After powerful debut chart appearances as of late from Mac Miller, Wale and Drake albums, Yelawolf battled the Black Friday sales-rush and found different results. Mobb Deep also self-released their first studio release, an EP, in over five years. However, with many stores having sales on CDs and two R&B/Pop princesses releasing, there was a lot going in the holiday week.
Yelawolf's Radioactive Misses A Top 25 Debut
Dxnext alum Yelawolf's studio debut, Radioactive debuted at #27, selling over 40,000 units. The Gasden, Alabama emcee signed to Shady Records in the last year after an Interscope deal had already been announced. Still with Ghet-O-Vision, the release featured Killer Mike, Gangsta Boo and Lil Jon, along with Kid Rock and Eminem.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV Gains 10 Spots Back Into Top 15
It was 2011's best-selling Rap album, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV that really astonished charts last week. The Cash Money/Universal Motown Records release climbed 10 spots in a holiday season to reach #15. The former #1 album better-than-doubled its sales as compared to last week. Wayne's ninth solo album features Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Nas as well as his label-mates and Young Money proteges.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/20/2011
#3. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 198,000 (198,000)
#4. Drake - Take Care - 173,000 (804,000)
#5. Mary J. Blige - My Life II: The Journey Continues 156,000 (156,000)
#15. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 59,000 (1,752,000)
#16. LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking - 56,000 (306,000)
#27. Yelawolf - Radioactive - 41,000 (41,000)
#51. Wale - Ambition - 21,000 (256,000)
#112. Webbie - Savage Life 3 - 9,100 (39,000)
#164. Tech N9ne Collabos - Welcome To Strangeland - 5,100 (38,000)
#189. Mobb Deep - Black Cocaine EP - 4,200 (4,300)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000.
Will Curren$y's independently-released Jet Life Records compilation debut in the Top 50? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.