zeek

      Naw dude I was seriously wondering if it was the same guy.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      what is this some kinda bullshit promotion? yeah he is!!!! should we all go buy the album and stroke to jeremy piven and friends??!?!?!?!! ps entoruage is gay. whaddup marky mark

  • ptone814

    i only bought saigon & kwest's albums from all the cd's mentioned....fuckin people listen to some real fucked up shit...

  • Jeff S H Lee

    Records sales doesn't mean you have skills. It just means you're more popular/better marketing schemes and more promotion from the label via multiple mediums. If people want to listen to Waka over Saigon let them. It ain't gon change anything.

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      you cant compare them sales waka album drop last summer yall gotta stop getin mad cause some dude you think is hot dont sale

  • Zeek

    Eminem sold more then Nicki, Rihanna and Kanye together. WINNING!

  • fucked up

    You know shit is fucked up, when Waka Flocka gonna outsell Saigon by 200k.. Who the fuck buys that shit? Seriuosly! What the fuck is wrong with people?

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