Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/15/2012

Yo Gotti's major label debut nearly cracks the Top 10, while Schoolboy Q does it again, on his own terms. Common may have hit the headlines in a major way last week, and sales suggest a small spike.

Two new Hip Hop releases debuted on the charts this past week. One was from an artist who has succeeded in the independent/underground grind for over a year. The other is the epitome of underground success right now, and achieving commercial recognition through digital-only release. Both works feature an array of high-profile artists, and are driving conversation online.

Yo Gotti's Live From The Kitchen Nearly Gets A Top 10 Debut

Veteran Memphis, Tennessee emcee Yo Gotti's major label debut Live From The Kitchen nearly cracked the Top 10, with a #12 debut. The Polo Grounds/RCA Records release finds Gotti after a tenure a decade ago with TVT Records. His new release includes contributions from Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa and one of the artists who he helped premier at a mainstream level, Nicki Minaj. Gotti sold over 15,000 first-week units in a quiet January.

Schoolboy Q's Habits & Contradictions Hits The Charts In Two Days

Black Hippy emcee Schoolboy Q's second digital release Habits & Contradictions released Saturday, January 14. With only two days at retail the Top Dawg Entertainment release scanned nearly 4,000 units to crack the Top 100 - without any marketing or advertising. This is the second time Q has done this, after last year's Setbacks accomplished a similar a feat almost a year to the day from January 14. Habits & Contradictions features involvement from The Alchemist, ASAP Rocky and Curren$y, in addition to appearances from Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/8/2012

#4. Drake - Take Care - 32,000 (1,321,000)

#6. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 24,000 (361,000)

#7. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 22,000 (563,000)

#11. LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking - 16,000 (566,000)

#12. Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen - 16,000 (16,000)

#25. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 13,000 (1,261,000)

#28. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 12,000 (1,947,000)

#37. Common - The Dreamer / The Believer - 8,500 (106,000)

#57. Wale - Ambition - 6,100 (339,000)

#98. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions- 3,900 (3,900)

* 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.

Can both new additions sustain on the charts for at least another week? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

Last Week's Charts.

109 Comments

  • Just thought about somethin

    wale is selling that much off one single flower bomb Ross artist sales is up there wit jeezy??

  • JLIEN

    LIL WAYNE STOP BUYING ALL YOUR CD'S....LET IT GO.....TRYING 2 BEAT THE RECORDS, WE KNOW U BUYING THEM YOSELF...NOBODY IN THE CITY BOUGHT A WAYNE CD........STOP

  • Anonymous

    Interesting how Jay Z is promoting his own album instead of J Coles. Lil Wayne stopped promoting his album once Drake's album came out. That's what a true C.E.O. does for his artist. Jay Z is self centered prick.

  • Anonymous

    I really didn't think Lil Wayne would have another multi platinum album, because all of the hate. Congratulations to the love that beat the stupid hate!

  • mrnoluv

    I love when cats come on here and say "ALBUM SALES DON'T MEAN SHIT", lol. Last time I looked Ready To Die Sold, All Eyez On Me Sold, Nation of Millions sold, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted Sold, License to Ill...Fools, the best albums of all time...guess what 99% of them SOLD! So don't give me that shit that Rick Ross or your favorite rapper that everyone else could care less about, but you love, is so great...because guess what if he was so great, if he did make a CLASSIC, I don't care what type of economy we are in, HE WILL SELL. Em sold over 4 million copies and his album came out at the PEAK OF THE GREAT RECESSION! Don't give me that album sales ain't shit, maybe the artist you like ain't shit! Ever think about that? By the way Rick Ross sucks! I can prove it, go up to anyone on the street, ask him if he even rates in the top 30,40,50 greatest rappers of all time! If you don't, guess what you are just another nigga with a mic. Just because you have an album out doesn't make you great! There are plenty of niggas on the court, but not too may are MJ's, kobe's or Magic!

  • David Bunz

    LMFAO isn't hip-hop, Rihanna isn't hip-hop, and HipHopDX commonly places The Black Eyed Peas and other similar artists, who are clearly pop/dance, on it's weekly sales list also. I like DX, but they shit on their own credibility

  • kevin s.

    yeah, you're guaranteed to go platinum on YM because they'll buy your first 750K. their number BEEN cooked! but nobody is speaking on that. cause Carter 4 was GARBAGE and so was singin ass Take Care. Theres no way they did those first week numbers w/o Baby's help.

