Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/12/2011

Tech N9ne is a market giant, selling over 50,000 first-week units for his highest debut week to date. Wiz Khalifa approaches gold, and Waka Flocka Flame and Kid Cudi fight for chart survival.

As predicted, Kansas City, Missouri emcee Tech N9ne scored a Top 5 debut with his latest studio album,  All 6's & 7's. The Strange Music release is Tech's highest charting to date, selling over 55,000 first-week units. This project features a number of high-profile guests, including Yelawolf, B.o.B. and Lil Wayne.

Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Holligans, now a platinum release, fell a mere three spots to #17. Mars has been an urban Pop sensation for Atlantic Records' roster renovation and new-found success.

Twenty five years after releasing their first album, New York Hip Hop/Punk trio the Beastie Boys crossed the 200,000 mark with their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The EMI Records release, which dropped before Part One, features artists that Adrock, MCA and Mike D have influenced, including Nas and Santigold. The climbed a spot to #24.

While Chris Brown climbed a spot with F.A.M.E., Wiz Khalifa's major label debut Rolling Papers is headed towards gold status. The Rostrum/Atlantic Records release features Chevy Woods, Curren$y and Too Short.



* 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
4 Tech N9ne  All 6's & 7's 56,000 56,000
17 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans 20,000 1,090,000
24 Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 15,000 243,,000
26 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. 14,000 610,000
28 Wiz Khalifa  Rolling Papers 14,000 445,000


Rick Ross' re-vamped Maybach Music Group roster fell 20 spots with their new compilation, Self-Made, Volume 1. Now backed by Warner Brothers, the trio of Wale, Pill and Meek Mill sold another 12,000 units, backed by their Def Jam star leader. MMG's Teedra Moses, Stalley and veteran Gunplay of Triple C's also appear on the project.


Odd Future's leader, Tyler, the Creator's Goblin sold another 4,500 units, landing it the #100 spot. A follow-up to 2009's self-released Bastard, Goblin features band-mates Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Frank Ocean.

Jadakiss' retail mixtape, I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans) fell 32 more spots to #138. Releases as a free project earlier in the month, the D-Block/L.O.X. lyricist and Def Jam Records opted to release the fan-inspired project as a physical and digital retail project. The work sold 18,000 units to date.

Cleveland, Ohio rapper/singer Kid Cudi and Atlanta, Georgia rapper Waka Flocka Flame are likely to exit the Top 200 after 30 and 36 weeks there, respectively. Cudi's Universal Motown sophomore album,  Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager features appearances by Cee-Lo Green and former Nighthawks emcee, Cage. Meanwhile, Flocka's Warner Brothers-backed debut, Flockaveli, featured Wale, French Montana and Pastor Troy.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
32 Maybach Music Group Presents...  Self-Made, Volume 1 12,000 90,000
100 Tyler, The Creator  Goblin 4,600 75,000
138 Jadakiss I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans) 3,300 18,000
196 Kid Cudi Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager 2,500 428,000
200 Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli 2,500 272,000

Will Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Bad Meets Evil Hell 2: The Sequel project grab a #1? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.


  • Anonymous

    respect to tech

  • Bador Al-Qurashi

    Tech N9e is the King of Rap! seriously Tech N9ne is Made of Rap! Fuck those Haters who still at home on their fathers' dicks with nothing to do than hating on Tech N9ne! you just a low life maggots getting money from papa lmao

  • Guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8r8377zGew We Killin It - Barton Block

  • Anonymous

    It's Jewhop wether you like it or not!

  • Anonymous

    lets see tyler sell 55,000 thousand independently 10 years from now. yall niggas talking shit about tech are crazy, that boy worked his ass off and it paid off. tech getting more promo now, but he still had HALF the push tyler/odd future was/is getting. odd future is a success in their own right, but tech n9ne is literally the living example of how to WIN on an indy. especially in something as fickle as hip hop, tech still got fans from 10 years ago. niggas like sheek dropping albums on DEF JAM, selling 4 k first week. legends like redman, 10 k on DEF JAM. if you don't see tech doing these numbers as a win, you're not successful.

