Three new releases hit the charts this week. Big label debuts from Diggy and MGK were surpassed by a strong independent showing from Odd Future, who's latest album is their biggest to date as a collective. Through the week, Drake's Take Care fell 11 spots, dropping out of the Top 10, as Tech N9ne, Chiddy Bang and WZRD albums held onto the Top 200 of the charts.
Odd Future's OF Tape, Vol. 2 Cracks The Top 5 Of The Charts
The third nationally-distributed Odd Future-related release was a Top 5 debut. Odd Future's follow-up to to 12 Odd Future Songs tied Tyler, The Creator's Goblin for a #5 debut. Put out on Odd Future's imprint (distributed by Sony Red), the work featured a song from recently-released Earl Sweatshirt, along with Tyler, Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Hodgy Beats and Taco. OF2 sold 40,000 first-week units for the group-backed label.
Diggy Simmons, Machine Gun Kelly Debut Albums Hit The Charts
Two newer artists made their retail debuts. Bad Boy Records' Machine Gun Kelly (as MGK) barely missed the Top 40 with his Half Naked & Almost Famous. The EP-sized effort from the DXnext alum features Waka Flocka Flame and longtime label-mate Cassie. At Atlantic Records, Diggy Simmons (as Diggy) released Unexpected Arrival. Nearly a Top 10 release, the work debuted at #12, featuring Jadakiss and R&B singer, Tank. The heir to the Hip Hop mogul Simmons family, Diggy is son of Run-DMC co-founder Rev Run.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/25/2012
#5. Odd Future - OF Tape, Vol. 2 - 40,000 (40,000)
#12. Diggy - Unexpected Arrival - 21,000 (21,000)
#16. Drake - Take Care - 18,000 (1,636,000)
#18. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 16,000 (157,000)
#28. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 12,000 (533,000)
#34. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 9,900 (1,393,000)
#42. MGK - Half Naked & Almost Famous - 8,500 (8,500)
#48. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 7,900 (2,093,000)
#111. Tech N9ne - Klusterfuk EP - 3,300 (20,000)
#117. WZRD (Kid Cudu & Dot Da Genius) - WZRD - 3,100 (84,000)
* 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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