Three new releases debuted on the charts this week. During the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa sales rush. Young Jeezy released his first solo album in over three years, concluding his Thug Motivation series. Common's Warner Brothers Records debut also debuted on the charts. Meanwhile, Atlanta Rap sensation Roscoe Dash's debut EP sold an astounding 10,000 copies, making a strong showing for Geffen Records.
Young Jeezy'sTM103 Sells Over 200,000 First-Week Units
Atlanta Hip Hop superstar Young Jeezy's third Thug Motivation debuted at #3. Over 230,000 units behind the #1 spot (Michael Buble), Jeezy's fourth studio solo album closed out the Def Jam Records Rap year with appearances by Jay-Z, Devin The Dude and Andre 3000. The album, which suffered delays for nearly two years, features production from Drumma Boy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and longtime affiliate Shawty Redd.
Common's The Dreamer / The Believer Debuts In Top 20
After leaving Geffen Records for Warner Brothers, Common returned with his first album in three years, The Dreamer / The Believer. This work was the first since 2002's Electric Circus without Kanye West's involvement, but rather was a reunion with early musical partner No I.D., who did full production. The album features Nas, along with John Legend and poet Maya Angelou.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/25/2011
#3. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 233,000 (234,000)
#5. Drake - Take Care - 131,000 (1,175,000)
#7. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 99,000 (472,000)
#16. LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking - 74,000 (475,000)
#17. Common - The Dreamer / The Believer - 69,000 (69,000)
#22. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 56,000 (1,882,000)
#76. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - Mac & Devin Go To High School Soundtrack 20,000 (59,000)
#83. The Roots - undun - 18,000 (84,000)
#132. Roscoe Dash - J.U.I.C.E. - 9,500 (9,500)
#140. Childish Gambino - Camp - 8,700 (92,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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