After making a chart-topping debut last week, A$AP Rocky continues to move copies of his debut Long.Live.A$AP, which keeps the Harlem, New York emcee in good company alongside Bruno Mars and Mumford & Sons. But just outside of the top 10 lurks Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist, which rises based on the success of their breakout single "Thrift Shop."
New Hip Hop releases to the chart this week were scarce, as Christian Hip Hop vet Sho Baraka is now nowhere to be found following last week's top 100 debut.
Check below to see who had the strongest week on the charts.
Long.Live.A$AP's Reign On Top Short, But Hangs On
A$AP Rocky had quite the debut last week. The Harlemite, who's made a name for himself over the past few years with his breakout mixtape Live.Love.A$AP as well as guest appearances on T.I.'s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head and Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, bowed atop the charts with an impressive 140,000 copies sold of the LP, beating out Kidz Bop 23 by a 58,000-copy margin.
This week, the The RCA/Polo Grounds release holds on strong. The LP dips from the top spot to No. 7, selling an additional 38,000 copies - enough to put him between Mumford & Sons' Babel and Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox. The critically acclaimed album features guest appearances from a slew of emcees including Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz, and has spawned a pair of singles from the album including "Goldie" and "Fuckin' Problems," which was recently certified gold. Additional standouts on the album include posse cut "1 Train" featuring Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Yelawolf and Big K.R.I.T.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Continue To Hijack Charts With The Heist
Independent artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis show that hard work pays off. The Seattle-based duo dropped their collaborative debut The Heist back in October, bowing at No. 2 with 78,000 copies sold. Since then, the pair has steadily grown on the charts thanks to the success of the platinum-certified "Thrift Shop," which hit the top of Hot 100 last week. Now, the LP continues to ascend thanks to the renewed interest. This week, the set drops one spot from No. 11 to 12, keeping a strong grip on the top 20.
The group is also shooting a video for "Can't Hold Us," which could positively impact sales of the album.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/27/2013
#7. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 38,000 (177,000)
#13. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 19,000 (292,000)
#19. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 18,000 (675,000)
#28. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 15,000 (346,000)
#48. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 8,300 (298,000)
#62. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 6,000 (515,000)
#69. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 5,300 (111,000)
#70. Game - Jesus Piece - 5,300 (182,000)
#102. Future - Pluto - 3,700 (262,000)
#186. Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors - 1,900 (61,000)
* 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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