Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/17/2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" falls over a dozen spots, while Pitbull's "Global Warming" gains nearly 50.

For the second consecutive week, there were no critical additions in the Hip Hop community on the Top 200 charts. Glam Rock and Hair Rock took the top of the charts this week, with Bon Jovi at #1 and David Bowie at #2.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' independently-released juggernaut The Heist dropped 13 spots to #17, despite an active South By Southwest presence, including a live-streamed showcase. Pitbull, further from his Hip Hop roots than ever, climbed 43 spots with his 2012 Polo Grounds/RCA Records album, Global Warming.

Pitbull Warns The Globe

Miami, Florida veteran rapper-turned-Pop star Pitbull made that impressive 43 spot climb with his Global Warning. The November album featured production from Polow Da Don, with vocal assistance by Chris Brown and Usher. Pit has come a long way from his days with Luke Records, but it's safe to say that Money Is A Major Issue no more.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are Breathing Down A Gold Heist

Seattle, Washington veteran duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are possibly a week away from crossing the 500,000 lines with The Heist. The group's success on the late 2012 album remains a case study in the independent music community. The 29 year-old emcee included Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Band Of Horses' Ben Birdwell on his most significant album to date, in an extensive catalog of EPs and a previous LP, The Language Of My World.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/17/2013

#17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 23,000 (472,000)

#27. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 15,000 (794,000)

#29. Pitbull - Global Warming - 14,000 (243,000)

#44. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 10,000 (294,000)

#54. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 8,200 (428,000)

#77. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 5,600 (570,000)

#85. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. - 5,000 (347,000)

#105. Chief Keef - Finally Rich - 4,200 (148,000)

 #125. Game - Jesus Piece - 3,400 (213,000)

#145. Joe Budden - No Love Lost - 3,000 (60,000)

* 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.

Will any of 2013's underground-praised indie albums sneak into the Top 200 before Spring? Check back on HipHopDX.

Last Week's Album Sales.

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  • Jake

    Its a shame they didnt put Game here cause he charted!! Fuck you haters! #156 http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200?page=7

  • wouzi

    keep getting my nigga macklemore. wiz, gameand meek flopped real bad. why the fuck is tip not selling records no more? tip you done, give up

  • Satanic Racist

    What is the most confusing holiday in the black community? Fathers Day

  • Anonymous

    "are you blind? shit was posted like 3 comments below" You sound like you're on the rag. Watch your fucking mouth and say it politely next time.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know the total for GFID?

  • Anonymous

    "claiming game and chief keef had no promotion and they sold 5 or 10 times more than that in a week" Keef is likely going to be dropped from his label, and Game has had two back to back sales flops. Yeah, they pushed more than Rule, but remember too Rule was blacklisted there for awhile, so to even get an album out should be seen as a small victory.

  • Nick T

    wait, how much has GFID sold? 490k?

  • Anonymous

    "i just looked it up and it seriously hasnt even sold 10k yet!" PIL 2 got zero promotion, so in a way, 7-8k isn't bad for an album not many people knew even came out.

    • Anonymous

      naw nigga. selling under 8k for ja rule just proves his career really is over! promotion or not. people claiming game and chief keef had no promotion and they sold 5 or 10 times more than that in a week

  • Anonymous

    "Or maybe he will. Give him a few months" True. What's shocking is Pitbull has sold more than Game. The Pope considers that a sin.

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick might not go platinum.

  • Satanic Racist

    Q: What do you call an apartment building full of blacks? A: A Coon-dominium

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule's PIL2 is outselling all these nigga's albums combined without a radio or video hit. No one can stop the Mighty Ja. Murdaaaa!!!

