Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/12/2013

Jay-Z & The Bullitts' "Great Gatsby soundtrack" curation paid off, while Talib Kweli may be a "Prisoner Of Conscious" but he sells well. Aesop Rock and Mike Stud also put numbers on the boards.

Although Jay-Z is not expected to release a 2013 album as of yet, the mogul very nearly found his way to #1 yet again. Jay's music curation on the Great Gatsby soundtrack scored a #2 debut on the charts. The Interscope Records release was compromised of new music for the Leonard Dicaprio film currently in theaters, with contributions by Beyonce, Andre 3000 and Jay's own "$100 Bill."

Also new to the charts this week was the fifth solo album from Talib Kweli, Prisoner Of Conscious. Released independently, Kweli's latest analyzes his place in the mainstream, and features Nelly, Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar.

Another star of the late '90s/early '00s New York underground Hip Hop community hit the Top 200. Aesop Rock partnered with longtime tour partner Kimya Dawson to release an album under their band, The Uncluded. Hokey Fright, released on Rhymesayers Entertainment, is Aesop's latest in a series of side projects.

The Light Burns Green For The Great Gatsby soundtrack On The Charts

Chasing Lady Antebellum's Golden, the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby scored a #2. Selling 137,000 units, the Interscope release was within striking distance of the #1. The music was curated by Jay-Z, along with The Bullitts, and featured Andre 3000 & Beyonce's Amy Winehouse cover of "Back To Black." Also included was the first retail Jay-Z solo record of 2013, "$100 Bill," as well as appearances by Q-Tip, will.i.am and on another song, Fergie.

Talib Kweli's Sales Are No Prisoner Of The "Conscious" Label

Talib Kweli's fifth solo album—not including his two Reflection Eternal emcee/producer projects—sold 10,000 first-week units. The second release with independent Javotti Media, Kweli was just 4,000 units shy of his early 2011 first week with Gutter Rainbows. P.O.C. features production from RZA, J. Cole and S1, and boasts the popular 2012 single "Push Thru" with K-Dot and Spitta.

The album appears to conceptually tackle the "conscious" label that the Brooklyn, New York emcee has endured in his 15-plus year career. Despite major label contracts, Jay-Z collaborations and non-stop touring, Kweli has stressed that his beliefs have compromised some of his success. With a Top 50 debut, the "BK MC" continues to "push thru."

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 5/12/2013

#2. The Great Gatsby Soundtrack - 137,000 (137,000)

#12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 30,000 (703,000)

#22. Lil Wayne - I Am Not A Human Being II - 18,000 (423,000)

#48. Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious - 9,900 (10,000)

#52. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 9,000 (887,000)

#83. LL Cool J - Authentic - 5,500 (20,000)

#93. The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) - Hokey Fright - 5,000 (5,000)

#98. Snoop Lion - Reincarnated - 4,700 (35,000)

#109. Mike Stud - Relief - 4,200 (4,200)

#157. Rittz - The Life & Times Of Jonny Valiant - 3,200 (17,000)

* 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.

Last Week's Album Sales.

RELATED: The Bullitts Speaks On Working With Jay-Z On The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

277 Comments

  • The Obvious

    LOL @ Ross still talking about him when he's been off the Top 200 for WEEKS. The C.O.'s run is over. Poor Stalley, he never got to release a record while MMG was on top. Now he's gonna get the same sales The Lady of Rage got.

  • Anonymous

    "You mean that's what pop fans expect?" Guess that means every rapper now is pop cause collabos are the bread and butter of 99-100 albums.

  • Anonymous

    No it's not. Mackelmore has some money now. Shell out for a big name collabo.

  • Anonymous

    "Macklemore doesnt need two dozen big name industry co-signs" The co-signs help, and are what fans expect of a rapper whose popular.

    • The Obvious

      You must not have noticed that Schoolboy Q and Ab Soul are features on Macklemore's album, one half of the hottest West Coast crew out, Black Hippy. Mackelmore has some co-signs...

    • Anonymous

      You mean that's what pop fans expect?

    • Anonymous

      its more respectable to do it on your own without big names or a big label behind you

  • Anonymous

    The label is the one counting it. That's why Ross is still around.

  • Anonymous

    He's gone gold 4 times, so that's 2 mill and change. Then add digital sales for 5 albums, and any worldwide revenue, and he's pretty close to 5. Not saying that's impressive. It's not, but Mackelmore hasn't even sold 1 yet.

  • Anonymous

    Ross has worked with industry stars like Jay Z, Drake, Dre, Jamie Foxx, Robin Thicke, etc. Who has Mackelmore worked with? Nobody. Next....

    • Anonymous

      Macklemore doesnt need two dozen big name industry co-signs he still gonna go plat and probably have another multi plat single

  • Anonymous

    You already know he hasn't. You also know he's sold 5 million albums worldwide. Will the Seattle Slosh ever do that, or is he just planning on living off Thrift Shop for the rest of his fifteen minute career?

  • Anonymous

    "last album sold 3400 first week. cant wait to see his next flop" Ja Rule has sold 20 million albums. Has your drunk hero?

  • Anonymous

    Gets you to respond EVERY SINGLE TIME.

  • Anonymous

    "macklemore is still gonna go platinum before any pitbull album does" Which means absolutely nothing.

  • Anonymous

    "You were dissing Pitbull when he said something about Wayne, but now you want to use Pitbull's success to diss Macklemore" Because I think anyone who pretends to own a city is a homo. Music wise, he's got some good shit.

  • tyrs

    even pitbull is clearly better and is better at rapping than this wacklemore. i could fall asleep while listening to wacklemore, just too boring. but that makes him radio friendly, cause hes a commercial "hopper" and ppl who usually listen to pop, like that ofc!

  • Anonymous

    Fuck you niggas talking about I live in Seattle and I was never a Macklemore fan

    • Anonymous

      Pay that no mind, it's nonsense from an internet weirdo who swears he knows everything about everything.

  • Anonymous

    "choke on a bag of dicks bozo" ^ I can't stop loL-ing Do the chorus with that voice, loL!

