Star Trak/Interscope Records singer Robin Thicke achieved his first #1 album in a decade-long career. After a decline in first-week sales and chart positioning on 2011's Love After War, the Los Angeles, California native bounced back in a big way with Blurred Lines. Thicke edged out Five Finger Death Punch by a margin of over 50,000 units.
Also entering the Top 5 was Tech N9ne with his 13th studio album, Something Else. This Strange Music effort entered at #4, matching 2011's All 6's & 7's chart performance. Something Else out-sold the 11th LP by nearly 2,000 units, making it a career benchmark for the present-day king of independent Hip Hop.
In Terms Of Sales, Tech N9ne Is Something Else
Tech N9ne's third studio LP in approximately two years marks a career best for the Kansas City, Missouri musical icon. Selling over 58,000 first-week units, the album chased Jay Z's rankings with Magna Carta Holy Grail. On Tech's 13th studio effort, the onetime 816 Boyz/The Regime standout worked with Game, Cee-Lo Green and Big K.R.I.T., among an extensive list of collaborators. The LP features single "So Dope," which features Tech's artist Wrekonize (of ¡Mayday!), in addition to Atlantic Records sensation Snow Tha Product and Twisted Insane.
There Are No Blurred Lines About Robin Thicke's First #1 Album
Robin Thicke's sixth studio album (and fifth major label effort) Blurred Lines gave the longtime Hip Hop artist collaborator and Star Trak Records artist his first #1. The LP features involvement from Thicke's longtime label backer Pharrell Williams, as well as other Interscope Records star producers will.i.am and Timbaland.
Both of the album's singles have featured Hip Hop acts, with the title track "Blurred Lines" featuring T.I. and its producer Pharrell, and "Give It 2 U" featuring another Interscope-backed Cali kid in Kendrick Lamar. The first boasted a N.S.F.W. video that went viral, with topless appearances by models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue, and Elle Evans.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 8/4/2013
#1. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines - 177,000 (177,000)
#3. Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail - 62,000 (797,000)
#4. Tech N9ne - Something Else - 58,000 (58,000)
#14. J. Cole - Born Sinner - 17,000 (544,000)
#16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 17,000 (967,000)
#34. Wale - The Gifted - 10,000 (278,000)
#36. YMCMB & Friends - Rich Gang - 9,600 (33,000)
#38. Kanye West - Yeezus - 9,200 (497,000)
#64. Ace Hood - Trials & Tribulations - 6,400 (51,000)
#81. Mac Miller - Watching Movies With The Sound Off - 5,100 (167,000)
* 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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