This week on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, Eminem landed at #2 behind Lady Gaga's ARTPOP release. Eminem and Lady Gaga, both Interscope artists, were separated by approximately 50,000 units with the Top 2 albums for the week.
Eminem's MMLP 2 Goes Platinum
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 landed at #2 in this week's chart, selling approximately 210,000 units in its second week. The album, which sold more than 793,000 copies last week, has surpassed the platinum marker of a million copies sold. During this week's interview with BBC Radio 1, Eminem spoke about the recording process of this album. “Some of [The Marshall Mathers LP] themes and topics and things like that are revisited on this album,” Eminem said. “But at the same time I feel like it’s kind of a 2013 version. All my albums, I think for the most part, pretty much tell where I’m at on each one at that time period. There’s a lot of reflecting and things like that back on everything that was happening during that time. And it’s kind of like me reflecting on it and getting to the point where I am now with it.”
Aside from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem had five other albums make the Top 200 this week. The Marshall Mathers LP (#58), The Eminem Show (#88), Recovery (#107), Curtain Call (#135) and The Slim Shady LP (#173) also made the list. Last week, Eminem had eight albums on the chart, including Encore and Relapse, though both failed to chart this week.
Lady Gaga's ARTPOP, which includes appearances from Too Short, R. Kelly and T.I., sold approximately 260,000 units in its first week to surpass Eminem's second week numbers.
Jhene Aiko Breaks Into The Top 10 With Sail Out EP
This week, Jhene Aiko's Sail Out EP broke into the Top 10 after selling approximately 34,000 units in its first week to land at #8. With this EP, Jhene Aiko, who is currently opening on Drake's "Would You Like a Tour?," landed just above Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The albums were separated by less than 1,000 units sold. In July, Aiko, who also appears on Drake's Nothing Was The Same, spoke about the influences that impacted her Sail Out EP. “It’s like bridging the gap between [my mixtape] Sailing Soul(s) and Souled Out,” Aiko said in an interview with Rap-Up. “Sail Out has a lot of the Hip Hop-Rap influence on it, even with the beats. It’s something you wanna put in your car." Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples and Childish Gambino appear on Aiko's Sail Out.
Drake's Nothing Was The Same Remains In Top 10
Drake's Nothing Was The Same continues its placement within the Top 10. This week, Drake's Nothing Was The Same landed at #9, selling more than 33,000 copies in its fifth week. In August, Drake spoke about trepidations he had regarding this album's release. "I remember coming into this year thinking, 'How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?'" Drake said in an interview with XXL. "I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to." Drake's Nothing Was The Same has remained in the Top 10 for five consecutive weeks.
Bun B's Trill O.G. The Epilogue Lands At #30
This week, Bun B debuted on the charts with Trill O.G. The Epilogue. The album sold approximately 11,000 units in its first week, helping the effort land at #30. Bun spoke with HipHopDX about recording many songs for this album, songs that were made to fit the Trill O.G. banner. "It’s not like random songs," Bun said. "These are songs from the Trill O.G. project. It’s just that I didn’t want to double-up on anything. We recorded like 30-plus songs, and you can’t put them all out in one time. And I didn’t want to put songs on the album that seemed kind of familiar. If we’d already touched on them topics or dabbled in that territory, then I didn’t see the need to double-up on it. And it wasn’t that the songs weren’t good, it’s just that, you can only put so much music on one album."
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/10/2013
#1. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 210,000 (1,003,000)
#7. Jhene Aiko - Sail Out EP - 34,000 (34,000)
#9. Drake - Nothing Was The Same - 33,000 (1,099,000)
#30. Bun B - Trill O.G. The Epilogue - 11,000 (11,000)
#45. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime - 8,000 (165,000)
#53. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 7,000 (1,139,000)
#58. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP - 7,000 (10,773,000)
#61. Lecrae - Church Clothes Vol. 2 - 7,000 (22,000)
#74. Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail - 6,000 (1,060,000)
#80. Linkin Park - Recharged - 5,000 (49,000)
#88. Eminem - The Eminem Show - 5,000 (10,275,000)
#94. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 5,000 (1,087,000)
#107. Eminem - Recovery - 5,000 (4,513,000)
#128. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name - 4,000 (122,000)
#135. Eminem - Curtain Call - 4,000 (3,782,000)
#169. DJ Khaled - Suffering From Success - 3,000 (44,000)
#173. Eminem - The Slim Shady LP - 3,000 (5,437,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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