  • Anonymous

    "and i rest my case. no one bother arguing with this man any more" Bitch, you never had a case. Pitbull has a worldwide fanbase. Drunklemore is a Seattle fluke who better enjoy his fifteen minutes of sobriety.

    • Anonymous

      There's no Drunklemore, dumbass.

    • Anonymous

      macklemore is still gonna go platinum before any pitbull album does

    • Anonymous

      A fanbase is a fanbase, why are you trying to spin it to benefit you because you want to win an argument? You were dissing Pitbull when he said something about Wayne, but now you want to use Pitbull's success to diss Macklemore. GO GET YOU SOME PROFESSIONAL HELP QUOTE-MAN!

  • Anonymous

    "A fanbase is a fanbase" True, but for 10 years all he had was a local one.

  • JA RULE NEW RECORD WILL MURDER THESE RECORD SALES

    JA RULE NEW RECORD WILL MURDER THESE RECORD SALES

  • dentaldamboy

    What I mean by spending a lot of time with birdman is helping him account sales and prepare for Rich Gang and Jay Sean's next album. None of that gay shit.

    • Anonymous

      Everything you say are lies. YMCMB are not productive. PJ Morton is not gonna have a #1 debut; that shit won't make the Billboard 200.

    • dentaldamboy

      It's not a tale. This is real shit. YMCMB is productive. PJ Morton released an album and Jay Sean will release his next album. PJ Morton is on track for a huge no. 1 debut.

    • dentaldamboy is a faggot

      I enjoy worshipping birdmans tiny cock

    • Anonymous

      Whatever you say, fag. Stay living in fantasyland and making up fairy tales.

  • Anonymous

    "He had a strong following before the Heist" Yeah. In Seattle.

  • Anonymous

    "cant wait to rub it in when kendrick goes plat before ross" This is something really serious for you lol Until Kendrick catches up to Ross's discography, and puts up some good worldwide numbers, then his platinum plague, assuming he gets it, means nothing.

  • Anonymous

    "hes used to listening to pitbull over those great club beats" At least Pitbull knows how to make an interesting song.

  • df

    macklemores albums is a trashy commercial shit album. nothing special on it, very weak beats and production. and the rapping... who wants to listen such an ugly voice anyway? on thrift shop, its just the most annoying track ever. this stupid trompete make my ear bleed and his childish voice even more. how in hell would u listen to that if ure into hiphop? no way man. hiphop died, even good albums of snoop dogg or LL cool j cant save hiphop anymore. cause the people are into "hot names" and commercial pop sounds (will.i.am, nicki minaj rofl)

  • Anonymous

    "Slow beats? Half the album isn't even slow" I heard the songs, and none of them are fast paced. To be honest, it sounds like Christian Rock lol

  • Anonymous

    "He's on his way to platinum, though" Shipping platinum isn't the same as SELLING platinum. Remember that.

    • Anonymous

      How is shipping platinum not the same as selling platinum you nimwit?. Are the industry distributors shipping albums to retailers for free? They count as sells because the retailers are paying at a per unit/cd price they pay maybe 3-5 bucks per then sell it for 10-18.

    • Anonymous

      he will have sold a million by the end of summer and then what are you gonna bitch about cant wait to rub it in when kendrick goes plat before ross

  • XposeD

    @ Officer Ricky I agree but take Kendrick Lamar out of that statement. Do your research...the one who killed 2Pac was dat snitch nigga HAITIAN JACK!

  • Anonymous

    My friend has a cousin that's working on Kanye's new album and he said there's a song on there with Joe Budden and Drake...that shit is going to be crazy

  • Anonymous

    Will i Am must of sold minus 3,000 in he's 3rd week with #WillPower lmao

  • Anonymous

    ll flopped hard lmao

  • $wag Out

    the nigga french montana going plat in a month or less

  • dentaldamboy

    You YMCMB haters are fucking idiots. Because I'm an accountant for Cash Money Records, I spend a lot of time with Birdman. He told me that in 96, Biggie was looking to get out of his contract with Bad Boy so he could sign with Cash Money. If Cash Money is right for Biggie, then it's clearly the top record label. Unfortunately, Jay-Z and Diddy found out about Biggie's upcoming departure and had him shot. Also, Birdman as always a role model for Pac. Most of you don't know this, but the song Hit Em Up was originally supposed to be Split Em Up, a song where Pac brags about fucking Faith, leading to her breakup with BIG. But Birdman explained to Pac that real gangsta's talking about killing people, so that's how Hit Em Up took on such a violent tone.. YMCMB for life. We got the game by the clit!

    • dentaldamboy

      What i meant when i said i spend alot of time with birdman is that he sticks his fingers up my ass and then pulls them out and smells them. Then he sticks his hand up into my turd chamber and jacks off my shit. Afterwards he stuck a blender up my ass and turned it on, then my ass started bleeding, and now i have a man period. Then i was brave and let birdman shove a toaster up my peehole, he turned it on and my pubes caught on fire, so i had to piss all over my dick to put it out. When birdman nuts in my mouth i partially swallow his love juices, and i use the rest to lube his asshole. Then i yell out birdmans alter ego 'dick cheese hamster scrotum' while he violently sticks his cock into my right ear, and i make gargling sounds as i imitate swallowing birdmans steamy ass butter. yes, i am a faggot

  • RICKY ROZAY

    FUCK KENDRICK LAMAR, J. COLE, 2 CHAINZ, ODD FUTURE, LUPE FIASCO, MEEK MILL, WALE, DRAKE, WIZ KHALIFA, BIG SEAN, KID CUDI, B.O.B, MAC MILLER, YELAWOLF, LAUGHTERHOUSE, MACHINE GUN KELLY AND ALL THESE WACK FRESHMEN RAPPERS THAT SOLD THEIR SOUL TO THE DEVIL. FUCK EMINEM, JAY-Z, LIL WAYNE, KANYE WEST, DR. DRE, DIDDY AND NAS FOR MAKING SONGS WITH THOSE WACK RAPPERS. KILL THE ILLUMINATI! THEY KILLED PAC, EAZY-E AND BIGGIE! ONLY DMX AND ICE CUBE REMAINED THE TRUE WARRIOR FOR THE KILLUMINATI SOLDIERS! LISTEN TO REAL MUSIC LIKE IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, LOWKEY, K-RINO, DIABOLIC, APATHY, CELPH TITLED, VINNIE PAZ, SEAN PRICE, HOPSIN, MC JIN, NECRO, CANIBUS AND ALL THE REAL UNDERGROUND LEGENDS!! #BAWSE!!!!!!!

