Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/15/2012

Frank Ocean sells over a 130,000 first-week units, but misses the #1 spot. Aesop Rock scores a Top 20 debut and the most weekly sales of his career with "Skelethon." B.o.B. falls 61 spots from last week.

Although he was over 100,000 units shy of Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean delivered a powerful shot to the charts with Channel Orange. The Def Jam release garnered a #2 debut, selling over 130,000 digital copies in its first week available. As Frank debuted at retail, Aesop Rock made a gallant return. The former Weathermen/Def Jukie's first solo album with Rhymesayers Entertainment scored a Top 20 appearance. The lyrical emcee sold an impressive 14,000 copies independently, met with some critical praise. Meanwhile, after a strong surge in last week's numbers, B.o.B.'s sophomore Strange Clouds fell 61 places the following week, now at #87.

Channel Orange Takes Over The Week

Frank Ocean has dominated the Pop/Hip Hop news cycle for nearly all of July. The Odd Future affiliate released a letter on July 4 explaining his sexuality and confirming past experiences with men. Less than a week following, Ocean's retail debut Channel Orange was released to free stream, and then made purchasable digitally. Now with a #2 debut, the Def Jam album led all releases, save for Zac Brown's. Channel Orange features appearances by Outkast's Andre 3000 and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt, along with production work by Pharrell Williams. The release was largely self-produced by Ocean and James Ho (a/k/a Malay).

Aesop Rock Wins Again 

As A$AP Rocky has become the talk of Hip Hop in the last year, Aesop Rock reclaimed his space in Hip Hop. Now a Rhymesayer, the Long Island, New York native released his sixth solo album, Skelethon last week. Aesop's first solo release since 2007's None Shall Pass, this effort was largely made alone, with one vocal guest and self-production. During his hiatus from solo material, Aesop released his group project, Hail Mary Mallon's Are You Gonna Eat That? last year, along with Felt's third album, Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez, further expanded his production chops. This release not only marks Aesop's highest charting position of his career in the Top 200, but also the most first-week units recorded by Nielsen, edging out None Shall Pass. Skelethon was also made for free stream earlier this week.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/15/2012

#2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange - 131,000 (131,000)

#4. Chris Brown - Fortune - 45,000 (180,000)

#13. Maybach Music Group Presents... - Self Made, Volume 2 - 21,000 (154,000)

#20. Aesop Rock - Skelethon - 14,000 (14,000)

#23. Flo Rida - Wild Ones - 13,000 (44,000)

#40. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 9,600 (578,000)

#54. Drake - Take Care - 7,000 (1,817,000)

#84. Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family - 4,900 (67,000)

#87. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 4,800 (196,000)

 

 

#138. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 2,900 (74,000)

 

 

 

* 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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Last Week's Album Sales

92 Comments

  • bizzalls

    Damn, Aesop!! 14 thousand first week??? How?? I can't understand that at all. That's a shitload for an indy artist. El-P only sold like 6 thousand first week, wtf. I didn't know Aesop had that many fans, that's impressive.

  • imTravi

    According to HitsDailyDouble (which is pretty reliable), Nas might take the #1 spot next week but will sell 115K-125K http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/newsPage.cgi?news09053m01

  • NASSHOLE

    wheres Nas? he's not even on Billboard? LMAO THATS WHAT I EXPECTED.

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • FURYAN

    NAS GONNA KILL EVERYTHING YOU YM FAGS ALWAYS MOUNING ABOUT DUMB ASS ALBUM SALES. NAS GONNA FUCK EVERYTHING UP

  • Anonymous

    NAS GONNA GO TRIPPLE PLATINUM IN ONE WEEK THATS WHAT REPORTS ARE.

  • realknowsreal

    Whether his preferences are, he's a talented artist whose gamble on releasing a free mixtape paid off big time. Don't hate on talent, I rather listen to a bisexual artist that is actually good rather than a no talent artist that's straight.

  • Anonymous

    "I don't move in the past" Or get laid in the present.

  • Anonymous

    "only pushed 40,000 total" For a 10 track album that's pretty good.

  • Really??

    I love Porn, I am sure most porn dudes are gay, ok, but I would not watch porn of an openly gay porn actor even if it is an straight scene....

