Two debut releases cracked the charts this week. Decatur, Georgia trio Travis Porter's RCA Records full-length, From Day 1 scored the DXnext alumni a Top 20 debut in a rather slow week for units sold. Meanwhile, Interscope Records' fiesty Azealia Banks and her digital EP, 1991 also snagged a spot in the Top 200. This week's headline hoarder Nicki Minaj also climbed three spots with her sophomore solo, as Diggy came back for an encore appearance on the charts.
Travis Porter's Sales Show Work Ethic From Day 1
Strap, Ali and Quez (together as Travis Porter) and their From Day 1 album very nearly got a Top 15 spot on the charts. The RCA project features contemporaries Mac Miller, Tyga and Mike Posner, along with comeback sensation 2 Chainz. Notable production on the project is courtesy of Diplo and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. The 14 track full-length has been promoted by the large success of single "Bring It Back."
Azealia Banks' EP Is The Latest In Interscope Records' New Wave
Harlem, New York emcee Azealia Banks may have stirred the media buzz with her back-and-forth jabs with label-mate Iggy Azalia, but the 21-year-old's four-track EP was first to market. The work simply called 1991, after Banks' birth year, debuted at #117. Along with Iggy, MGK and Black Hippy, Banks represents a new crop of talent backed by the '90s and early '00s major label kingpin, Interscope.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/3/2012
#13. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 15,000 (508,000)
#16. Travis Porter - From Day 1 - 14,000 (14,000)
#33. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 10,000 (141,000)
#42. Drake - Take Care - 8,700 (1,762,000)
#76. Future - Pluto - 5,400 (97,000)
#84. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 5,100 (238,000)
#100. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 4,100 - (2,148,000)
#117. Azealia Banks - 1991 EP - 3,600 (3,600)
#178. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure - 2,100 (8,700)
#179. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music - 2,100 (10,000)
#199. Diggy - Unexpected Arrival - 1,900 (53,000)
* 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.