Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/12/2012

Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" gets squeezed out of the #1 spot, as Mayday! makes their second appearance on the charts in 2012 with "Thrift Store Halos." Mac Miller and Aesop Rock bounce back.

Following his #1 debut, Rick Ross slipped a spot with his God Forgives, I Don't. The Def Jam Records artist lost out, by approximately 50,000 spots to the Now 43 compilation. 

The lone addition to the charts this week was from another South Florida act, ¡Mayday!. The Strange Music Hip Hop band's second release of 2012, Thrift Store Halos, debuted at #124. Their March album, Take Me To Your Leader, debuted at #86.

Aesop Rock's Skelethon and Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park also returned to the Top 200, after weeks away.

Nas' Life Is Good Slips Out Of The Top 10

One of the most-discussed albums of 2012, Nas' Life Is Good, fell from the Top 10 for the first time this year. In its fourth week on the charts, the Def Jam Records release featuring Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz and Large Professor went to #12. Nas' eleventh solo album has scanned just under 250,000 overall units to date.

¡Mayday!'s Thrift Store Halos Needs No Consignment

Miami sextet ¡Mayday! continues to enjoy their biggest career in a long-building career. The group's seven-song digital EP, Thrift Store Halos sold just under 3,000 units. After working with Tech N9ne and Murs on their spring LP, the group led by Bernbiz and Wrekonize kept it all in-house on this one.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/12/2012

#2. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't - 60,000 (279,000)

#12. Nas - Life Is Good - 19,000 (245,000)

#21. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange - 13,000 (251,000)

#36. Maybach Music Group Presents... - Self Made, Volume 2 - 7,800 (209,000)

#46. Flo Rida - Wild Ones - 6,700 (74,000)

#48. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 6,500 (612,000)

#124. ¡Mayday! -  Thrift Store Halos - 2,800 (2,800)

#162. Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park - 2,200 (344,000)

#165. Aesop Rock - Skelethon - 2,100 (24,000)

#185. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 2,000 (83,000)

* 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.

With 2 Chainz be the latest Def Jam artist to grab a Top 3 debut, in his first solo album? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.

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116 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Maydays! EP thrift store halos is dope

  • I AM TORRENT HEAR ME ROAR

    NAPSTER AND KAZAA ARE MY PARENTS. AND I SAY FUCK THESE ARTIST. KARMA'S MY BITCH AND WE FUCKIN HARDCORE ON THE COUCH WHILE SHE SCREAMIN FUCK THESE COCKY ASS COPY CAT RAPPERS!!! HAAAAHAHAHAAAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA

  • DearGodNo

    If 2 chainz ends up in the top 3, the world will surely end!

  • dee

    NaS been in the game since 1991 & still able 2 sell as many records as the new artist.lets see how many artist could be in the game for over 20 years & still be able 2 sell records.nas life is good sold good numbers.he even sold more then chris brown.Nas is one of the greatest of all time & onen of the only rappers that been out since 91 & till relevant.

  • Flamez

    It's sad to see how pirating is killing record sales mainly hip hop. I remember looking at Sound Scan Numbers back in the late 90's early 2000's and it was easy to go gold.Now Gold seems like the new platinum if you can reach it with these dismal sells SMH.

    • HIPHOP

      ITS ALL THE ABOVE... AND PEOPLE LIKE U ALL THAT CANT REALIZE THAT UR ALL CORRECTN AND ARE ARGUING WIT EACHOTHER ABT IT. TO MANY FUCKIN "KNOW IT ALL" STANS [THAT DONT KNOW OR RESPECT SHIT] AND NOT ENOUGH TALENTED ARTIST, NOT TO MENTION THE CREATIVE EFFORT AND SUBSTANCE FADING... = NIGGGAS WLD RATHER DOWNLOAD THAN PAY FOR THESE FUCKERS TO BE BRAGGIN ABT HOW MUCH THEY MAKE OFF SUCKERIN US BY SELLIN US HALF ASSED SHIT FOR 13+ YEARS. ITS A DOG EAT DOG WORLD. AND KARMA IS A CRUEL BITCH. OH YEAH AND THEM MASTER P CASIO BEATS AND NAPKIN WRITTEN SONGS DIDN HELP EITHER. 1

    • ME

      It's the industry as a whole, artists and labels, adopting retard rap like Nicki to destroy the kids minds!

    • RealHipHop

      no... its pirating... it kills hip hop. its poison in so many different ways.

    • Anonymous

      no its the artist they puuting out half hearted music with recycled beats and rhymes

    • Rex

      co sign, its the fans and the internet that are killing hiphop, not the artists

  • Anonymous

    rick ross owns his label and gets 75% of the profit.

