Two major label albums debuted in the Top 10 this week. Meridian, Mississippi's Big K.R.I.T. has won Mixtape Of The Year at HipHopDX for the last two consecutive years. With his first studio album, the Cinematic Music Group/Def Jam Records sensation snagged a Top 5 debut by a margin of less than 2,000 units. His friend and collaborator Curren$y's second Warner Bros. Records release, billed as his first official album, The Stoned Immaculate , was three spots behind. This is Spitta's first Top 10 appearance, in a lengthy career of physical and digital projects, several of which appeared on the Top 200. Both of these albums were available for free stream online prior to release, perhaps hinting to a new promotional method proven successful. Also noteworthy, Tyga gained an impressive 14 spots, while label-mates Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne all lost chart places from the previous week.
Big K.R.I.T. Might Not Be So Underground After All
DXnext alum Big K.R.I.T.'s Live From The Underground sold over 41,000 first-week units. The major label release featuring 8Ball & MJG, Ludacris and Blues icon B.B. King was less than 2,000 units behind Neil Young & Crazy Horse's latest album as well. The breakthrough album from the emcee/producer features 2011 single "Money On The Floor," and solo single "I Got This." The album has pulled critical acclaim from a number of media outlets, including a 4.5 out of 5 at HipHopDX.
Curren$y's Breakthrough Scores A Top 10
After two Def Jam-distributed albums in 2010 and a charting mixtape last year, New Orleans, Louisiana veteran Curren$y has billed The Stoned Immaculate as his official debut. The response showed, giving Spitta not only his first Top 20 appearance, but a coveted Top 10. Now backed by Warner Bros., the release features Rap peers Wiz Khalifa and K.R.I.T., in addition to '90s stars Fiend and Daz Dillinger. Curren$y told DX last month, "I went a lil' further than I usually do," and the fans seemed to have responded.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/10/2012
#5. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 41,000 (41,000)
#8. Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate - 36,000 (36,000)
#22. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 35,000 (522,000)
#42. Drake - Take Care - 8,300 (1,770,000)
#43. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 8,200 (149,000)
#70. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 5,600 (244,000)
#72. Travis Porter - From Day 1 - 5,500 (20,000)
#86. Future - Pluto - 5,000 (102,000)
#106. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 4,200 (1,445,000)
#192. Childish Gambino - Camp - 2,200 (160,000)
* 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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