Joe Budden makes a strong debut on the charts this week with his third straight-to-retail album No Love Lost, which enters the top 20 straight out the gate. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose single "Thrift Shop" has now spent consecutive weeks atop the singles chart, continue scanning product and pull ahead of A$AP Rocky's debut studio album Long.Live.A$AP, which continues to slide down.
With a few artists getting a bump thanks to one day of post-Grammy Award Sales (2 Chainz, Nas), Brotha Lynch Hung manages to be the sole Hip Hop artist to debut in the top 200 this week, scoring a nice placement above No. 70 with a solid number of copies sold.
Check below to see who had the strongest week on the charts.
Joe Budden Finds Love Isn't Lost On The Charts
Joe Budden has scored his highest chart debut to date since the release of his eponymous debut, which peaked at No. 8 in 2003. This week, the Jersey native bows at No. 15 with a solid 30,000 copies sold of No Love Lost, putting it at the high-end of the sales projections released last week. The success stems from the attention gleaned from both his charting single "She Don't Put It Down" featuring Lil Wayne and Tank, which is becoming his best-performing track to date, and his appearance on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop," which has been airing over the past month.
For No Love Lost, the Slaughterhouse rapper took a different approach. He relies heavily on guests for the LP, which features appearances from Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Juicy J, Lloyd Banks and a crew of others. Joey Jumpoff's last album, the digital offering Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst, picked up in sales after its subsequent retail release, peaking at No. 9 on the Rap Albums chart.
Brotha Lynch Hung Attacks The Chart With Mannibalector
Strange Music's Brotha Lynch Hung shows that hard work continues to pay off. His third album for the label, Mannibalector, makes a solid chart debut, entering at No. 67 with 7,900 copies sold. The LP, which marks the third in a trilogy following the story of a man evolving into a cannibalistic killer, co-stars a handful of guests including Yelawolf, Tech N9ne and Hopsin, picking up where prior releases Coathanga Strangla (2011) and Dinner and a Movie (2010) left off. Brotha Lynch recently spoke to HipHopDX about his thoughts on the album as well as hoping to meet Eminem.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/27/2013
#15. Joe Budden - No Love Lost - 30,000 (30,000)
#19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 23,000 (336,000)
#24. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 20,000 (221,000)
#26. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 20,000 (712,000)
#38. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 15,000 (374,000)
#51. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 10,000 (533,000)
#57. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.F.I.C. - 9,200 (314,000)
#67. Brotha Lynch Hung - Mannibalector - 7,900 (8,000)
#79. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 6,300 (123,000)
#93. Future - Pluto - 5,300 (271,000)
#97. Game - Jesus Piece - 5,000 (192,000)
#200. Nas - Life is Good - 2,200 (354,000)
* 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.