  • Anonymous

    Damn look at ya boy Mac Miller

  • NuffSaid

    Seriously Dont know why u guys always hate on 50 cent.So what if his last album didnt measure up to his previous 3 albums?500k insnt bad. He makes money by other means,u dont and he is a upright and model law abiding citizen, pls check ur facts. Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent got busted for minor DUI IN 2000.Becos of his wrap sheet full of minor offences he was offered a deal to snitch or face jail.Curtis Jackson beig an upright citizen and wanting to walk a straight path offered some information to the feds but they wanted more.Curtis further offered to gather more information from his neighbourhood drug n crime activities and report back to the feds.Since meeting up with the feds was risky, Curtis Jackson being a smart guy opted to put his gathered information or "Snitching" in a record called "Ghetto Koran".A good number of cold cases in New York has been solved based on this Affidavit ..sorry..based on that single. Now south jamaica queens is becoming safe. 50 cent can however not go back there bcos of threat to his life. What a selfless move to make his local neighbourhood safe

  • Tricksta

    Rick Ross selling worldwide. Laughterhouse FLOPPING worldwide hahaha :b

  • Anonymous

    rick ross is a slip n slide artist who is distributed by def slip n slide owns the mmg logo and this fat says he selfmade haah i bet you clowns didnt know trick daddy has stock n slip n slide so when ross eat trick eat but he eat off top ross is the last to get paid

  • Anonymous

    rick ross doing local rapper numbers no surprise

  • mrnoluv

    Ok, so let me get this straight again Nas is the best of all time right??? 245,000 from the greatest rapper of all time, lol!!! Yeah right. If the best of all time comes out with an album, even if it's whack, it will at least go 2 mil! We are talking the greatest of all time in their field and can't go 1 mil? Can you say overrated?

    • Anonymous

      nobody buys albums unless you a start struck teenager nas is a legend and nothing can take that away from him you just should say mc hammer is the goat or vanilla ice if sales mean that much to you why do you care you not a record executive you dont see a dime of rap money

  • GUnitSKUncut

    Dont know why u guys always hate on 50 cent.So what if his last album didnt measure up to his previous 3 albums?500k insnt bad. He makes money by other means,u dont and he is a upright and model law abiding citizen, pls check ur facts. Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent got busted for minor DUI IN 2000.Becos of his wrap sheet full of minor offences he was offered a deal to snitch or face jail.Curtis Jackson beig an upright citizen and wanting to walk a straight path offered some information to the feds but they wanted more.Curtis further offered to gather more information from his neighbourhood drug n crime activities and report back to the feds.Since meeting up with the feds was risky, Curtis Jackson being a smart guy opted to put his gathered information or "Snitching" in a record called "Ghetto Koran".A good number of cold cases in New York has been solved based on this Affidavit ..sorry..based on that single. Now south jamaica queens is becoming safe. 50 cent can however not go back there bcos of threat to his life. What a selfless move to make his local neighbourhood safe

    • qboro

      hahaah you so fuckin stupid he was in queens 2 weeks ago giving out dirt bikes and atv's every summer he has a big event and takes the kids to great adventures you internet idiots are so fucking funny a bullshit essay for what? get a life if you dont think 50 can go to queens go to you tube you another dumb fuck who belives anything 50 is the man in queens he never went hollywood like jeff he may not like your favorite rapper but he never shitted on southside like hollywood ja why you think it was so easy for 50 to clown ja? because queens dont give a fuck about jeff use your common sense

  • Muthadon

    Damn them MMG catz is moving units

  • Anonymous

    Nas is never gonne go gold with them type of numbers, says alot for how much critical acclaim means these days. Great album everybody seems to love and look at the numbers, LMAO, them same thieves will be the ones crying when his next album has Lady Gaga on the single Real Hip Hop fans = Worthless audience

    • Anonymous

      The irony is the "hottest MC" in the game and the "Boss" has similar sales numbers. Ross has had a "hot" mixtape, endless features, major press release with record executives talking for him, videos every 2-3 weeks, heavy radio rotation and promotion, magazine covers, and look at HIS numbers. You think we believe all of you rozay fans copped the album? LMAO dickriding/bandwagon fans=worthless audience

  • Anonymous

    big ups to rick ross he is putting up really good numbers he has sold more than nas in his second week than nas in his fourth week not to mention the self made album will top out over 300k with a hit single i could seem hit platinum with this album

  • Anonymous

    Face mainstream, backpackers and in between rappers have been putting out garbage albums for last 4 years. The suit guys might as well give them the freedom they excercise on mixtapes and you might see better results in the bottom line they get from their slaves.