    • XposeD

      I agree but take Kendrick Lamar out of that statement. Do your research...the one who killed 2Pac was dat snitch nigga HAITIAN JACK!

  • YEBO

    Macklemore is trash. Definitely the most hyped up rapper out right now, even more than Kendrick. I can't even count how many times I've heard "He's saving rap, he's a real rapper". This cat is so fucking overrated its not even funny. What about him is good? His flow is terribly overrated, his lyrics are corny as fuck. Oh he raps about real shit so that makes him good? Lil B made a fucking album with substance too does that make him good? And don't even get me started on that trash Ryan Lewis calls "beats" Some of the corniest, cheesiest pop sounding production I've heard in a while. Its not about race but lets be real if Macklemore was black he would be another Charles Hamilton. He is a gimmick and a hype machine and will be forgotten about in a couple of years just like most of the other trash mainstream artists like Tyga, 2 Chainz, Nicki, and Future, and a shit ton more. Nothing special about this clown, what a joke hip hop has become if this guy is "raw" or "real af".

    • Sammy

      Macklemore flash in the pan?? Hahahaha. He had a strong following before the Heist. How is a hype machine?? He's not on a label. Please enough of that Charles Hamilton crap. Also, many fans that heard him for the first time thought he was black before they saw him on tv. Color means nothing. Some of his best songs aren't from The Heist ala Otherside and And We Danced.

    • sda

      ure so so right, that macklemore guy is HORRIBLE and has nothing to do with hiphop. fucking PUSSY RAP shit...

    • Anonymous

      Kill yourself for the bullshit lies you said.

  • Greatest Rapper Never

    Damnit yall I almost cracked the top 200 this week! My newest album "The Greatest Rapper Never: Greatest Hits Volume 2" came in at #201 last week with 16 units I was able to sell out the trunk of my car! Find me posted with my trunk popped on the corner and cop yourself a a copy and maybe next week I'll be on that list! Matter fact, I'll roll to where you at! Just reply to this post with your home address and I'll show up at your front door tomorrow!

  • Sammy

    I laugh so hard whe people hate on Macklemore. 1.Quit being salty that he's Indy and selling more than your favorite rapper 2.He has a good enough flow and has a better flow than most out there 3.He does have substance, listen to Neon Cathedrals, Wing$, and Otherside 4.Why would Macklemore buy his albums? He's not Baby and Lil Wayne 5. He is nothing like Vanilla Ice and the reason why he is selling is because he's a crossover artist 6. He does have a gay uncle and he was important in legalizing Same Sex marriage in Washington, not doing it for publicity. 7. Macklemore had a strong fanbase before the Heist so he didn't just come out of nowhere. 8. Who gives a f if he's white??

  • sever246

    If Talib Kweli releases an album and nobody hears it does it make a sound? Seriously I had no clue Kweli was still releasing music

  • real nigguh

    Fck this I'm still trippin off of ol dude giving up his scholarship for a rap career lmao where are the parents yo

  • Anonymous

    * thrift shop chorus * quote-man is a bitch ass copying and pasting comments thinks he's legit but he ain't sh^t choke on a bag of dicks bozo

    • Anonymous

      "Thrift Shop Remix" You ain't a motherfuckin G like me, Your only half a man, now go sit down to pee, Quote Man bumps Port of Miami not that Heist bullshit, Now go use some mouthwash to get the taste of Macklemore's dick off your lips, bitch!

  • Anonymous

    "I didn't know Van Winkle had a kid that got a rap career" Yeah. His name is Ben Haggerty AKA Macklemore.

  • Anonymous

    "im saying who else been on this list every week since october? NO ONE" And what I'm saying is dude still isn't platinum. I said the same thing a month ago.

    • Anonymous

      He's on his way to platinum, though. That's what motherfuckers have been saying for a while.

  • Anonymous

    "why are you taking your anger out on Kendrick when there's worst artists out there?" It's not that serious. He's talented. No disputing that. It's just sad that with all the vets flopping, this dude with the slow beats is somehow bucking the trend.

    • Anonymous

      Slow beats? Half the album isn't even slow. And there's worse artists out there hopping on the trap/swag bandwagon.

  • Anonymous

    "the difference is macklemore knew he had a serious problem and fixed it now he sober and selling more than your favorite major label rappers" Right now he is. I'll give you that.

  • Anonymous

    "No; that title goes to Tha Alkoholiks" Even Tash had to shake his head and say, "Damn whiteboy, slow down on the Budweiser.

  • RIAA

    We, at the RIAA, are proud to announce that we officially have a new certification for record sales. It's called silver, where an artist sell 250,000 copies of a record.

  • still

    not showin a papoose total..is it rly that embarrassing?

  • wouzi

    congrats to my nigga macklemore for getting that indie money. tip,weezy,game,tyga and meek flopped real bad. k.lamar and macklemore are going on platinum

    • Anonymous

      His last album did more than his recent one, that's a flop for Wayne.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne's going to be gold in another month. How is that a flop?

    • wouzi

      congrats to my nigga macklemore for getting that indie money. tip,weezy,game,tyga and meek flopped real bad. k.lamar and macklemore are going to platinum

  • Anonymous

    Quote-man is back taking his anger out on anyone praising Kendrick and Macklemore.

  • Anonymous

    "cool but macklemore is the real king then" The King Of The Alcoholics.

    • Anonymous

      plenty of alcoholics in rap. you think you're favorite rapper doesnt drink every night? the difference is macklemore knew he had a serious problem and fixed it now he sober and selling more than your favorite major label rappers

    • Anonymous

      No; that title goes to Tha Alkoholiks.

