Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/27/2011

Pharoahe Monch nearly sells 10,000 units, while Gucci Mane's Master P-featuring mixtape scores a Top 20 debut, and Chris Brown shatters the charts.

R&B/Pop took over the charts this week. Jive Records superstar Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. entered at #1. The work features emcees such as Ludacris, Lil Wayne and Young Money's Tyga. Brown beat out #2, Jennifer Hudson, by over 100,000 units sold.

Bobby V (f/k/a Bobby Valentino), a onetime member of Ludacris' DTP Records, released his Fly On The Wall album. The EMI Records-backed project features G-Unit's 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks, as well as another EMI Hip Hop label-mate in Twista.

Lupe Fiasco still held a Top 10 position. The Chicago, Illinois emcee may have had his share of disagreements with Atlantic Records over the content and direction of his third album, Lasers, however the work is fast approaching 300,000 units sold. Lupe's album features label-mate Trey Songz and longtime 1st & 15th singer Sarah Green.

For the first week, Floetry alum Marsha Ambrosious' long-delayed solo debut slipped out of Top 10 rankings. The songstress is widely known in Hip Hop for her tenure as an artist at Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, as well as her feature work with Game, Slum Village and Busta Rhymes. Meanwhile, staying comfortably at #17 for another week, Rihanna's Loud  pushes well past platinum.

* 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 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. 270,000 271,000
9 Bobby V Fly On The Wall 38,000 38,000
10 Lupe Fiasco Lasers 29,000 280,000
16 Marsha Ambrosious Late Nights & Early Mornings 25,000 190,000
17 Rihanna Loud 25,000 1,115,000

Gucci Mane's latest retail mixtape, The Return of Mr. Zone 6 scored a Top 20 debut. Selling 25,000 units, the Warner Brothers/Asylum Records-backed project features appearances by '90s superstar Master P, as well as Wale, Waka Flocka Flame and Birdman.

Kanye West's acclaimed My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy fell 15 spots to #50. A spot below was Lil Wayne with  I Am Not A Human Being, which continues to march towards a platinum plaque.

Queens, New York emcee Pharaohe Monch's first album since 2007, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) very nearly scored a Top 50 debut. This is Monch's first album in conjunction with the legendary Duck Down Records imprint, and features production from longtime collaborator Diamond D, Exile and D12's Mr. Porter. The independent release sold just under 10,000 first-week units.

Chef Raekwon fell to #83 with Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, a concept in development since 2007, sold 6,500 third week units, on its way to 50,000 overall. Released on his own IceH20 imprint, and distributed through EMI, the Wu-Tang Clan member's fifth solo work features Jim Jones, Black Thought and a reunion with Nas. Producers include Evidence, Oh No and legendary House deejay Kenny Dope.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
18 Gucci Mane Return of Mr. Zone 6
25,000 25,000
50 Kanye West
My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy
10,000 1,095,000
51 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being 9,800 827,000
54 Pharoahe Monch W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) 9,600 9,700
83 Raekwon Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang 6,500


Will Wiz Khalifa burn one down at the top of the charts? Can E-40 and Snoop Dogg say "west, west" will Top 10 impressions? Stay tuned to HipHopDX to find out.


  • Garvin Inoa

    Wu Tang vs Shaolin. Still the best of 2011. Saigon is the runner up

  • Scott Yo

    i hope that nobody thats leaving comments are white, because white people shouldn't have a right to say whats corny or whats not corny in hip hop or rap...... white people try so hard to act black.. i watch (malibu most) wanted movie everyday, the movie shows how stupid a white person looks when trying to act black, that movie is toooooooo funny lol lol lol lol... you got white boys walking round in the hood wit doo rags on saying (yo watt up son!!!!)trying hard to act black lol lol lol... you ever seen a white person try and dance black or act black (that shi!! is toooo funny) yo we was at the mall the other day and we saw this white boy with a red & yellow doo rag on wit grillz in his mouth buying (wave grease).. he was walking round calling people (doggy)... the black chicks was laughing they azz off.... get off our dic.... hip hop iz for blacks ... we created it

  • I'm At Work And Bored

    Pharoahe Monch's W.A.R. album does not have production from Mr. Porter. He's just featured as a vocalist. If DX actually bought the album and read the credits instead of downloading it for free, they would know this.

  • Jay.R

    Shattered? lol. Picked up my copy of WAR today. Nuff said.

  • Alex Hayford

    Shattered??? Jeez, I was expecting something like 500K. You fail DX. lol. There wasn't any competition anyway.

  • Hmm

    Shattered the charts? Really? Really?!

  • Jeff S H Lee

    lol i like how raekwon's est. total numbers are a bigger font

  • ssCHevyimpaLA

    rea bout to hit 5x wood grain dzzzzamnnn

  • damn

    damn brah, that raekwon hit is on point too...only 45k?

  • Tony Stone

    The Beatstormz BHP Studio hit the planet !! New vibes , new style . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFrykY8crrA

  • Tony Stone

    real niggas from the south !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFrykY8crrA

  • verbs

    Rae just about keeping hip hop afloat!!

  • harris89

    no cunninlynguists? damn dude. granted the shit was like nowhere in stores but still, they didn't even get a top 200??

    • G

      I know, where the fuck is Cunninlynguists? Their album was the best I've heard in years. Oneirology was incredible. I pre ordered it and everything. Why aren't they on the list? Much better than that pussy Chris Brown garbage.

