It was a week of transition on the charts, as several indie releases left the Top 200 for some new albums in stores. Canadian crooner The Weeknd scored a Top 5 debut with his first retail effort, Trilogy. At #4, the compilation from the 22 year-old’s free releases features Drake and Juicy J, and adds to the new wave of talent at Universal Republic Records.
Travis Barker & Yelawolf’s Psycho White EP slipped in the Top 50. This five-song effort is Yela’s third Interscope Records release in as many years.
Lastly, the final of three releases between Buckshot & 9th Wonder squeezed into the Top 200 rankings in The Solution. The series of Brooklyn-Raleigh collaborative albums date back seven years to Chemistry. Strangely, 9th was on two November 13 albums, the second being his final release in a separate series with Murs, The Final Adventure.
The Weeknd Warrior
After appearing on singles by Drake (“Crew Love”) and Wiz Khalifa (“Remember You”), The Weeknd officially broke through this month as a commercial artist. Via XO/Universal Republic, the Ontario native’s Trilogy traced his free project roots and convinced over 85,000 that it was worth the purchase. The remastered versions were accompanied by three new songs.
Buckshot & 9th Wonder Found A Solution
In 2005, when Buckshot & 9th Wonder began working together, Little Brother only had one studio album in stores. Buckshot had previously only released one solo album, over five years prior. Throughout the last seven years, the pair forged a relationship that shaped the personnel and sound of both Duck Down Records, as well as the Justus League. In the years since, 9th and Khrysis have become go-to producers at the veteran indie label, including spearheading projects by Skyzoo and The Away Team.
The Solution, following 2008’s The Formula, marks the final themed album in the series. Guests include Jamla Records’ Rapsody, as well as Dyme-A-Duzin. This is Duck Down’s third charting album in two months, following Sky’s A Dream Deferred and Sean Price’s Mic Tyson, which left the Top 200, following two weeks of ranking.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/18/2012
#4. The Weeknd – Trilogy – 86,000 (86,000)
#18. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city – 34,000 (379,000)
#22. Ne-Yo – R.E.D. – 25,000 (91,000)
#27. Meek Mill – Dreams & Nightmares – 21,000 (227,000)
#49. Travis Barker & Yelawolf – Psycho White – 11,000 (11,000)
#59. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story – 8,600 (383,000)
#62. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 8,100 (134,000)
#186. E-40 & Too Short – History: Function Music – 2,600 (9,100)
#189. Nas – Life Is Good – 2,600 (326,000)
#196. Buckshot & 9th Wonder – The Solution – 2,300 (2,400)
* 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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