    • Annoyed

      @Anonymous I really wish this loser would find another site to make Ja rule jokes on or hiphopdx would just block him. I hope Ja rule finds out who you are and punches you in your two front Big teeth!!! I'm started to think you fantasize about him since you bring him up so much.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      stop lying to yourself that album sold 3200 first week! i just looked it up and it seriously hasnt even sold 10k yet! WOW

  • Anonymous

    I think its time for game to drop a solo album instead of industry mixtapes

    • toppa shot

      i agree with mac. game's last two albums have been doodoo. too many distractions on them joints. there's only a few true solo mc's left.

    • rmacq112

      Jesus Piece was trash. I used to be a big game fan, fuck record sales. they don't matter at all to me as a fan. his last 2 albums were SHIT. DICKRIDER, aint talking shit to you. game Dickrides for 50 minutes every fucking album

    • jerryc

      I dont care what you want to call it, that game cd was maybe the best cd this year. Lots of replay value and sampled beats(which have suddenly gone missing in this game of southern trap style sound).

  • milowough

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. Here's what I do Rich45.com_

  • its the ghost

    just seen the cover art and tracklist for Styles P float album over on amazon as i pre-ordered it dx slippin get ur shit together 1. Float Intro 2. Manson Murder ft N.O.R.E. 3. Bodies In The Basement 4. Hater Love ft Sheek Louch 5. Take It Back 6. Haze Vs. Sour (Skit) 7. I Need Weed 8. Red Eye ft Jadakiss 9. Reckless ft Raekwon 10. Shoot You Down 11. Open Up ft Bullpen 12. Screw Y'all ft Scram Jones

  • Anonymous

    Jesus Piece shits on Macklemore album.....serious talk


    COngrats to GAME..consistently selling between 3 to 5k per week, with no label support, tour or second single...album gonna go Gold once his single with 2 chainz and ross drops,,Haters keet hating, but selling that amount with minimul effort is impressive..hate it or love it

    • Anonymous

      Talk about being on games nuts! This guys comes on here week in week out and post the same bullshit! Game over!

    • toppa shot

      This isn't 2002. Those days of people rushing out to buy an album after hearing a catchy single are pretty much over. There are some exceptions and Game isn't one of them. It's 2013. Times have changed. Everyone knows the album been out.

    • Anonymous

      no it's not (going gold) or impressive

  • Anonymous

    "Jesus Piece" isn't a bad album, but the features suck. Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Lil' Wayne, Tyga.... ugh!

  • Mystikal

    Eminems sales from march 10 th Billboard 200 #168 Recovery 3,082 (4,410,697) #199 Curtain Call: The Hits 2,735 (3,687,149) Catalog Albums #68 Marshall Mathers LP 2,392 (10,682,300) #114 Eminem Show 1,944 (10,160,342)

    • ^

      You, my friend, just wasted your life. This bullshit has nothing to do with the topic.

    • Anonymous

      I bet your sisters have more balls than y'all to make up their own mind on who they like or not. your sister: I don't like Joey, I like Darius. her friend: What? Everybody likes Joey, the cool people like him, the football team likes him, even the college boy you think is cute likes him, pick Joey, he even likes Eminem like your little brother! He knows all the words too! your sister: I don't care what everybody else says, I like Darius. We've talked and had lunch together, I don't even know Joey. her friend: You're a hater. You're stupid. I don't even know why we're friends. ^ 10 years later..... ys: Yes, Darius and I got married, we moved to_______ and I'm back visiting, trying to get my little brother (YOU) a job, he's been playing nothing but video games and Eminem and can't keep steady work or a GIRLFRIEND. hf: Well Joey went to jail, we had 3 kids and one of them may not be his, I slept with 4 of his friends to get to him. Rehab has been good, I should get the kids back next month. ^ and THIS, is REAL ETHER A lot of you just read YOUR life!