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  • Rollo

    Common fake beef couldn't even push his sales. Kinda sad really.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, lil lonnie/common tried to use beef to sale some records and get a sold out tour. lol...he couldn't get neither though.

    • @sad guy

      ^^^ yea ur right ^^^ deeper than rap was Rick Ross best album and it didn't reach gold that's crazy

    • what's sad is

      motherfuckers like you who care abouit sales. It's destiny now, if you're not Eminem, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye, or Drake you'll have a tough time hitting Gold. aint nobody give a fuck anyways, how is it sad? What's sad is you gotta go Gold to get any respect, just listen to the fucking music. some of the best hip hop albums ever haven't sold

    • NICOLAS

      You ain't Wetting nobody Nigga U Canada Dry

  • Anonymous

    um LMFAO is NOT hiphop and damn common flopped

    • bkkeeper

      Well flop would imply that the album was expected to sell big. Common has never been a big seller, he says too much in his music for the casual buying customer to support(and by casual buying customer i mean white people with no ties to black culture) Im sure common sold more records to black folk than LMFAO did, and we all know who dictates whats cool in the mainstream. look at justin beiber, even he wants to rap now and in cyphers at that.

    • Buddy

      Flopping like a fish on hot concrete.

  • Anonymous

    SWIZZ BEATS KILLED HIPHOP

  • Shout out..

    Shout out to Wale doing solid numbers....Maybach Music i wonder if Jeezy will crack GOLD album was solid but people still living off TM101 days.

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  • RONDONSLONG

    BEST VERSE EVER --->>>>>>>>>> http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.18610/title.shyne-tha-carter-iv-outro-unreleased-verse

  • it's ya boi yo gotti

    REAL NIGGAS DO REAL THINGS YO GOTTI IS A REAL NIGGA FUCK YOU FAGS BELOW

  • ItsTheTruth

    'Bottoms Up' 2.28

  • Drake

    Yeah, uh, I say...Yall nigggggaaas ainnnt fuuuuucking with meeeeeee....Heee heee, soooo weeee beee doo. Im sooooo sooo proud of you. XOXO.

  • Anonymous

    dam wwayne sold more gay-z and knye bitch

    • rede

      The way your period came on, you acting like you a Gay Z fan. All them cats you named aint hip hop those are rappers. The name hip hop artist is reserved for the bustas that don't sell.

    • Anonymous

      Who cares everyone knows Birdman buys his own records and YMCMB are a disgrace to hip-hop. Fuck Lil Wayne i'm not a huge fan of Kanye West though I think he's a dope producer and I'm not a fan of Jay-Z besides his first album which is a all time classic but who you calling bitch and gay YMCMB have given the word wack and gay a whole new meaning and are a disgrace to hip-hop along with Soulja Boy, Gucci, Ross etc.

  • RAYZIN

    Shady picked the wrong week/month/year for Yelawolf. That that 40k+ coult have been a number 1 debute

  • YESSIR

    SWAG I GET PAID TO SUCK YM DICK AND TROLL HERE GAY, ANAL, PUSSY SHIT IS THE NEW HIP HOP AND YMCMB IS BRINGING IT SWAG 5 WORDS: I SUCK YM DICK

  • So Icy Boi!

    DID I NOT TELL YOU GUYS DON'T TAKE MY POSTS SERIOUSLY I GET PAID TO SUCK YM DICK GOTTA KEEP THERE NAME OUT THERE I'M POSTING AS YESSIR, SO ICY BOI ALL THESE OF US WHO LOVE SUCK YMCMB DICK YEAH THATS RIGHT YMCMB TAKING OVER WE BRINGING THE PUSSY SHIT BACK FUCK COMMON'S CONSCIOUS RAP ALL THAT DICK SUCKING, ANAL, PUSSY EATING SHIT IS BEING BROUGHT BY YMCMB I'M YOUNG MONEY'S SEX SLAVE I BLOW LIL WAYNE WHILE HE EATS OUT DRAKE WHILE NICKI MANAJ FUCKS THEM THEN THEY CUM OVER ALL MY FACE. FUCK THE REAL HIP HOP CONSCIOUS SHIT PUSSY SHIT 4 LIFE YMCMB BRINGING GAYNESS TO HIP HOP YESTURDAY NICKI MINAJ FUCKED ME WITH A STRAP ON THEN SHE CUMMED ALL OVER AND THEN ATE DRAKES PUSSY 5 WORDS: I SUCK YM DICK