    • Anonymous

      No. The king of white rap, after Eminem.

  • Anonymous

    "do you realize kendricks album has sold over twice what waynes did?" Quick questions. Has Kendrick ever sold a million in a week? Has he ever gone triple platinum, or sold 200 million digital singles? Or... does he have a net worth of $90 million dollars? The answers to those awesome questions is no. He's not even platinum despite months of hype and fanboys literally jumpin on his dick proclaiming him the hero of hip hop.

    • C

      For the record, I don't think any fanboys 'literally' jumped on his dick, there would probably be an article about it on this site if that happened (on worldstar at the very least).

    • Anonymous

      Exactly niggas keep jockin kendrick but he's nowhere near the top he may be lyrical but he has a long way to go before he gets to the top

    • Anonymous

      Quote-man, why are you taking your anger out on Kendrick when there's worst artists out there?

    • Anonymous

      Fuck all of those accomplishments. Wayne is a pop sellout. Kendrick makes better music. You sound like a mainstream fanboy.

  • Anonymous

    "What happen to Pappoose?" They threw him in the same cell with Remy Ma. Now they can both rot.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule will save hip-hop.

  • Anonymous

    "that have dropped albums and disappeared off the charts like T.I., Asap Rocky, Tyga, Game, Meek Mill" Don't get caught up in the hype simply because Kendrick started off fast. He should be platinum by now. Nobody thought Meek Mill would go platinum, so selling in the 300,000 range wasn't bad for him. If his second album does those #'s then yeah, he's done for.

  • YEBO

    GO AND BUY NEW TALIB KWELI ALBUM! THAT SHIT IS CLASSIC. AND OTHERWISE, Y'ALL BITCHES, GHOSTFACE FLOPPED, NOT THE NEW SOUNDTRACK. NOTHING NEW ON THERE, JUST SAME OL' STORIES. LL COOL J FLOPPED TOO, YEAR AGO, HE WAS DOING COMMERCIAL SHIT, NOW HE WANTS TO BE "AUTHENTIC". HE FLOPPED ANYWAY. AND RITTZ IS WACK, I DON'T GET WHY HE SIGNED WITH STRANGE MUSIC. TECH N9NE IS A WACK RAPPER WHO LIKES TO PAINT HIS FACE AND WORSHIP SATAN IN SECRECY. FUCK THAT STUPID DEVIL-WORSHIPPING RAP NIGGAS, THIS AIN'T THE REAL HIP-HOP! HOW CAN SOMEBODY RAP IF HE WORSHIP SATAN? HE SHOULD GO AND MAKE SOME METAL MUSIC, SOONER OR LATER, HE WILL HAVE SLIPKNOT, LORDI OR GORGOROTH ON FEATURING. IT'S SAD THAT RITTZ SOLD MORE THAN TALIB YET. HIP HOP IS DEAD - WE NEED NEW GUCCI MANE ALBUM TO COME OUT.

  • Shamba Menelek

    I cant believe Wayne about to go gold for what was basically a retail mixtape. Say what you want about Ymcb but they know how to sell records. Amazing! They started of with 200,000 the first week and wayne bout to go gold and is selling strong. And he about to even bigger numbers when the next carter drops if history repeats itself. Macklemore still selling 30 k a week that mofo bout to go platinum. Him and Kendrick. Kendrick just released the vid for Bitch Dont Kill my vibe which should boost sales. I guess what that showed me if u do something that stands out amongst the crowd and u got a machine behind u u can still sell some records.

  • dentaldamboy

    I'm a bitch ass troll without a life.

    • Anonymous

      dentaldamboy probably likes Justin Bieber.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne is not hip-hop, he's pop rap. Yeah, JT, who's not overrated, is pop, but he's good pop, not terrible pop.

    • dentaldamboy

      My parents have been dead for years. Wayne is hiphop. Besides, Timberlake is pop, yet you like his overrated shit.

    • dentaldamboy's mom

      You don't want me and your dad to put you up for adoption now, do you son?

    • Anonymous

      You're the gay faggot here. Wayne is not hip-hop, but a shitty pop artist. Jay and Eminem are still and will forever be hip-hop artists.

    • dentaldamboy

      Wow you sound like a gay faggot right now listening to Jay Z. I bet you sucked dick and like taking it up the ass. Wayne is hiphop. Jay Z and Eminem were hiphop at one point but are now pop artists who collaborate with Slut Rihanna and Gay Pink.

    • Anonymous

      Why are people buying it? It's not because of him being dope, which he's not. It's because he's a pop artist who makes mainstream-friendly songs that kids listen to.

    • dentaldamboy

      If wayne contributed to hiphop's downfall, then why are people still buying it. Because he's dope.

    • Anonymous

      That's a joke, right? Wayne has contributed to hip-hop's downfall and coonery. He didn't change shit and he made hip-hop haters hate it even more.

    • dentaldamboy

      Fake ass nigga using my name. Im not even telling you to like Wayne. All I want is for you to respect Wayne's contributions to vulture. He changed hiphop for the better even if you can't see that. He got haters of hiphop to love it again.

  • when ja rules new album drops it will shatter all sales records.

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Kendrick and Macklemore for making it in an industry full of phonys and pop rappers.

  • Anonymous

    Universal Music is making money hand over fist, wow!

  • Fish

    shut da fuck up ................................................................bitch

  • vitilie i go...

    french the montana will cell over 900,000 copies of Excuse His French next week and oh yea b4 i go... i think its time 4 Snoop Doggy Loin to get the fuck out of here go smoke some pot somewhere and shut de fuck up u piece of loin shit... and WEEZY is de best rapper 2 ever do dat shit....piece

    • Anonymous

      that makes complete sense bro,

    • Vinny

      French Montana will sell a million but can only report 50k copies because he gets secretly paid to withold information. BTW, Im an accountant for MMG.

    • Anonymous

      Both of you are fucking idiots. French will sell 45k at the most. And Wayne is not the best rapper, but the worst.

    • Vinny

      Cosign. Vinny will sell over a million. The problem is that billboard are a bunch of haters and wil deduct most of the sales saying Montana will sell 50k when he actually sold well over a million.