    • Mrnoluv

      Dawg, you sound very young! Not trying to diss you but you do realize Luke, Eazy, hell even MC Hammer sold that much from their trunks back in the 80's! That's not successful! Sure he made a little money, like Eazy did, MC Hammer, Luke...but you don't make BIG MONEY until you sell a lot of records and get a MAJOR distributor. Hey I am sure Tech is getting paid, but nothing like Scarface back in the Rappalot days! That was success! And if you were too young to know, you should look it up. Those brothers were making millions because that was when HIP HOP HAD PEOPLE THAT WOULD SUPPORT THE! These days these fake as niggas that think 50K is good numbers, are supporting hip hop. Those numbers are pathetic. Anyone that claims to be a real HIP HOP fan that doesn't buy it, isn't a fan! As I keep saying, those numbers are pathetic, you can try to spin it anyway you want. I remember the DOC selling me more than Janet Jackson when he first came out, I remember NWA selling more than Paula Abdul...these cats can't go 50K? Pathetic.

  • Dizzle

    Meant to post this here... I wish people would stop dismissing Tech's success because other "indie" artists like Tyler the Creator sold the same amount in his first week. It's an apples and oranges comparison. Tyler signed to XL Records, an INTERNATIONAL "independent" label (which only means it isn't one of the "big 5") with DEEP financial backing for advertising...it's the same record label that Adele (the #1 this week whose sold millions of both her last two albums) is signed to. Couple that with the fact that he's being managed by a former Interscope exec and had a few national appearances (Fallon, for example) and it's no surprise he sold 55k. Given the "buzz" have expected more. Tech, on the other hand, is half-owner at Strange and has had to spend the last 10 years building everything at his label from the ground up.

  • Bador Al-Qurashi

    All Hail to the King of Rap Tech N9ne!!!

  • Anonymous

    waka stop buying your cd. you're losing money doing that.

  • Nick

    I want Nas to Kill Kid Cudi. That nigga ruined hip hop with lame ass rhyme scheme and emo rock fetish. Fuck that suntan. Praise Nas, the true son of God.

    • Anonymous

      I want Nas and Tech n9ne to do a song. Hopefully this success gets that to happen. Nas/Tech N9ne the best rappers in todays game.

    • 3d

      nobody ruined hip-hop if you dont like it you dont have to listen to it ,i hate one dimensional faggotz like you .so you bump nas when you rolling to the club fuck out of here



    • wow

      Yes, Cudi ruined hiphop, it was Soulja Boy, Hurricane Chris, Wiz Khalifa, D4L, Shawty Lo, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame...no somehow it was Cudi, educate yourself before you talk retard, now go bang your dick into a knife.

  • genocide_cutter

    Props to Tech N9ne

  • Anonymous

    lmao blanks flopping ass

  • Anonymous

    lol...tech n9nes almost beaten tyler the creator already!!!lol

    • Dizzle

      Tyler didn't beat the system. He's signed under XL, an INTERNATIONAL "independent" label (which only means it isn't one of the "big 5") with DEEP financial backing for advertising...it's the same record label that Adele (the #1 this week whose sold millions of both her last two albums) is signed to. Couple that with the fact that he's being managed by a former Interscope exec and had a few national appearances (Fallon, for example) and it's no surprise he sold 55k. Given the "buzz" have expected more. Tech, on the other hand, is half-owner at Strange and has had to spend the last 10 years building everything at his label from the ground up.

    • Anonymous

      I can see why people hate on tech his flows are in tunnel mode. He isn't intricate with the flows as say someone like nas.

    • Anonymous

      your an idiot if you think thats an accomplishment.. Tyler The Creator is new, and put out something independently. Tech Nine has been rapping since 1999 and can only sell 50000? I applaud both of them beating the system but his fans are idiots.

  • khordkutta

    I wunda how much tech9 puts in his pocket after expenses 1-5 dollas per CD sold? Not bad IMO

  • Fish

    Now normally I am the type of person who accepts these figures as real and I staunchly defend them on this site every week. But hold on a fucking minute - are we supposed to believe that there were 2,500 people who bought that Flockaveli shit last week?!?!?! Really?!?!?! its a garbage album from a corny rapper, and we're supposed to believe that 2,500 people bought it 10 months after its release? somethin aint right...



  • haha

    anyone else think its funny tech n9ne sold more albums then lloyd banks? nice job tech.

  • Dub

    I've got a question that's maybe been addressed previously, what constitute the sales figures? Physical album sales, digital album sales, digital single sales, or all all of they above? Thanks.

    • Dizzle

      Anonymous (above) is incorrect. Billboard placement and chart numbers are based on Soundscan, which is a POINT-OF-PURCHASE sales figure. Every CD sold with a barcode is included. RIAA bases their certifications on CDs SHIPPED.