    • Ichigo

      stfu dumbass you sound retarded lol YMCMB is not taking over why doesn't your faggot rapper lil wayne say he's the best rapper alive ever since Eminem came back in the game? I smell a scary bitch and that is lil wayne he has nothing on Eminem Em will eat this faggot bitch alive Shady records shits all ove YMCMB sumbass why sont you do your homework and stop looking dumb on the web it's people like you is the reason why hip hop is dead just stfu and kill yourself

  • Anonymous

    Wow Drake, Im so, im so, im so,im so proud of you.

  • Anonymous

    yo gotti sucks, dis nigga goin double wood.

  • Anonymous

    Wale got 2 #1 singles off of this album an Jeezy who just got a spot on the charts bcuz of Jay-z has passed him in sales. I guess the vets can still hold they own without being all over the radio........................... CHECK OUT THE NEW SINGLE http://soundcloud.com/inevitable-success/sets/taste-of-success/

  • Kayleigh

    I fucked Yo Gotti last night. His cock is really huge and he came all over my face. Hope he calls me for another date.

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  • Nico 3

    RIP Common's music career. Drake will make sure your tombstone reads "jealous bitch" on it.

  • Paco

    Damn sales are horrible these days.

  • Anonymous

    sales get worse every week. 16k and you're rockin 12th? thats just sad for music all around.

  • Anonymous

    yo gotti tight n all but damm dem #'s n all the promo n them videos he dropped

  • Anonymous

    Commons album was too dope

    • YESSIR

      YEAH THATS RIGHT YMCMB TAKING OVER WE BRINGING THE PUSSY SHIT BACK FUCK COMMON'S CONSCIOUS RAP ALL THAT DICK SUCKING, ANAL, PUSSY EATING SHIT IS BEING BROUGHT BY YMCMB I'M YOUNG MONEY'S SEX SLAVE I BLOW LIL WAYNE WHILE HE EATS OUT DRAKE WHILE NICKI MANAJ FUCKS THEM THEN THEY CUM OVER ALL MY FACE. FUCK THE REAL HIP HOP CONSCIOUS SHIT PUSSY SHIT 4 LIFE YMCMB BRINGING GAYNESS TO HIP HOP 5 WORDS: I SUCK YM DICK

    • YESSIR

      IF IT WAS SO DOPE WHY NOBODY BOUGHT THAT BITCH AND HE ABOUT TO GET DROPPED AGAIN?

  • GRBY

    'the throne is for the taking' - Drizzy Drake took it. Drake - Take Care (1,321,000) Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV (1,947,000) >>>>>>>> Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne (1,261,000) Common - The Dreamer / The Believer (106,000)

  • So Icy Boi!

    Drake sold mo albums den Common. he sold 10 times mo. 10 times!!!!! Lil Wayne outsold Jay & Kayne combined. he a legend. swag Lil Wayne sold mo album den 2Pac & Eminem. Tha Carter III was da best sellin hip hop album of da last decade. swag

    • poop

      Waynes last two albums rebirth and not a humnan being only went gold.

    • law school randi

      People keep throwing out these numbers while ignoring the fact that all those HUGE sales numbers happened ten years ago. You know, when it was WAY easier to sell albums. I'm not trying to take anything away from those artists, but you also have to keep it in perspective, nobody is doing those numbers in this illegal downloading era. Like that Recovery album that still has songs on the radio. If it was released around that time, it would be diamond, but it has only sold a little over 4 million in this era.

    • So Icy Boi!

