Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 06/22/2014

Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" and Jennifer Lopez's "A.K.A." arrive in the Top 10 this week. Meanwhile, 50 Cent, Iggy Azalea and Michael Jackson experience a decrease in sales.

This week's Billboard Top 200 Albums chart was met with new releases in the Rap & R&B category. Specifically, Linkin Park's Rap-Rock set, The Hunting Party, arrived in the Top 3, while Jennifer Lopez's A.K.A., an R&B-Pop album with Rap features, appears in the #8 slot. Of course Michael Jackson's Xscape, Iggy Azalea's The New Classic and 50 Cent's Animal Ambition continue to thrive in the Top 25. 

Linkin Park's The Hunting Party Arrives At #3

Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party was released this week and the effort lands in the # 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The project sold 110,599 units this week, its first week of availability. Linkin Park, a Rock-Rap group that has worked with Jay Z, among others, continues its work with emcees on this effort. The group's Rakim collaboration, "Guilty All The Same" appears on the album, along with their Tom Morello-backed track, "Drawbar."

Jennifer Lopez's A.K.A. Lands At #8

Jennifer Lopez’s A.K.A. appears on this week’s chart in the #8 spot. Its first week sales tally reached 32,895 units. Lopez’s album features many rappers, including T.I., French Montana, Iggy Azalea, Nas and Rick Ross. Before her effort was released, Lopez addressed its content. "If you listen to my albums, they were always about love,” Lopez said at the time. "It was always love in a certain way: A fairytale type of way; I was hoping, praying, and wishing for that. I realized love is completely different than I thought it was. I still believe in it more than ever. I'm still singing about it on every track, but I want it in the right way.”

50 Cent, Michael Jackson & Iggy Azalea Experience Drop In Sales

Michael Jackson’s Xscape, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic and 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition witnessed a decrease in sales this week. Jackson’s Xscape dropped from #9 to #17 this week and the effort experienced a 38 percent decrease in sales from 24,861 to 15,434 units sold for the week. Overall, Xscape has sold 324,567 copies. Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic fell 4 percent in sales, going from 14,781 to 14,184. Overall, Iggy’s debut album has sold 192,167 copies. Despite the drop in sales, Iggy jumped up in chart position, going from #22 to #19. Elsewhere, 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition went from #15 to #23, selling 10,090 units, a 41 percent decrease in sales from 17,118 copies sold last week. Overall, Animal Ambition has sold 73,936 copies.

Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 06/22/2014

#3. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party - 110,599 (110,599)

#8. Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A.32,895 (32,895) 

#17. Michael Jackson - Xscape - 15,434 (324,567)

#19. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic - 14,184 (192,167) 

#23. 50 Cent - Animal Ambition - 10,090 (73,936) 

#30. Mary J. Blige - Think Like A Man Too - 8,668 (8,688) 

#32. Pharrell Williams – G I R L - 8,157 (444,503) 

#36. John Legend - Love In The Future - 7,453 (545,938) 

#40. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty - 6,464 (123,259)

#42.  Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - 6,235 (2,140,503) 

* Data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousand for units above 10,000, nearest hundred for units below 10,000.

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153 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Damn... These new fans are killing music. SMH! Bum ass' can't even afford $12. SMH! Everybody is "looking" like a flop. At the same time though. Singles are selling like hot cakes. Pharrell just went Diamond with his "Happy" single even though the whole album isn't doing good. Each single on 50's album did a little more than what the whole album has sold. Eminem would've been at around 5 million and MJ should be at about 1 million off of general purpose. The new shit is streaming and Youtube (Google) and Apple just put a strangle hold on that to the point that the labels will see more then the artist while the artists gets penny's per view/stream. This will no doubt bread more wack music and quick gimmicks. SMH!

  • Anonymous

    "The casual music fans I know don't follow or care about album sales at all to be honest. I have never heard any of my friends speak on record sales once when discussing music we're currently playing" That's cause you have one friend and he's really slow.

  • Anonymous

    That J Lo/Ross song is holding dance floors hostage.

  • Witness

    They posted Linkin Park's album sales because ya know Fort Minor is part of Linkin Park

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was supposed to be hip hop album sales? I don't wanna see j-lo,iggy,mary j blidge,jason derulo, john legend,linkin park,m.jackson... Give us updates on how many units Q moved or YG Jay z kendrick drake...

  • Anonymous

    J LO SHOULD HAVE CALLED JA RULE TO SAVE HER

  • Anonymous

    J LO FLOPPED HARD DIDNT SHE HAVE 1 SONG WITH PITBULL, 1 WITH IGGY WHITE BITCH, 2 FRENCH MONTANA SONGS, A ROSS SONG, A NAS SONG, A TYGA SONG AND A T.I. SONG?