    • Anonymous

      The physical album sales are actually the amount of albums shipped and not actual cd sales. If stores dont sell all albums within a certain period of time they ship them back to the label or order more when they sell out of the stock they first ordered. So album sales can drop months down the road if the number of albums shipped doesnt sell sompletely.

    • ---

      physical album sales and digital album sales. digital single sales are separate, thats why you hear singles that go gold or go platinum.

  • da1

    These weak ass sells. haha

  • Anonymous

    much love to mmg and t9

  • Anonymous

    self made is doin good numbers for a comp album looks like a new movment and wale and pill are both a problem dont sleep on them

  • ...

    it's pretty ridiculous that a shitty ass rapper like Wiz, who put out a shitty ass album can outsell Cudi. His fans even agree that the cd sucked. It just shows you how many dumbasses like bullshit now.

    • industry is a shady hoe em told me that

      he sold out so he could not put the songs he did on his mixtapes let me tell you something that you maybe did not know,when you sell out and sign that contract where you are required to throw up the devils horn and the all seeing eye,they tell u what songs to make and how to dress and what to do with your hair and who to market the music to .see joe budden doesn't have to do that because he chose not to sell out ,but on the other hand slaughterhouse is signed to shady so i expect them to make some gay popish songs too

    • ....

      agreed, i liked Kush and OJ, then his shit hit the mainstream and that's when it started going sour. He's over-saturating the market by being on everything, pretty soon people are going to be sick of his lame ass. He's needs to disappear for a while and come back with good shit, but since he's so successful because of his current stuff, he's not going to go away until fans start realizing that he's going to turn out to be the next Soulja Boy, who was never dope, but still he's going that route. I want to say that he should go back to mixtapes but damn Cabin Fever sucked.

    • Ohree

      That CD was so weak. It's like Joe Budden, maybe Wiz needs to be forgotten so as to force him into making heartfelt content. Otherwise he's basically going to put out music and sound like Avril Lavigne for the next five years. When Joe Budden had 2 go underground his shit turned super dope.

  • Anonymous

    ross stay winning

  • murdermitten

    bad meets evil is dope... never heard shady on those type of beats before best songs are welcome to hell and above the law

  • Eduardo Gutierrez

    No Joell Ortiz, huh? Despite all the attention, internet armies still aren't buying his (piece of shit) second album? I'm surprised.

    • Anonymous

      Give it up, you have been exposed, there must have happened some personal shit between him and you in the past.

  • Rakim

    Wow how does tech sell so much? I dont think any underground rapper sells as much as him

    • Neazy

      Touring. He hits every small club in the country when he goes on tours. If all underground artists worked as hard as him they would be everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    I bet the sales of Hell: The Sequel will be disappointing. Not so much for me, but for other people who are exptecting Royce to sell 500,000.

  • DoRite

    self made is a flop???? i wouldve guessed that they wouldve pushed about 30-50k units.. im surprised they may reach 100k. i dont think thats a flop. ross = great beats, great rhymes, shi++y subject matter 95% of the time...

    • huhuh

      How many did the last G-Unit Album sell? How much would one sell now? Not to start a "whos better" debate, but whos crew would sell more right now. I think 50s might, but MMG had way to many Lex Luger beats. The boy makes a dope beat, but they all sound similar and get monotonous.

  • L-Boogie

    Gotta peep that Tech 9 album, Ross is fuckin wack!


    i gues you call it a flop cause it got ross name on it them numbers are good for that group album if it was a ross solo album yeah weezy got your boy them numbers plus i seen his video on MTV2 wiz singles selling album not to much waka-flop=

  • Anonymous

    Who the fuck bought Rollings Papers and Flockaveli? I swear to God it's fucking pathetic to even listen to those ignorant artists. '' Uh uh... You kno what it is... '' Lol?

  • Steelz

    They MMG is indie..so there numbers are good

  • Anonymous

    lol self made is a flop

    • Anonymous

      you think all that $90 000 in sales goes into MMG pockets? wow you are trippin, ross dont own no label, its just a front, the white dudes in suits be taking all the money, believe that

    • UrBetterJudgement

      mmg is doin fine. that album has no major big name producers, features, or expensive videos. that selfmade album must not have cost anything to make. j cole was probably the most expensive feature and he dont cost much. so all that 90,000 in sales goes right into MMG's pockets. and in addition to that the album is real street hip hop, not some pop/r&b hybrib. The hood doesnt run to the store to buy albums in the first week but they'll have a steady selling album for the next couple months or so and they'll be able to put together a tour with just the MMG members alone. thats no flop in my book.

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