There were no new Rap additions to the charts in the last week. Christian Hip Hop Lecrae's late 2010 album Rehab made one of its many cameo appearances in the Top 200 (#181, approaching 150,000 overall units) while 2012's sole release on the charts in the last week was Yo Gotti's major label debut, Live From The Kitchen (#116).
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV Within Striking Distance Of Double Platinum
After scoring a blockbuster, triple-platinum album in 2008's Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne is on the verge of potentially scoring more multi-platinum honors with his latest work. 2011's Tha Carter IV, which features the likes of Nas, Tech N9ne and Andre 3000, may reach 2 million sold domestically by the end of February.
Drake, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Wale, J. Cole All Gain On The Charts
With a lackluster opening six weeks to 2012, a lot of last year's biggest works are climbing. Drake climbed three critical Top 10 spots with Take Care. Young Jeezy gained five spaces with TM103. The aforementioned C4 shot up eight spots. Wale's Ambition scored six spots, while J. Cole's debut album also elevated eight spots.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/8/2012
#6. Drake - Take Care - 30,000 (1,406,000)
#12. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 22,000 (420,000)
#29. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 14,000 (1,981,000)
#20. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 13,000 (1,298,000)
#57. J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story - 7,900 (536,000)
#70. Wale - Ambition - 6,700 (357,000)
#97. Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5'9) - Hell: The Sequel - 4,500 (688,000)
#108. Yelawolf - Radioactive - 4,000 (107,000)
#116. Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen - 3,700 (29,000)
#141. Common - The Dreamer / The Believer - 3,200 (119,000)
* 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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