    • BP

      nobody give a fuck bout your hater ass decisions, he still ethered your point. half of the hiphop game looks up to Em as one of the GOAT

    • Anonymous

      "i guarantee a lot of your favorite rappers claim em to be ONE of the GOATS. unless you listen to chief keef" ^ I make my own decisions child and I'm listening to Action Bronson right now. Go get a better argument.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      i guarantee a lot of your favorite rappers claim em to be ONE of the GOATS. unless you listen to chief keef

    • Doubl Negative

      Homosexuals and white girls are the only people who can claim Em to be the GOAT without embarrassment because I don't value their opinion on hip-hop. Everyone else is a miss-guided asshole.

    • SDK

      YEAH EM IS TOP 10

    • Anonymous

      And here we go with the "the white guy is better than the n*gg3rs" comments.

  • Anonymous

    How is Macklemore whatever the fuck his name is selling that many units. Ridiculous

    • Anonymous

      ^^ That's what we do everyday, B, keeping rap black.

    • Fish

      so support your own race and BUY their music then fuck boy

    • Anonymous

      so why did Kreayshawn flop? why aren't Yelawolf or Machine Gun Kelly doing big numbers like Mack?

    • gun di liro

      to anon1 who replied to me. Yes, being white is a big part of why they are selling well. There are black, brown, yellow artists on major labels that have songs all over the radio and aren't selling nearly as well, that are flopping. You just don't see independent albums selling like this in this day and age. The great Eminem said himself, "If I was black i'd sell half". That's the truth. anon2: Maybe Macklemore has outsold Kendrick over the past 2 months. Checking the weekly sales here I really can't remember the last time Kendrick sold more than Macklemore. Not that it matters. Just pointing out the success that you rarely see for an indy album.

    • Anonymous

      it actually hasnt outsold GKMC every week for 3 months GKMC only been out for 5 months and k.dot is still over 300k ahead

    • Anonymous

      Cause he is white he is selling better? Thats fucking stupid. He is selling so good cause he has a steady single being played non-stop on the radio.

    • gun di liro

      I'm sure being white has lots to do with it. I listened to the album and it didn't move me at all. It has some solid songs, but the way its selling for an independent album is crazy. It has outsold GKMC every week for the past three months.

  • Its Um

    Is Game even promoting his album anymore?

  • Chi-Ill

    smh Game Who the phuck bought PitBulls Album?!

  • Lateef TheIndustryDude

    Wow, artist are not selling like they use too. Its crazy, the internet and illegal downloading really hurt the game.

  • Blocka

    Fuck album sales!! Show $$$$$$$ is better

  • Eye Control

    Macklemore and Kendrick are my favorite rappers, but Macklemore has been my favorite since I heard gift shop on the radio. They are real rappers and I'm glad they are selling the most. And I'm not racist, I think Macklemore and his partner Ray Lewis make a nice gay couple, hip-hop needs equality. What they do is their business. Macklemore knew he was gay since 3rd grade, so he's been through a lot more than you people hating. Anyways, I really do only have $20 is in my pocket, so looks like I'm going to the gift shop lol

  • My2CentsPlyr

    Damn.....I remember Top 20........now its top 200??!!! #32

  • Bella

    Glad that T.I. Is at least about to go gold...y'all should checkout www.thegrandreport.com too, they usually have some good reads as well

  • mike

    Game haters at it again, he had only 1 real single and absolutely no promotion and he did everything on his own , Vado said it in a recent interview that the label does nothin for Game , so 200k is pretty good , he would easily sell around 500k if he had the right promotion again , and Jesus Piece was dope ungrateful suckers.

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  • G-Dot

    At the rate GKMC is going it'll take about 20 weeks to go PLAT! Look out for August 2013.

    • Anonymous

      he doesnt have to sell a million to go plat. they just have to ship a million copies thats why he said "trinidad james in four weeks but now my album platinum and shit" nicki's album is platinum and she hasnt sold 900k yet

  • Come On

    To the Game haters I doubt that either of you two actually listened to jesus piece or Red album becuase if you did you' know that they are far from whack..Secondly if you know anything about the music industry you'd know that selling over 200,000 is not a flop anymore considering most artist fail to go gold now and for example look how much promotion and radio play pitbull got and still gets and how long its been out and its hardly out sold the Game. So instead of making fun of someone for being more rich and more successful than you, how 'bout you put out an album and show him how its done next time.