  • Chris Etrata

    Wow this dentalboy is delusional. Im wondering, who actually handles YMCMB finances?

  • Anonymous

    Whose buying that wack ass Macklemore shit?

  • Bobyahed2dis

    Wayne is well on his way to reaching gold and Kendrick Lamar is about to fall off the charts and never reach the platinum status, and ll cool j seems to still be recovering from that canibus beef, of course nobody is suprised because young money dominates everything!!!

    • whocaresidont

      I don't think LL has put out any quality since the Canibus beef, but if you just go by sales: 2000- GOAT Gold 2002- 10 GOLD 2004- DEFinition GOLD 2006- Todd Smith GOLD 2008- Exit 13- #9 album debut

    • Chris Etrata

      Wayne won't reach Kendrick's sales however. And K Dot will go platinum eventually.

  • Fish

    If that fucking skidmark Macklemore catches Kendrick, i am going to publicly shit my pants in protest.

  • dentaldamboy

    HAHAHA! That Great Gatsby Soundtrack flopped. Wayne sold far more than 20 artists put together. Jay Z's next album will also flop.

    • comeonfeelthenoize

      Boys stop fighting, can't we all get along and have a dance party while blaring Great Gasby and I am Not a Human Being Pt 2 songs on full blast!?? COME ON BOYZ!

    • YADIG

      DENTALBOY, YOU A HOE ASS BITCH.

    • Anonymous

      No. Wayne fell of and JT/Jay-Z are not wack.

    • dentaldamboy

      Don't you mean Wayne hasn't fallen off and Jay Z/T are wack.

    • Anonymous

      Everything you say is a lie. TJay-Z hasn't fallen off. Those classic albums are classic, no question about it. JT and Jay-Z are not wack anbd they don't sound gay/uninspired. That goes to Wayne, who, BTW, sounds like shit when he raps and sings. He can't play guitar and he can't skate. Many rappers have done that and done it better.

    • dentaldamboy

      All I've read is that you admitted that Jay Z has fallen off hard. And those "classic albums" were merely good at best. JT and JZ are both wack who sounds gay and uninspired. Wayne sounds great when rapping and singing. He's a guitar hero and a skater. Which rapper can ever claim that?

    • Anonymous

      Wow, you're stupid. The only wack albums Jay dropped was Kingdom Come, BP2 & 3, Vol 1, and the Roc Dynasty album. Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album are undeniable classics. He doesn't need to retire and neither does JT, because he still making great music. Wayne needs to retire because he sounds uninspired and lazy and is just rehashing old rhymes.

    • dentaldamboy

      Kingdom Come sucks but so does every single album post 2002. Even his albums before then were just ok. Jay Z needs to retire because he's sounds more tired than Dr Dre. JT needs to retire because that shit sounds gay.

    • Anonymous

      I'm not even a Jay-Z fan, but I respect his contributions to the culture. I hate the Kingdom Come album. 217k for Wayne is definitely a flop, but 137k for a movie soundtrack isn't. You're not an accountant and Jay-Z has no soundtrack. JT isn't wack; he's one of the few male pop artists out now who makes good music.

    • dentaldamboy

      You're a Jay Z stan aren't you? You defend 130k copies but call 230k copies of wayne's album as a flop. Im am certainly an accountant and Jay Z's soundtrack flopped. JT is wack by the way. If you aren't a Jay Z stan, give me one song he sucks in.

    • Anonymous

      Why don't you just quit, dentalboy? You're not gonna convince anyone to believe your lies.

    • Anonymous

      1. Again, you're not an accountant, you're a troll. 2. It doesn't mean it's his album. 3. Billboard aren't worried because YMCMB does not dominate and there's no unaccounted sales; INAHB2 only sold 423k while JT, who's not a wack singer, but a good one, sold more. 4. YMCMB doesn't sell plenty. 5. The only legends at YMCMB are Busta and Mystikal, whose current CM work is the worst in their catalog. Wayne's not a legend. 6. You're being a dickrider defending someone who doesn't know you. 7. That song is not on the album.

    • dentaldamboy

      1. You got that backwards. Im an accountant, you're the troll. 2. Jay Z oversaw the project and caused the film's delay of 5 months. He basically handled the soundtrack and choose the artists. 3. Billboard scared that YMCMB would dominate (which we are) and transferred unaccounted sales of IANAHB2 to Justin Timberlake, a wack singer. 4. YMCMB sells plenty 5. YMCMB is full of legends like Wayne and Busta and Mystikal (the last 2 sound far better at YMCMB than their previous projects. 6. What's wrong with being a stan? Im an accountant so Im friends. 7. You can find no church in the wild on the deluxe edition.

    • Anonymous

      1. You're not an accountant, you're a troll. 2. Ececutive-producing an album doesn't make it Jay-Z album. If it was Jay-Z's album, it'd been called "Jay-Z's The Great Gatsby Soundtrack," not just "The Great Gatsby Soundtrack. 3. Billboard doesn't pay YMCMB or anyone shit. They're not worried about shit; they've been around since the 50s. 4. YMCMB sales, which aren't that much, isn't gonna hurt Billboard's credibility. 5. YMCMB has no legends besides Busta Rhymes and Mystikal. 6. You're not part of YMCMB,. you're just a stan. 7. Jay-Z only has one song on the soundtrack, you dumbass; $100 Bill. No Church In The Wild is not on there.

    • dentaldamboy

      Oh and Jay Z has been flopping. Watch The Throne only went platinum despite featuring Kayne West when his last few albums by himself went at least 2x platinum. Greatest Hits Vol. 1 flopped hard and went wood.

    • dentaldamboy

      This shit is real. This "tale" of me being an accountant is real. If Jay Z executive produced this album, it's his album too. Billboard pays us because they are worried that YMCMB sales will cause their credibility to decline. In fact, YMCMB have legends. Yet we go along with their plan because hey, we get more money. BTW, Jay Z has 2 songs on the album. $100 bill and No Church In The Wild.