  • Anonymous

    Flo rida's album may have flopped but his singles have already crossed 8 mill worldwide so him & his label are still making bank

  • Anonymous

    i cant wait for ross 2 drop his album next week

  • Anonymous

    "the comments on this site really reflect what a joke hip hop and its fans have become" ^ to be more accurate, the comments here show the mentality of certain people who represent the new generation. There are plenty of Hip Hop fans who do not comment on this site.

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • slick

    nicki was supposed to do 578k the 1st week

  • Anonymous

    where Curren$y at? last time I checked he was just behind K.R.I.T. Niggas need to buy that shit. It's great.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah continue to buy albums of generic no talent weed rappers with nothing to say instead of real MCs!!!!!

  • whatever

    Damn Curren$y ain't even on the radar anymore. Especially from a business standpoint, Shante shoulda made it work with young money

  • Anonymous

    Frank Ocean won't last. While his personal life is his own choice, in the long run, people won't support his shit. Honestly, he should have kept quiet or awhile, cause now more people will judge him based on his lifestyle than his music, and while that's not fair, that's just the way the world works. You have to get a certain amount of power within the industry first, then drop a bomb shell.

  • Anonymous

    "Sales mean nothing" Tell that to Jay, Wayne, Eminem, Nas, 50, Kanye, and anyone else who has ever sold millions just so some internet geek can come to a site and say some silly shit about numbers not mattering.

  • Really??

    What a mo...frank could of sold double that amount if he kept quiet. We all know every R&b male singer is on the DL we just dont need to really know.

  • R.Pgh

    Eric B & Rakim's 'Paid in Full' album took 8 years to go platinum. At a time when you couldn't download albums for free off the internet. It's listed as 227 of the top 500 greatest albums of all time (any type of music), and regarded as a top 5 hip hop album of all time by most hip hop critics. Point being one of the greatest albums, ever, struggled to sell units. Sales mean nothing.

    • IDK

      True that. Nas' "Illmatic" went platinum in 2001, seven years after it was released, despite being seen as a hip hop classic.

  • Anonymous

    I actually smiled at how Flo Rida's album only pushed 40,000 total

    • Anonymous

      Yea but album sells dont equate to his success. His singles go plat and not to mention his shows are sold out ever time. He is winning!!! Now smile at that

  • Anonymous

    131k oh fuck who saw that coming. odd future is STILL on the fucking rise

  • Gator Beast Mode

    I bump Drake in all 3 of my rides and at the crib. The young boy had a solid album. I have never listened to his previous albums, because I don't move in the past. I'm waiting on his next album, Carter 5, God 4gives I Don't and maybe Nas.

  • Anonymous

    Nicki Minaj got exactly what she deserved for making fun of the church at the Grammy Awards. You can't mock the Catholic Church and get away with that.

  • Bokwane

    131,000 homosexuals. Smh. DEATH TO ALL GAYS and I am not trolling. I am from Africa and no gay would dare come out here and say he is one. Ask my other African brothaz, they know wassup.

  • Anonymous

    props to Frank Ocean for moving almost as many as Chris Brown. We all kno who's fanbase is way stronger but Chris Brwon's new music has been too poppish.

  • Anonymous

    i bought that big krit album on vinyl

  • rantMASTER

    everyone and their mommas are experts nowadays. everybody is a critic now, walking around like you know everything about the industry or the genre even. lmao @ the breakdowns about album sales; who's real who's fake etc. y'all are pathetic. if you were so knowledgeable then get an editorial job. either buy the albums or stfu. nobody wants to hear your tinpot philosophies! your favourite rapper flopped? damn shame. maybe he/she would have done better if they actually had skills or if yall Socrates ass motherfuckers actually BOUGHT THE ALBUMS instead of hulksharing their shit. Hip-Hop fans are pathetic..by far the worst fans of any genre, period!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you.. the comments on this site really reflect what a joke hip hop and its fans have become. Its almost. Its almost sad really.. they all just look like a bunch of retards.

    • Anonymous

      you mean "hear"?

