There were two additions to the charts this week. Ab-Soul is the second Black Hippy member and Top Dawg Entertainment artist to crack the charts with a half-week digital release, following Schoolboy Q's January effort, Habits & Contradictions. Meanwhile, Pitbull's old home, TVT/The Orchard, hit the charts with a compilation of the Florida rapper's early '00s hits and feature work.
Ab-Soul Sells 5,000-Plus Units Digitally
Veteran TDE artist Ab-Soul sold approximately 5,300 units in an abbreviated week. On Friday, the Carson, California emcee released his fourth album, #ControlSystem. Now with Interscope Records backing, the veteran emcee who has toured and worked extensively with Murs worked with Black Hippy, BJ The Chicago Kid, and various other frequent collaborators on the acclaimed project. This is the follow-up to 2011's Longterm Mentality.
B.o.B.'s Strange Clouds Crosses The 100,000 Unit Mark
Following the gold-certified success of 2010's debut album, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, Decatur, Georgia's B.o.B. has already hit six-figures sales marks with Strange Clouds. The May album which has been garnering mixed reviews in the media, mixes between Pop and Hip Hop, with appearances from Taylor Swift and Chris Brown, as well as T.I. and Playboy Tre.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/13/2012
#12. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 25,000 (101,000)
#20. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 18,000 (454,000)
#35. Drake - Take Care - 11,000 (1,734,000)
#46. Future - Pluto - 8,700 (79,000)
#49. Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe - 8,000 (26,000)
#67. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 6,700 (221,000)
#86. Ab-Soul - #ControlSystem - 5,300 (5,300)
#118. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 3,800 (1,429,000)
#119. Pitbull - Original Hits - 3,700 (3,800)
#156. Trip Lee - The Good Life - 2,700 - (31,000)
* 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.
Will Killer Mike's R.A.P. album win out, or Krizz Kaliko's Kickin' & Screamin' in a lyrical late Spring week ahead? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.