    • Anonymous

      Lil B has millions of You Tube views, impressive mixtape download numbers, and couldn't sell 5,000 digital units on an indie label. Souljah Boy has sold millions of ringtones, millions of You Tube views and impressive retail sales, and holds the Guiness World Book record for the least amount of units sold first week ever in ANY genre of major record label music. IT'S THE FANS. IT'S THE FANS

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the formula is getting tired, I'm sure some people in this bad economy find it hard to support somebody that keeps telling you they got money. Kinda like buying a Mitt Romney album.

  • Anonymous

    Rozay pulled a Lolo Jones - All the hype and still didn't get gold.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with changing the standards is other genres routinely push a million or more no problem. It's the content that needs to be switched up. Most civilized people aren't going to drive home from work listening to someone talking about selling crack no matter how good the beat is.

  • Anonymous

    "THEY NEED TO RE-DO THE STANDARDS FOR PLAQUES...LIKE 500K SHOULD BE PLATINUM AND 250K GOLD NAHMEAN" Stop using all caps, nah mean?

  • c

    Jeezy still winning... 3 platinum plaques and 2 gold plaques (about to get a 4th platinum!! Men lie, women lie... numbers dont! CTE4LIFE

  • S

    Rozay flopped but DEF JAM ruling the charts.

    • anon

      I'm DEFINITELY not a Rick Ross fan, but you have to give him credit, he certainly didn't flop - actually, he had the best opening week of his career! Even with the large 2nd week drop,this will go Gold easy, and probably outsell Teflon Don long term (that one is at 730k).

  • Anonymous

    rick ross is truly a boss, because he has figured out how to make more money, with less record sales.

  • BLACK

    YO THEY NEED TO RE-DO THE STANDARDS FOR PLAQUES...LIKE 500K SHOULD BE PLATINUM AND 250K GOLD NAHMEAN??? OTHERWISE THESE NIGGAZ WILL NEVER GET NO PLAQUES!!

    • sb

      so so true..excellent observation

    • Anonymous

      The standard shouldn't be changed to accommodate the rap genre. It's up to rap fans to start supporting their favorite artists and ease up on the downloading. Country and rock are still selling considerably well. R+B sales have fell the f#ck off, but today there is little difference between R+B and mainstream rap. It's pretty much mashed up into one now.

  • Anonymous

    Rick Ross... Claims he's one of the "3 Kings", hasn't even went platinum.

    • Anonymous

      owns his label ahaha RICK ROSS IS A SLIP N SLIDE ARTIST WHAT THE FUCK YOU TALKING ABOUT? DO YOUR REASEARCH BEFORE YOU DICK RIDE AND 6MILLION WORLDWIDE IS PEANUTS THAT AINT SHIT

    • Anonymous

      he doesnt own his own label, its just another logo to put on the back of the album the white men own his ass

    • Anonymous

      So fuck Eminem & Kanye both own a record label that has sold more... But anyway that ain't the point that doesn't qualify Jimmy Iovine to make a song called 3 Kings. And it ain't what Officer Ricky meant.

    • Anonymous

      but, he owns his own label, which has sold over 6 million worldwide.

  • YESSIR

    ROSS PROBABLY GETTING PAID OFF NAS ALBUM TOO. ROSS IS PROBABLY NAS NEW GHOSTWRITER SINCE JAE ELECTRONICA BEEN IN LONDON WITH THAT WHITE BITCH

  • GRiiP

    488,000 albums sold in only 7 weeks isn't bad at all and that's not counting the albums in his catalog. MMG is legit to be such a new company. Haters can say what they say, however, the proof is in the domestic numbers for only 2 albums. Congratulations to Williams Roberts aka Ricky Rozay.

  • Anonymous

    HAters gonna hate

  • Anonymous

    da fuck kinda numbers are these ? damn ... Meek Mill and Kendrick need to hurry up with their debuts, we need some better showings for hip hop than this.

  • Anonymous

    LAUGHTERHOUSE 600,000 BET YOUR A$$WIPE ROCKY ON IT

  • Anonymous

    Rap is dead in the mainstream. Drake is probably the biggest star out with the best numbers and thats only because half his shit sounds like R&B. Labels need to come up with some new styles to exploit, people are tired of the simple simon mediocre motherfuckers they been putting out. Throw millions of dollars behind Rick Ross and those are the best numbers your getting back, LOL, yeah its time to take a risk on summin new

    • Anonymous

      Your math and music business knowledge is severely flawed. Do yourself a favor, don't take it personal, and stop talking about something you don't know anything about.