    • rantMASTER

      And who cares about sales? if the shit is great then it's great. be grateful it even came out for yall to her, you ungrateful bastards..no wonder why your genre is dead. yall don't even support it

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    i brought BIG KRIT LFTUG KILLER MIKE RAP MUSIC CURRENST SI dont sleep on that killer mike its the opposite of that sucker shit they play on tv

  • M

    If nas' album dropped the same day of frank oceans why didn't nas make the list or w.e

  • beatsondeck85

    dx stop it with the frank ocean is hip hop shit. if hes hip hop then so is usher. atlease chris brown actually raps. damn are yall that thirsty for people to come to your site. you keep associating that nigga with hip hop and its makin hip hop look like it accepts that gay shit with open arms. i love frank oceans music but i can tell you that its not hip hop. this has nothing to do with with me not liking gay shit but it has everything to do with it seeming like you guys are reaching for attention at the expense of what this sites really supposed to be about.hip hop.

  • KadafiThaDon

    The term "flop" is used way to loosely on this site. The music industry as a whole, across all genres, has a 95% failure rate. Only 5% of commercial releases ever reach gold status. With a million units of Roman Reloaded shipped in the US at somewhere between 3-$6 wholesale, where exactly is the flop? If she had a 2-$3millon budget which is quite high they've(Cash Money)already recouped and made a profit and will continue to do so as the album is still selling. They take a cut from show money, features, etc... Trust and believe when I tell you I'm no Minaj fan. Well at least not of her music. I used her as an example because people seem to think she's "flopped". I think you pple already know this and are just hating, or maybe you didn't. Either way she's far from a flop. Big Krit & Curren$y= flop. & those are the homies i fuks wit em

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aabtAcd50RM

  • Cosmo

    I heard Prodigy sold 100,000 second week units.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Frank Ocean flopped. gay people keep loosin. lmao.... YMCMB on top, Zac Brown Band gonna sign to YMCMB. swag

    • I Raped So icys Mom

      dude shut up before i rape your sister again and get her knocked up

    • So Icy Boi Is A Fag

      Aint that the pot calling the kettle black. Youre gay as fuck,So Icy Boi. You are constantly all over Weezy and Drake's nuts that they've impregnated your teeth.GTFOH.

    • goodmusic

      go down south with the other homophobic rednecks, you know what they say about people who hate gays, they really on the down low themselves. so open the mind up buddy, your closet door is opening ever so slowly

    • Anonymous

      he woulda did half that if he didnt come out with the IM GAY promotional stunt he doubled his numbers.. frank ocean the faggot lounge singer that gay boys listen to

    • goodmusic

      yes, a flop is someone selling over 100,000 units with digital sales alone, with no top singles or pop hits, and still making #2. So icy, go back to elementary school, sounds like you need a refresher course on life. oh, your precious Nicki Minaj hasnt even come close to platinum, think about that

    • Anonymous

      those were only the digital sales you dumbass

  • DK

    YMCMB STILL COMPETING WITH OLD ALBUMS...THEY ARE JUST UNSTOPPABLE, THEY GOT THIS HIPHOP GAME BY THE CLIT..YMCMB HIPHOP SAVIOR

  • Anonymous

    his publicity stunt worked...

  • Anonymous

    frank ocean going gold mmg NOT

  • Anonymous

    Ye Flo is massive in europe his songs and videos are everywhere you go Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 2,900 (74,000) That can't be right

  • Anonymous

    Only bought two albums on there Strange Cloudes and Live From the Underground

  • YESSIR

    FLO RIDA SOLD 150K FIRST WEEK IN THE UK. HIS SONGS HAVE SOLD 9 MIL SINGLES ALREADY. SHOUT OUT TO DRAKE AND NICKI FOR STILL MOVING UNITS

    • blaze

      what are you on he has only sold 294,000 worldwide and 44,000 in the US.

    • Anonymous

      Digga, please

    • Digga

      Apparently u don't listen to music, anonymous. Niggas aren't the only ones to listen to music. Gonna need you to understand this. The white suburb fans and hardcore fans are buying this shit. The record companies don't give a fuck about the hood's input in today's music and I don't blame them. You guys support bad rap music and expect real hip hop in return? Fuck outa here

    • Anonymous

      i seriously doubt muhfuckaz are ridin around bumpin Starships or Take Care

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