      DID I NOT TELL YOU GUYS DON'T TAKE MY POSTS SERIOUSLY I GET PAID TO SUCK YM DICK GOTTA KEEP THERE NAME OUT THERE I'M POSTING AS YESSIR, SO ICY BOI ALL THESE OF US WHO LOVE SUCK YMCMB DICK YEAH THATS RIGHT YMCMB TAKING OVER WE BRINGING THE PUSSY SHIT BACK FUCK COMMON'S CONSCIOUS RAP ALL THAT DICK SUCKING, ANAL, PUSSY EATING SHIT IS BEING BROUGHT BY YMCMB I'M YOUNG MONEY'S SEX SLAVE I BLOW LIL WAYNE WHILE HE EATS OUT DRAKE WHILE NICKI MANAJ FUCKS THEM THEN THEY CUM OVER ALL MY FACE. FUCK THE REAL HIP HOP CONSCIOUS SHIT PUSSY SHIT 4 LIFE YMCMB BRINGING GAYNESS TO HIP HOP 5 WORDS: I SUCK YM DICK

    • Anonymous

      umm dude Lil Wayne 13.5 million records from all his albums. Drake 3.5 million records. Eminem Sold 40 million in the US Fifty sold 25 million in the US Ludacris sold 17.5 million in the US DMX sold 28 million in the US 2pac has sold 35 million in the US Dr Dre has sold 18 million in the US Jay-Z has sold 20 mill in the US Nas has sold 19 million in the US Kanye has sold 14 million in the US Nelly has sold 25 million in the US Biggie has sold 28 million in the US

    • Anonymous

      ^ The SSLP is like 4x platinum, not diamond, unless you are counting worldwide sales instead of just USA.

    • HAGE

      @ anonymous number 2 ,, eminem has 3x diamond - the eminem show , marshall mathers and the slim shady albums

    • Trez

      Are you drunk?? Em sold 1.7 million IN THE FIRST WEEK. . . He still holds the record, nobody in YMCMB has even come close. Carter IV my ass

    • Anonymous

      Lol more than eminem? haha eminem has 2 diamond albums wayne has 0 haha 6 LETTERS: FYMCMB

    • Anonymous

      Lol @soicyboi im sure he sold more than eminem hahaha wat a dumbass you are lol

  • Anonymous

    you cant look at sales and say who flopped unless you know the budget to begin with.if you produced your album or got beats for free and the producers dont want any money just album credit you win already.

  • Anonymous

    oh shit i thought wale was going gold

  • COsign

    Damn Gotti...the mixtape was better!

  • COsign

    Common lost, that canada dry lyric was wack and dont make sense. everybody knows drake is a moist mutherfucka!

  • Shutttaman

    Common lol fukkin loser old ass nigga HE WENT DOUBLE PLASTICCCCCC HE WAS NEVER HOT BACK IN THE DAY, NEVER WENT PLAT, SO WHY WHOULD HE THINK IT WOULD CHANGE NOW FUKIN BUM ASS NIGGA TAKE CARE NIGGA!

  • COsign

    I hate drake his album take care induced my girls menstral cycle...ugggg! now I cant fuck for a week!

  • COsign

    Who is still buying the carter and take care?

  • Anonymous

    Sales is sales my ass. Yessir your an idiot. That's all you like is people who sell. Than you must be a beiber fan too huh? Let me tell ymcmb=the next no limit. Yea p had his shit going for a while now where is he?

    • Anonymous

      sitting in a mansion wit over 600 million dollars. master p is awful, and i hate ymcmb as of late but you can't say where is p now cause i'm pretty sure he's jus fine so will all these jackasses topping the charts in 10 years

  • Anonymous

    someone get this " yessir " fool out of here .

  • Anonymous

    how the fuck rihanna and lmfao are HIP HOP? can you explain me that hhdx? and this dude sayin ymcmb keep wining , your one ignorant dude

  • JO MAMA

    so YMCMB bought 44k of their own records this week...nice tax write off.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Drake - Take Care (1,321,000) Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV (1,947,000) >>>>>>>> Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne (1,261,000) Common - The Dreamer / The Believer (106,000) YMCMB stay winnin. Lil Wayne & Drake outsold Gay-Z, Gayne West & Gaymon. YMCMB we on fire! swag

    • Trez

      Jay-z: never released an album that didn't go platinum and Lil Wayne's Hero, worth half a mill Kanye: Produces tracks for everybody in the industry and has never gone anything under platinum Common: the hip-hop elite, made his fortune by releasing poetry and not bullshit quick dollar raps. . . If you dont understand their lyrics then find but I don't think calling them gay will bring down their reps any

    • Anonymous

      it ironic that a wayne fan is calling jay-z gay do we really need to list all the homo things wayne does? wayne is the closet thing there is to a gay rapper