    • recordpusher

      haha... major label artist get less than $1 per album sale...

    • Anonymous

      did you just pull those numbers out of your ass or what? you know how much money the white guys upstairs are gonna take? do you know how much money went into promoting both those albums? they had videos and ads and interviews everywhere,

    • GRiiP

      $7.00 multiplied by 488,000 equals $3,416,000.00 split 2 ways equals $1,708,000.00 for the label in only 7 weeks. That's not even including album sales outside of the United States and singles. At this rate, the label should make at least $5,000,000.00 off of MMG by Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    mayday sell 2800...Amnesia alone is better than mac miller's entire career

  • MMG Uncut

    Once again, real hip hop sells well, while backpack cracka rap like El-P & Aesop Rock flops and remains unnoticed. Rick Ross= visionary

    • Anonymous

      your racist ass in stuck in past... cracka rap is on new level of contiousness

    • the grza

      I agree with anon. Ross' numbers are good for a mid level star, but not good at all for someone who is supposed to be the hottest rapper in the game.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^ I dont now nor have I ever listened to a Canibus record. And your hero is still and underachiever who sells about 20% of what he should be selling with the promotion he has

    • MMG Uncut

      ^ angry backpacker puts on his canibus mode.

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ "Sell's Well", FOH with that lowered expectations shit. Another Rick Ross album with 5 songs on the radio and all the promotion in the world that will struggle its way to gold. Rappers from 10 years ago use to sell better then Rick Ross out the trunk of their cars without the radio. The mainstream scene is holding on by a thread overpromoting the fuck outta garbage like this and barely making there money back on it

    • MMG Uncut

      ^ fans did not

    • DrebinSlevin

      You noticed them so your logic fails.

  • hjk

    I'm really looking forward to see 2 Chainz numbers, album is really good, one of top 5 albums this year, he has really good work ethic, hope he will sell as much as possible, he is the only one who deserve his, one of the last rappers who work their asses off

  • Fucking hiphopdx

    Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" gets squeezed out of the #1 spot, as Mayday! makes their second appearance on the charts in 2012 with "Thrift Store Halos." How can you write the headline like that? It would mean they outsold rick ross, witch they didnt....

  • Anonymous

    Ross falls all the way to #2 and the haters still hate.

  • GFID Classic

    Ricky Rozay winning all round.Reppin for HipHop on the billboard 200. Just got the album off itunes. Loved it 5stars, XXL 5mics.

  • hage

    Ross did 55,781 sales not 60k cmon DX..

  • a million.......

    who buys mac millar albums? 344,000 of them what da fuck

  • Anonymous

    wow what a fuckin drop off album took a nose dive gold? idk

  • Macadellic

    LMAO EVERYONE HATES ON MAC BUT THESES BIG BOSS LABEL IDIOTS CAN'T TOUCH HIS NUMBERS LOOK AT THE MAYBACH ALBUM AND ROSS ALBUM MAC WILL PROBABLY GO GOLD BEFORE ANYONE OF THESE CLOWNS

  • Anonymous

    It's clear all that hype about officer ricky was paid for and used as promotion by the label who are so desperate for him to succeed

  • trakaddick

    recoed sales doesnt determine an albums quality . to me its quality over quanity

  • Fabo

    wow hip hop is fucking dead

  • OUCH!

    damn Rick Ross album dropped 74% in a week. that sucks. usually its at least 50%. that sucks...

  • Anonymous

    Gotta love how badly flo rida flopped.

    • ^

      Dude, Flo Rida definitely flopped. Look at his album sales.

    • Anonymous

      hate Flo Rida but that dude didn't flop. that's why they play his songs on the radio to death. the man makes all his coin through singles dude. do your homework

    • -

      YESSIR=FLORIDAS CABANA BOY... FWAGG!!!

    • EAT A DICK BIATCH

      This mafaka above me likes fools like Flo rida, that idiot is not even hiphop...and the same excuse his fans buy singles not albums, man fuck u n Flo rida...y du release albums if yo fans dnt buy albums??? release singles only then. Oh finaly u r tired of young money fools...

    • YESSIR

      FLO RIDA MADE MORE MONEY THAN THE NAMES UP THERE HE DIDNT FLOP HIS FANS BUY EVERY SONG AS A SINGLE HE MAKE MORE DOIN THAT THAN SELLING ALBUMS

  • Anonymous

    Is there a site that shows the worldwide numbers? I'm curious to know what these artists are selling altogether...

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