    • Jake

      Very tragic if true, but I'd be shocked if this CLASSIC Hip Hop trio (when you include the "EMO PRIMO" sick producer KNO) didn't sell AT LEAST 10,000 worldwide & 5,000 in the US. This Album along w/ Monch's W.A.R are both awesome. But I mean both always drop fire.

  • Matthew Swan

    where the hell is eminem lol

  • Hopit

    Isn't 'The Return of Mr. Zone 6' a studio album? www.youtube.com/user/superhopit

  • Anonymous

    get that raekwon new album this week if you havent already, this goes hard! wu-tang forever

    • andre

      No doubt these guys still keep real hip-hop alive.Damn, Raekwon is in the game from '91 and still has relevancy.Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang baby! Cop that!

    • ww

      its not all that cuban linx 2 was better this was throw away songs from it rea even admited it.next one should be dope till then its big krit hoeeezzz

    • Anonymous

      R.E.K.S. is up there and deserves to be bought.

    • Jake

      It's def a hot one, but the Nas/Black thought are the illest verses on there & by far the 2 best. I don't think it's as good as Pharoahe Monch's W.A.R. or Cunnin Lynguists ONEIEROLOGY. All 3 very good, the latter 2 GREAT....imho of course

    • EddieMurrrphy

      yessir a worthy buy indeed. my album of the year so far no doubt.

    • Ya Boy D

      Got It! Album is Fire!

  • imeafk

    where is eminem? i wanna see totals.

  • dave

    good point tina. notice drake is not on the wayne and nickis tour hmmmmm... very interesting rubs my chin with a wicked grin.could a classic record lable implosion be on the way. we can only hope. lol

  • tina

    nicki sold 23,000 it is just not posted.btw that gives her close to 1,300,000 in in about 4 mounths to drakes 1,300,000 in 9 mounths and waynes 800,000 in 6 mounths universal propably sent out an email not to post her sales anymore. they dont want egos to get in the way ymcmb harmony lol

    • haha

      You really think Wayne or Drake would get on this website to check out the numbers? For the people that this is one of their go-to websites, they'll check out the numbers on here, but in no way does drake or wayne check the numbers out on here. Billboard.com is where theyll look. Explain to me why Eminems numbers aren't up there? Did Interscope send an email to HHDX? No mam, they simply put out the numbers they want. Plus it's always ten albums the put up. By the way you keep spelling months wrong.

  • Mook

    Gucci 25k for a street album is whassup....wayne is at 827k for an album with "leftovers" is impressive. Wiz is gonna do 350+ watch!

  • white milk

    this is just for everyone thats celebrating ms minaj numbers not being posted.... she moved 22846 units this week outselling your favortie rapper. now tell em why you mad...

    • Anonymous

      Well, all I can say is congratulations to her promoters, not her...

    • white milk

      i like lupe too but considering his album just came out him outselling her this week is not a big accomplishment. i mean her album has been out for a min now...

    • The MG

      I like Lupe more than Nicki and he sold more than her this week. I ain't mad.

  • aaaaa

    R.I.P hip hop. it just moved underground

  • aaaaa

    Wtf is this? Gay albums top 10 who the fuck is buying this shit, I feel like hip hop is not about the streets anymore:S

    • whit milk

      fuk the streets. the streets is why megatron just lost his life. why blks cant get ahead. why greats like pac and biggie are gone. i say again FUK the streets jus give me good entertainment. no matter how important it is to ppl when it all boils down this is all just entertainment anyway

    • Anonymous

      hasnt been for a long time bro where you been? jail? a coma?

  • popo

    i looked it up emenim did do 18,000 i ask agian who the hell is still buying recovery. they don`t even have single on radio does em have the touch or what

  • keep track of sales

    for the recod emenim 27 18,500 nicki 19 22,800

  • Nathan Harvey Malcolm

    Congrads to CB

  • Anonymous

    breezy definetely deserves it, made up big time for the last album that flopped

    • Anonymous

      yeah mane anyone who loses it during an interview and throws a chair into a window deserves good things

  • Lilworm

    sweeeet nicki minaj sht stopped selling. and chris brown's first week sales are higher than rihanna's lol that should stir up the pot.

  • Anonymous

    KING WEeZYUS outsells that homo pharoahe

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  • Nico 3

    Chris Brown 270,000? Robin Roberts must have felt guilty and bought every copy. Decent numbers for Zone 6 and W.A.R.

  • truthman

    Well at least Pharoah still did more numbers than Sheek Louch without def jam or radio support.

    • StrictlyHipHop

      okay eddie murphy we get it you are a loyal fan = you bi-polar cocksucker

    • EddieMurrrphy

      compare it to a duck down release at least. that would make sense and make your words somewhat credible. for instance: i bet these first week monch sales are gonna be higher than smif n wessun and pete rock's album that comes out in may.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      what you picking on sheek for. that album sucked that is true, but fuck off, there is ten times worse artists and music coming out than d-block shit. and fuck you i bought both w.a.r. and donnie g im no lazy bitch fan (jussayin...)

  • pineapple

    nicki fell off???

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  • Anonymous

    Nice work B Lupe and Monch. This week people stopped buying Nicki Minaj BS

  • icu ucme

    Good for CB........

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