    • Anonymous

      Dude, stop making up lies. You're not an accountant, get out of fantasyland. YMCMB doesn't get paid to withhold info; it serves no purpose. Billboard doesn't pay anyone shit. The soundtrack is not Jay-Z's album, you dumbass; he only has one song on there.

    • dentaldamboy

      I am too an accountant. And I know that YMCMB gets paid to withhold information. You want to know why? It's because they are fucking haters of YMCMB just like you. They pay us so that way, it looks like we are flopping when we are not. Even with the accounted sales, IANAHB2 sold far better than Jay Z this time. If he put money into this, it's his album.

    • Anonymous

      Goddamn, you're stupid. You're not an accountant, Wayne sold 960k with Tha Carter 4. They don't get paid to withold information. They can't do that because that's fraud and it serves no purpose. Jay-Z only put money into the soundtrack and recorded one song, so it's not his. And it's not a flop. You're being the hater.

    • dentaldamboy

      Im an accountant so I know I get paid to withhold information. Wayne actually sold almost a million opening week like Tha Carter 4 but because Billboard is composed of haters, they paid me to withold information. Also, I know they only do this with our company. Jay Z did handle the soundtrack to Gatsby so its his flop. No if's ands or buts. You are just a hater here.

    • Anonymous

      You're the dumb motherfucker here. Wayne selling 217k is a flop when his last album before that sold 4x that. This isn't a Jay-Z soundtrack; it's a soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. Also, Billboard doesn't pay anyone to not reveal information; it serves no puropse and that's fraud. When it comes to record sales, Billboard reports everything, no ifs, ands, or buts. And who's "we?" You're just a troll.

    • dentaldamboy

      You're a fucking dumbass you know that right. How is Wayne's 230k sales a flop (and that's in accounted sales because billboard pays us secretly to withold information) but 137k copies of a Jay Z soundtrack isn't a flop? You are a dumb motherfucker.

    • Anonymous

      dentalbitch, we all know you're not an accountant, but a troll on the internet.

    • Anonymous

      This isn't Jay-Z's album, dumbass. It's a fucking soundtrack that Jay-Z has one song in. The album is not a flop; it'll sell. Wayne's album will go gold at the most and that's it. There's no such thing as unaccounted sales; ALL sales count.

    • dentaldamboy

      And "fucking Jay Z" flopped with this album. Meanwhile, Wayne is going at least gold if not platinum in accounted sales while Great Gatsby is going wood at best.

    • Anonymous

      Jay'Z's next album won't flop; it's fucking Jay-Z. Every album he releases goes platinum. You want him to flop, but he won't.

    • dentaldamboy

      And I lead that company. The point here is that Wayne sold far better than 20 artists on a soundtrack combined.

    • HAhahahah!!

      This fool here, YMCMB Has a COMPANY that deals with their finances. Not some blogger!

    • dentaldamboy

      It worked for me because im an accountant at ymcmb. BTW, a soundtrack with various artists should be able to sell significantly better because all of them have their fans.

    • TRUTH

      First of all its a soundtrack, and there was only ONE Jay Z song so how is it considered his "album". Return back to highschool cause dropping out isnt working out for you

  • aaronj

    li lwayen still selling ? he is the biggest fake rapper EVER

  • alphons1212

    asap flopped, game fllopped, ti flopped, REAL HIP HOP WON

  • trololty1

    cool to see kednrick winning, he deserves it after having released the only classic of this new generation

    • Anonymous

      its gonna happen for sure bud. the fact that he still on the charts says a lot when you look at all the artists that have dropped albums and disappeared off the charts like T.I., Asap Rocky, Tyga, Game, Meek Mill,

    • Anonymous

      He was all the talk until Macklemore showed up. I doubt he goes platinum now. The hype died down.

  • albrown45

    congrats to kendrick & macklemore. even if I'm not a fan, I can admit that gkmc was ahead of its time, but I don't like macklemore doe

  • martianglob123

    kendrick going plat, hip hop is cool again !

  • BLACK THOUGHT

    L.L. bought all of those albums himself. Talib, it's not in the cards man- these folk want that garbage music. AYO snoop, damn you for making that sorry asz record!

  • WOW

    WHY DID AESOP ROCKY steal A$AP ROCKY NAME? WOW RAP HAS NO ORIGINALLY

  • CRACK BABY

    I CAN'T BELIEVE THERE ARE 5,000 NERDS THAT KNOW WHO AESOP ROCK IS...

    • itdoesntmatter

      He's probably sold around 1 million units in his career. If this one were called "Aesop Rock" instead of "Uncluded" it would have sold at least 10-15,000 this week.

  • Chi-Ill

    Embarrassing sales! Dam!

  • Anonymous

    Rap music is the fucking worst, no wonder this site is written by and for motherfucking retards. A few commenters try to elevate shit but it's futile.

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzBh55tD_eg

  • Anonymous

    mack killin these major label artist

    • Anonymous

      Either way, he's winning, no matter how many excuses your hating ass use.

    • itdoesntmatter

      1. Payola..in cahoots with arm of major label 2. Gay rights are trendy + he's "Ellen"- friendly 3. Early 90s nostalgia is trendy- Vanilla Ice in Michael Jackson Cap'in Crunch suit.

  • Baby!

    Only Ja Rule can save Hip Hop with his dynamic combination of grimy, hardcore lyricism and heart felt ballads! Pain is Love, Baby!

    • TRUTH

      TMZ reported that he a 3 way with BEYONCE and BABY BLUE when he got out of prison??? Is he your idol still?