    • Compton Game

      I'm Game and supposed to have sold much more than 200 grand, i need to take this rap music back where it belongs.

    • Anonymous

      "African American please" "this goon" "you know the truth: this nigga" stfu fronting ass whiteboy, foh

    • Anonymous

      African American please this goon had basically every rapper on his album and he still couldn't even sell 300,000 copies so don't you ever try to sugarcoat it cause you know the truth: this nigga F-L-O-P-P-E-D

  • List Of Niggas That Flopped

    Asap Rocky T.I. Wiz Khalifa Chief Keef Game

    • Chris

      Ok fair enough, but I still don't agree that T.I. flopped. Maybe in comparison to his previous albums, but his fanbase is still there...

    • List Of Niggas That Flopped

      I didn't put Joe Budden cause no one was expecting that nigga to sell records anyway.

    • Chris

      OK - So what you're saying is that you can count the number of hip hop artist to go Gold in the last year on one hand! So someone please explain to me how T.I. flopped when compared to all of the other rap albums that got released over the past 365 days? Please enlighten me!

    • ^^ I'll answer that!

      Kendrick, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj.

    • Chris

      @LOL ...I apologize for correcting a grammatical error AFTER my initial post...I guess that does make me a "FAGBOY"...I wasn't trying to be cool, I was asking a question, in which you clearly could not answer, or you would be considered #OWNED. So I'll ask again you felch-lovin', cockblowin' sumabitch - How many hip-hop albums have went Gold in the last 365 days?

    • Anonymous

      you forgot joe budden, he should be at the top of this list

    • Anonymous

      And until you silly ass bitches can prove that any of these albums haven't meet their company goals you will continue to be that, silly ass bitches. Go get some company letterhead stationery with the amounts spent versus amounts made that prove they flopped and I'll stfu. Y'all couldn't even upload a fake Photoshop doc, you don't know what expenses to put on the document.

    • LOL

      LOL @CHRIS hahahahahahahhaa this dude tried so hard to be cool and a badass, and he puts "OWNED" at the bottom and then comments couple seconds later with grammatical errors!!!! HHAHAHAHAHHAA WHAT A FAGBOY

    • Chris

      *single not album, I meant...

    • Chris

      How exactly did T.I. flop considering he didn't even have a Top 10 album and is about to go Gold...how many "Hip-Hop" artists have went gold in the last 365 days? #OWNED

    • List Of Niggas That Flopped

      Can't stand the truth, my nigga?!?!?!?

    • Yo Mama

      Fuck you Nigga. You aint done shit, you're worse than flopping

  • Anonymous

    I guess Kendrick is not making that platinum after all. Going plat is not as easy as it used to be.

    • Anonymous

      Good point first anonym, award shows sure helps the album sales, plus maybe another video. Put dude is touring pretty hard so album sales or not he is making enough cake.

    • Anonymous

      pink friday roman reloaded been platinum since june and as of a week or so ago it's only sold 822 766

    • Anonymous

      It's not all said and done yet, once the awards season kicks into full swing album sales are going to pick up, especially among the winners. My guess is that Kendrick is gonna win a lot of awards so expect GKMC sales to spike. If his album had been eligible for the Grammy's this year he probably would have been closer to platinum than he is now.

  • Compton Dre

    The Real Dr. Dre's in the building, i'm embarrassed to be associated with you Game, what sort of record sales are these?? RED Album was whack too game, stop smoking that weed dude and focus

  • Compton Game

    Compton What! This your boy Game a.k.a Jayceon Terrell Taylor. Y'all better start buying my album or else i'll be a has been soon. Only sold 200 thousand copies Man! Album's whack, i hardly listen to it myself, but c'mon, Buy It!

  • Anonymous

    global warning or warming? you have used both

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