  • Anonymous

    Drake - Take Care (1,321,000) Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV (1,947,000) >>>>>>>> Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne (1,261,000) Common - The Dreamer / The Believer (106,000) YMCMB stay winnin. Lil Wayne & Drake outsold Gay-Z, Gayne West & Gaymon. YMCMB we on fire! swag

  • 50 Cent killed hiphop

    50 Cent set a lot of bad trends in hiphop. Suddenly Drake is better then Common because he sells more? Jay is better then Nas because he has more money? This shit is stupid as fuck...and Curtis Jackson is to blame. I don't remember people saying any of this bullshit until he started saying it...Now he's quiet and humble because his ass isn't selling anything....Stop buying into this bullshit. Sales and money do not determine the quality of an artist.

    • Anonymous

      the fuck you put 50 name on this post?from u`re comms i take that he is thrash because sold more than ja, joe, game, wayne, and a few others.Step yo game up, 50 is a hip hop icon, he reinvented the mixtape game.Even if he doesn`t sell that much anymore now you will be surprised to know that the real street follow him FUCK SWAG

    • Anonymous

      jay-z talk album sales.nas tried to get on that floss shit.but it just didnt work for him.shorty you owe me hhaa cmon nas.rappers always bragged about jewelry and money since the sugarhill days maybe you just to young.but to dedicate your post to 50 is plain stupid when you got guys like birdman telling you how iced out he is and how he gonna buy a 8million dollar car.50 talk sales because thats what the record companys want when you on a major.remember when nas couldnt find a deal?and that was after the jay-z beef.record companies dont care about skills or the fans emotions this is a business its all about numbers.

    • Anonymous

      why you got 50 cock in your mouth

    • Anonymous

      I dont get how you can even compare Jay to Nas. Nas is miles ahead of Jay-Z is turns of rhyming. Compare Nas to Ghostface or AZ or someone, not Jay. Jay isn't nowhere near that level.

    • hals

      jay is better than nas period!

    • Anonymous

      blame it on 50, wah wah wah call the wahmbulance

  • Anonymous

    MY NIGGA DIRZZY GOT MORE SALES THEN THEM BITCH NIGGAS THAT MADE WATCH THE THRONE I KNOW JAY GOT TO BE SALTY "MEN LIE WOMEN LE NUMBERS DONT" THATS WHAT JAY SAID RIGHT? have you seen the people who listen to drake and lil wayne ???????? lil kids and females

    • YESSIR

      SALES MEAN EVERYTHING IF IT SELLS IT MEANS MY BOSS BIRDMAN IS BUYING ALL OF HIS OWN ARTISTS RECORDS BESIDES DRAKE WHO HAS LILTTLE GROUPIES BUYING HIS SHIT THIS IS THE REAL SHIT DRESSING IN GAY JEANS AND SELLING IS THE NEW ERA THE NEW PUSSY SHIT YMCMB SWAG 5 WORDS: I SUCK YM DICK

    • YESSIR

      SALE IS SALES NIGGA IF THEY MONEY RIGHT WHO CARES NIGGA

  • Anonymous

    why do they always put LMFAO on the list while leaving out lot of hip-hop albums????

  • YESSIR

    MY NIGGA DIRZZY GOT MORE SALES THEN THEM BITCH NIGGAS THAT MADE WATCH THE THRONE I KNOW JAY GOT TO BE SALTY "MEN LIE WOMEN LE NUMBERS DONT" THATS WHAT JAY SAID RIGHT?

  • YESSIR

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DRAKE 32,000 COMMON 8500 DRAKE BEEN OUT WAY WAY WAY LONGER THAN COMMON COMMON TALKED ALL THAT SHIT NOW HE ABOUT TO GET DROPPED BY HIS LABEL. HE GOT DROPPED LAST TIME WHEN HE MADE THAT TECHNO ALBUM IS CAREER IS FINISHED. WAYNE HITTING 2 MIL SOON 5 LETTERS YMCMB

    • THATBOi SCRAPP

      IF GOTTI GO COMM3RCIAL AN S3LLOUT, WATCH HOW FAST H3 GON B3COM3 A MAINSTR3AM STAR.....BUT MY GUY PLAYIN IT SMART DO3.....IND3P3D3NT IZ DA WAY 2 GO...3SP3CIALLY IN THAT CORRUPT AZZ INDUSTRY!!!!! FAK3 AZZ RAPP3RZ

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