  • Mr. No

    Macklemore is trash. Definitely the most hyped up rapper out right now, even more than Kendrick. I can't even count how many times I've heard "He's saving rap, he's a real rapper". This cat is so fucking overrated its not even funny. What about him is good? His flow is terribly overrated, his lyrics are corny as fuck. Oh he raps about real shit so that makes him good? Lil B made a fucking album with substance too does that make him good? And don't even get me started on that trash Ryan Lewis calls "beats" Some of the corniest, cheesiest pop sounding production I've heard in a while. Its not about race but lets be real if Macklemore was black he would be another Charles Hamilton. He is a gimmick and a hype machine and will be forgotten about in a couple of years just like most of the other trash mainstream artists like Tyga, 2 Chainz, Nicki, and Future, and a shit ton more. Nothing special about this clown, what a joke hip hop has become if this guy is "raw" or "real af"

    • Cudder

      look everyone knows Macklemore isn't the GOAT of anything... doesn't mean he's horrible. flow is subjective, you either like a rapper's flow or you don't, clearly a lot of people like it so who cares? my favorite rapper's flow isn't the favorite as yours... Macklemore has two huge singles on Billboard, so maybe some bimbos will claim he's saving rap but at least he's not a trash rapper, and he has much more of a leg up in the game than Tyga or 2 Chainz. he's a decent rapper at best, there's a lot worse he could be rapping about at least he's mainstream with a message, and those kind of rappers never hurt. if he bothers you so much, focus on what you like

    • Mr. No

      Kendrick is very talented but yes he's overrated. Much better than Macklemore however.

    • Anonymous

      Kendrick overrated?? Heard overly dedicated?? Nah man Kendrick is as good as they come...

    • Mr. No

      I mentioned that Lil B made a terrible album with substance, just like Macklemore. Can you fucking read?

    • Truth

      Your argument is automatically invalid as soon as you mentioned LIL B smh

  • Anonymous

    Gatsby is fucking horrible-- the soundtrack and the movie, which makes "State Property" seem like "The Godfather." This was a set up by the studio + record label by the way, watch that horrendous soundtrack push four figures next week... It's not even as good as "Sunset Park"!!!!

  • WTF is wrong with people

    How the fuck rittz fall off so hard? His shit is the best album i have heard for years. Solid as fuck from beginning to end. The 2kteen era is F U C K E D.

    • itdoesntmatter

      Those are just the type of numbers his tier is doing these days. Probably better off giving away music and making money off shows and sponsors, if you aren't going at least Gold (maybe 100,000 independent) or don't have 5-million digital download singles you can pimp forever.

    • Anonymous

      what does being an alcoholic have to do with anything? you think rittz doesnt drink and get fucked up on drugs? at least macklemore realized he had a problem and got better.

    • Mr. No

      I'm not a huge Rittz fan but his album was solid, much better than that alcoholic Macklemore's. He deserved better numbers than he had.

    • Anonymous

      when u sell 14k first i wouldnt say he fell off

  • Come On

    Honestly I find Kendrick Lamar like Game of Thrones it's like the media and these Fanboy's are Forcing us to like Kendrick Lamar and if you don't like him losers on this site get all offended and Cut you up..Well Guess what I don't like Him and Don't Have to like him!!Cause you tell me too or its the cool and trendy thing to do, I find him Overatted and and I've heard most of his album and its not as good as everyone was telling me and either is he..On ASAP rockys 1 Train he didn't even have the top 3 best verses on the track,, jay-z version of Bitch don't kill my vibe is waaay better than Kendricks aswell.. I don't care what you haters say about the Game I enjoyed Jesus piece more! the beats are better too and the feature that Game had with kendrick on his Jesus Piece? Game's verse was better too.. You guys are free to like what you want and voice your opinions but don't expect everyone to have the same one of get pissy when they disagree with you... I just can't handle the Cartoon flow he does sometimes DMX was better at it,,I.e Swimming pools.

    • Anonymous

      fan boys are usually at least half right.

    • Come On

      @Anonymous See you Proved my point the funny thing is I actually like Game of Thrones and I watch it weekly I was using it as an example of something being pushed to the fullest extent by the media and fanboys so who's the loser now again ppl are allowed to have their own opinions so grow up!!!

    • ETK

      you can like what you want but you're just soundin like a lame hipster... no one forcing you to like anything. I guess maybe Kendrick isn't cut out for you, maybe you don't like his voice or nothin, cause to say Jay-Z's verse was better than his... well.. ok, again that's your opinion I won't knock it but hey personally I'd choose an album with crisp storytelling over an album with 30 features and a bunch of thrown-in religious references

    • Locc

      Games of Thrones is dope but it doesn't touch Breaking Bad or The Wire.

    • Anonymous

      whoa dont get ahead of yourself, game of thrones is the GOAT tv show

    • Anonymous

      I can't lie Im hood as come... but I love G>O>T Calisy leader of the Targarrians would get it!

    • 100

      Co sign I think people just like this little dude because all the other rappers are a billion times worst. There are no 'good' rappers these days... So as soon as a dude comes out who doesn't suck as much as the rest of the rappers, he suddenly becomes king of rap. Kendrick shines brightest because he has no competition....Of course you're going to look good when the other new rappers out are Meek, 2Chainz, Future, French Montana, Big Sean, etc If we were in an era of lyricists, no one would be paying attention to Kendrick Lamar.

    • Anonymous

      Game of Thrones is amazing you fucking loser, you're missing out.

  • Anonymous

    somethings up with these numbers...just like the Vevo views these numbers are made up...

