With no new releases charting, the last week was defined by critical gains from 2011 releases and a few departures from last week. Too Short and Ja Rule both left the Top 200, while Maino hung on in the final three places. The most exciting news came out the Young Money camp, who watched some powerful gains and very nearly three Top 10 placements.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV Climbs Back Into The Top 10
Lil Wayne's 2011 album, Tha Carter IV, made a giant leap in the last week. After 28 weeks on the chart the YMCMB release skyrocketed back into the Top 10, at #7 - climbing 21 overall spots. A double-platinum effort already, the last studio album from Lil Weezy joined Young Money band-mates Drake and Tyga, who all appeared within six spots of each other. C4 features appearances by Nas, Andre 3000 and Tech N9ne.
Young Jeezy Crosses The 500,000 Mark
Young Jeezy's fourth solo album, TM103 (Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition) passed the 500,000 sales benchmark. The 2011 Def Jam/CTE Records release was announced gold months ago, but just now hit the mark domestically. Jeezy's latest effort features Jay-Z, Trick Daddy and Andre 3000.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/11/2012
#6. Drake - Take Care - 58,000 (1,583,000)
#7. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 36,000 (2,074,000)
#12. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 22,000 (121,000)
#20. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 14,000 (507,000)
#28. WZRD (Kid Cudu & Dot Da Genius) - WZRD - 10,000 (76,000)
#30. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 10,000 (1,374,000)
#84. Wale - Ambition - 5,200 (398,000)
#101. Chiddy Bang - Breakfast - 4,300 (46,000)
#197. Maino - Day After Tomorrow - 2,200 (8,500)
* 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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