After making a strong debut with his latest album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, T.I. holds on to the top five behind label mate Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, Taylor Swift's Red, the soundtrack to Les Miserables and One Direction's Take Me Home. It's only a matter of weeks before Tip hits the gold mark.
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar sees a huge surge in sales for his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, which launches from No. 39 to 17. The holiday bump also pushed Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. further up the charts, with the Rostrum rapper's sophomore LP jumping from No. 41 to 22. Chief Keef wasn't as lucky, slipping from No. 27 to 32 with his debut album Finally Rich.
Thanks to post-holiday and pre-NYE purchases, a few other artists managed to climb their way back up the charts. Check below for more details.
T.I. Sits Heavy On The Charts
Last week, T.I. had a huge debut with his latest album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. After taking a few years off from his music career since 2010's No Mercy, Tip soared back onto the charts last week with his newest offering, landing at No. 2 with just under 180,000 copies sold. This week, he keeps a hold on the top five, dropping three spots to No. 5 but selling a respectanble 74,000 units of the LP that features guest appearances from Meek Mill, Cee Lo Green, P!nk, Andre 3000 and more. Speaking of Three Stacks, Big Boi recently said that he's hopping on a remix to the T.I. and 3K collabo "Sorry," which could give the album a boost.
Kendrick Lamar Still good With His Major Label Debut
Kendrick Lamar has had an impressive sales trajectory with the release of his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Compton, California rapper bowed at No. 2 with 242,000 copies sold following its October 22nd drop date. More than two months later, the TDE spitter got a bump with the year-end spurge, jetting from No. 39 to 17 with an additional 44,000 sold. On top of that, he kicked off 2K13 with the release of his new video for "Backseat Freestyle," which features the one and only Sherane.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/30/2012
#5. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 74,000 (253,000)
#17. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 44,000 (584,000)
#22. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 37,000 (252,000)
#32. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 28,000 (79,000)
#39. Game - Jesus Piece - 24,000 (146,000)
#46. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 22,000 (214,000)
#47. 2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story - 21,000 (478,000)
#70. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up - 13,000 (785,000)
#73. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 12,000 (295,000)
#122. Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - 7,000 (49,000)
* 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.
Can T.I. keep his hot streak going? And will Kendrick Lamar be able to jump even higher on the charts? Check back next week on HipHopDX.