  • Anonymous

    1. Lady Antebellum Golden - 169,300 2. Various Artists The Great Gatsby OST 135,500 3. Various Artists Now Thats What I Call Music Vol. 46 - 88,300 4. Michael Buble To Be Loved - 87,400 5. Pistol Annies Annie Up 82,800 6. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Eexperience 66,000 7. Rod Stewart Time - 51,000 8. Kenny Chesney Life On a Rock - 47,700 9. Blake Shelton Based On a True Story - 37,600 10. Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox 35,200 11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist 30,800 12. P!nk Truth About Love - 30,100 13. Imagine Dragons Night Visions - 28,400 14. Various Artists Music of Nashville, Season 1 Vol. 2 27,700 15. Florida Georgia Line Heres to the Good Time - 22,800 16. She & Him Volume 3 22,150 17. Natalie Maines Mother 22,100 18. The Band Perry Pioneer 21,700 19. Fantasia Side Effects of You - 21,100 20. Alan Jackson Precious Memories, Vol. II 20,100 21. Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being II 18,600 22. Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll - 18,300 23. Lumineers Lumineers - 15,400 24. Rihanna Unapologetic 15,000 25. Fitz and the Tantrums More Than Just a Dream - 14,900 26. Fun. Some Nights 14,700 27. Straight No Chaser Under the Influence 14,400 28. Mumford and Sons Babel 14,380 29. Adele 21 14,000 30. Various Artists Now Country Party 13,400 31. Luke Bryan Spring BreakHere to Party 13,000 32. Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom - 12,600 33. Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal 12,100 34. Patty Griffin American Kid 12,000 35. Taylor Swift Red 11,800 36. Brad Paisley Wheelhouse - 11,700 37. Little Big Town Tornado - 11,200 38. Maroon 5 Overexposed 10,800 39. Luke Bryan Tailgates and Tanlines 10,250 40. Knife Party Haunted House EP 10,200 41. Eric Church Caught in the Act 10,150 42. Jason Aldean Night Train - 10,100 43. Erich Church Chief 9,900 44. Kid Cudi Indicud - 9,850 45. Phillip Phillips World From the Side of the Moon - 9,800 46. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city 9,500 47. Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious 9,400 48. Various Artists Pitch Perfect OST 9,300 49. Kelly Clarkson Greatest Hits Chapter 1 9,000 50. Carrie Underwood Blown Away 8,800 from XXL HHDX yall need to step ur game up and deliver a full list

    • ETK

      no one gives a flying nutsack about the actual place of hip-hop, with all the hipsters and underground stans on here how do you not get that

    • Anonymous

      notice the numbers beside the albums that this site posts. that already shows us the "actual" place of hip-hop

    • Anonymous

      BECAUSE you fucktards it shows the ** actual ** place of hip-hop (and I use the term very loosely) in both the record industry and popular musical culture. How fucking dumb can you morons be that ya'll bullshit about 'the industry' this/that and in fact you have ZERO IDEA about business, economics, demographics etc. They should post the full list ** EVERY ** time and educate some you fools while there's still a chance.

    • Fuck Pop

      What happen to Pappoose? Havent even seen a sales count for him smh

    • yoyo

      Anyone else wants to smash Rihanna?

    • Anonymous

      most of those arent even hip-hop though. why the fuck would i wanna know how many copies carrie underwood or pink sold

    • Fuck Outta Here

      90% of those aren't hip hop, so why waste the space posting them?

  • Anonymous

    SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW MACKLEMORE IS SELLING 30K WEEKLY AND HE'S BEEN OUT FOR MONTHS. LOOKS SHADY AS FUCK CAUSE THAT ALBUM AINT REAL HIPHOP

    • ^

      No one's talking about MGK here.

    • Anonymous

      LAME WHITEBOYS DEFENDING THEIR HERO. THAT CRACKER'S FLOW IS WACK AS SHIT. GTFOH PUSSYBOYS

    • Fuck Outta Here

      Because he has popular songs that play on non hip hop radio stations. Because he has songs that are put in commercials / NBA promos. Because he's been featured a few different times in news articles on yahoo. He might not be a gangster but I'm willing to bet he'd rap circles around your ass.

    • Anonymous

      do you think hes buying his albums or something? hes independent why the fuck would he do that

    • TRUTH

      Why you MAD for? Cause he's outselling your favorite rappers. Get over yourself. People will support a good album unlike you who probably illegal downloads it off the web but have the nerve to say you support a nigga

  • Seriously...

    How can you have a 3 way with a BABY??? That is what this nigga Ja did after he got out of prison! So all you JA dickriders look at your idol. Cause TMZ reported that he had a 3 way with BEYONCE and BABY BLUE

  • Seriously...

    Think about it..how can you stick your 9 inch into a BABY??? You sick freak!

  • Anonymous

    Damn not even 10k for kweli thats fuckin sad:/

  • Lolll

    Macklemore gonna go platinum before Kendrick. Also..... TMZ reported that JA had a 3 way with BEYONCE and BABY BLUE when he got out the joint!

  • Anonymous

    congrads to macklemore he is killin it and the album is crazy!

  • fuck that

    Rittz only 17k shame on you america

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good work, nice site

  • thegame

    kendrick released a video for his single 2 days ago, it will boost his sales for enxt week, without a doubt

  • Anonymous

    Whoa, I'm surprised that The Great Gatsby Soundtrack, sold that much the first week. Y'all checkout thegrandreport, they have good stuff on there too

  • Anonymous

    K.Dot going strong!

  • bevis n butt head

    uhuhuhuh

  • Fresh 2 Def

    that time of the week yall! can yall believe it. 7th straight week that weezy f god outsells kendrick... i cant believe it. all the hype kendrick had and weezy merks him one more time! i feel bad for teh dude. but weezy on that wave of success. either get off or watch him surf baby! ya bish!

    • C

      I just love the way you are trying to but down Kendrick's album sales, but keep using "ya bish" in every statement. Trolls smh

    • Fresh 2 Def

      you other brothers is laying. acting like the summer aint mine! ya damn bish!

    • Nigga is u crazy?

      Nice. He sold twice as much as Kendrick when Kendricks album came out 5 months before his did. Try harder next time.

    • Smh

      Co Sign with Gibbs. Plus why hasnt Wayne passed platinum like he did on the Carter IV? I'll let ya ponder on that

    • gibbs

      lmao Wayne fans stay sticking to scraps right now, but i do applaud Wayne for this very week outselling an album that came out last year, a perfect achievement *sarcasm* oh and p.s, Cracklemore outsold Weezy, sit on that for a second Fresh Faggot

    • Anonymous

      cool but macklemore is the real king then

    • SoulMate

      tell em fresh!

    • Fresh 2 Def

      nobodie cares what you did last year, last month or last week. what have you done today? today lil wayne is higher records sales then kendric. thats king weezy the based god. ya bish!

    • Anonymous

      do you realize kendricks album has sold over twice what waynes did? lol @ macklemore outselling lil wayne again

  • Lolll

    Macklemore gonna go platinum before Kendrick. Also..... TMZ reported that JA had a 3 way with BEYONCE and BABY BLUE when he got out the joint.

  • bevis n butt head

    uhuhhuhuhuhhuhuhuhh

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