This week on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 lands back at #1, reclaiming the top spot from Lady Gaga, who earned the slot last week with her ARTPOP release. Although it is now in its third week and still at #1, Eminem isn't the only Rap artist charting. This week, Yo Gotti's I Am album breaks into the Top 10, Drake falls out of the Top 10 for the first time this year and Hopsin knocks himself into the Top 200 with Knock Madness. Here's a look at some of the week's movers and shakers on the Billboard Top 200.
Eminem's MMLP2 Is Back At #1
Last week, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was momentarily dethroned from the #1 spot by Lady Gaga's ARTPOP release. However, all of that has changed this week, with Eminem reclaiming the top spot for the week. Em's most recent release sold approximately 120,000 units this week, helping its total sales count hit approximately 1,124,000. Eminem's supporters also helped other albums in his discography chart this week. The Marshall Mathers LP, for instance, lands at #135 with 3,900 units sold this week and The Eminem Show lands at #153 with 3,200 units sold for the week. Eminem's Recovery also strikes at #168 with 3,200 units sold this week and Curtain Call lands at #197 with 2,800 units sold for the week. Eminem's various projects have also been important for the rapper's wellbeing, according to the Michigan emcee. During a recent cover story with Rolling Stone, Eminem spoke about how his music has impacted his life. "I'm as happy as I can be, I guess," Eminem says in the interview. "Hip Hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else. I think they have a word for that — what do they call it? Idiot savant?"
Yo Gotti's I Am Lands At #7
Yo Gotti'sbreaks into the Top 10 this week with I Am. The most recent Yo Gotti release sold 48,000 units, landing at #7 on the charts. Yo Gotti has been vocal about his artistic versatility. During an interview with HipHopDX, Gotti spoke about how some of that versatility can be found in his new music. "I’m gonna rap to the situation," Gotti said. "Guess how many niggas I heard say, 'Man, you stepped it up on that song with Wale on his album?' That shit is a trip like I don’t do this shit [laughs]. You feel me? I’m rapping for the occasion. If I get on a song with Wale, guess what? I’m gonna make sure that my shit is tight enough to keep up with Wale. If I get on a song with J. Cole ['Cold Blood'], you gone see the same thing. I got J. Cole on my album, and when you hear his song, you gone see what’s poppin’. If I’m getting on a song with a certain kind of nigga, and the shit is supposed to be simple, it’s gonna be simple. That’s what it’s supposed to be. If I’m on a song where the bars and shit are supposed to be stepped up, then that’s what it’s gonna be."
Drake's Nothing Was The Same Falls To #14
This week, Drake's Nothing Was The Same falls to #14. It is the first time Drake's most recent project has fallen out of the Top 10. Last week, Drake landed at #9 with this project, which is in its ninth week overall. To date, Drake has sold more than 1,129,000 copies of the album. This week, Drake moved more than 30,000 units. Drake is currently on his "Would You Like a Tour?" run, but he may be ready to unveil new work soon. This week, Drake revealed that he is slated to release new music before the year ends. "Not an EP, but maybe a blog thing like how I did 'Versace,' 'The Motion,' all those in one night," Drake said during a recent interview with VIBE. "I’ll probably do 'Trophies' and three or four other records."
Hopsin Breaks Into Top 200 With Knock Madness
This week, Funk Volume's Hopsin cracks the Top 200 with his new album, Knock Madness. The project lands the Panorama City, California representative at #132 after Knock Madness sold approximately 4,000 units for the week. In October, Hopsin spoke with HipHopDX about what the album means for his career and how it may impact his critics. “People say I say the same things over and over,” Hopsin said. “But in reality, I haven’t released an album in three years, so people haven’t really seen what I can do or who I am. Everybody in my XXL Freshmen thing, I think, did their thing. I haven’t come out with mine yet. This is my time. From all the hype you’ve ever seen from Hopsin, this is that moment of truth.” Knock Madness features guest appearances from Tech N9ne, SwizZz and Dizzy Wright, among others.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/17/2013
#1. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 120,000 (1,123,000)
#7. Yo Gotti - I Am - 48,000 (48,000)
#14. Drake - Nothing Was The Same - 30,400 (1,129,000)
#30. Jhene Aiko - Sail Out EP - 12,000 (46,000)
#49. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime - 7,600 (172,000)
#52. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 7,200 (1,146,000)
#89. Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail - 5,200 (1,065,000)
#117. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city - 4,300 (1,091,000)
#132. Hopsin - Knock Madness - 4,000 (4,000)
#135. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP - 4,000 (10,777,000)
#144. Bun B - Trill O.G. The Epilogue - 3,700 (14,400)
#153. Eminem - The Eminem Show - 3,500 (10,279,000)
* 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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