  • Tony

    JLo's album is really the best watch how she will keep selling more and more.

  • da Mayor of MN

    da Mayor gonna give yall some knowledge about 50 album sales...fif has no major behind him, he got no single getting spinned on the radio, no jams makin noise on the mtvs and bets, he big on hiphop sites but is he big any other outlets..nah now lets be clear da mayor aint hatin on 50, actually quite da opposite. around 90k indie, all by yaself, is good af!! take tech and atmosphere, both indie heavyweights, dey sold about 35k first week. just need to give yall some perspective that in todays market with no promo aside from fif himself, and outside of hiphop sites that already cater to specific market 50 doing great.

  • Lawrence

    So, Fif did 47K first week independent... J-Lo just did 33K first week... Mariah did 58k first week on DEF JAM... Just saying...

    • Anonymous

      50 is just as popular and probably making just as much. he worth more than her AZZ

    • Anonymous

      J Lo is still popular and making huge money these days. 50 isn't popular, so making a few bucks off this flop album isn't really impressive to people who have an inside look at the industry like me.

    • Anonymous

      Point is she'll be fine summer just started and there's no need to rush out in the first week to buy her music In other words grow up

    • HUH?

      But isn't that all Mariah Carey does singing and still did not do good? So what's the deal with the only unique voice then? lol

    • Anonymous

      You cant explain nothing to these internet recording industry executives 50 will be fine, a good gauge for future upcoming projects, mariah has staying power and jlo will have her usual intl single The nerds will still be here calling flop and arguing with a troll

  • Hits Daily Double Sales Projections

    Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 180-200k G-Eazy (Blueprint/G-Eazy) 40-45k Phish (ATO) 25-30k Mastodon (Warner Bros.) 25-30k Ab Soul (TDE) 15-17k Joe (BMG Rights Management) 15-17k Bad Suns (Vagrant) 12-14k Jersey Boys Soundtrack (Rhino) 10-12k

    • Anonymous

      wow I dont even know who Ed Sheeran is but it's no wonder Game is making music with that white skinned ginger from England now that I see what hes selling.

  • Anonymous

    jenny from the block flopped nigga

  • Anonymous

    damn 70k in 3 weeks..he wont even crack 100

  • Anonymous

    My man rozay beating 50 again.

  • Anonymous

    Game's Jesus Piece album did more in the first week than 50 has done after 3 weeks!

    • Lawrence

      'Jesus Piece' was a Major Label release... This has a big significance...

    • Anonymous

      I could name like 5 wack rappers or indie rappers who sold more than Game last album. Im pretty sure Tyler the Creator outsold Game last time ans so did Mac Miller. Game fans better get ready for Sept 16. Big ass flop coming for Game now that he's indie and signed to eOne.

  • Anonymous

    No he didnt, yes he did Sound like 6 yr olds cut it the f#ck out

  • Anonymous

    50 still flopping hard. He may walk away with a few more bucks than Ross, but Mastermind still destroyed it in sales, and at the end of the day, that's all the casual music fan remembers or cares about.

    • common sense

      so the casual fan thinks that selling less units but making more money than the competition is a loss? Album sales are pointless now they don't reflect the quality of the music at all.

    • Lawrence

      Major Label release vs Independent... How hard is that to comprehend ?...

    • Anonymous

      The casual music fans I know don't follow or care about album sales at all to be honest. I have never heard any of my friends speak on record sales once when discussing music we're currently playing.

    • Anonymous

      Foh casual music fan you sound like a straight up bitch And dx looks fool for letting your punk ass run amok in here wit the stupidity

    • Anonymous

      You're still wrong about everything again.

  • Anonymous

    I won't waste time telling you anything else since it should be obvious. You can go look them up yourself. You're just a bitch who has no life.

  • Anonymous

    #RossisWinningBitch

  • Anonymous

    No, they did not. Yes they did stupid bbitch.

  • Anonymous

    Damn, so many ross haters here. It's like get the fuck outta here.

  • Anonymous

    J Lo flopped hard.

  • Anonymous

    Call me when 50 cent's recent album beats out ross.

  • Anonymous

    Game should stick to taking his clothes off for money, lying about being a gang member and beating his wife up in front of the kids. All of that is actually 50's problems. Can't wait till you faggots see what he sells first week on eOne records." He's a ymcmb member. Birdman said in october they signed game to a deal. eone is just game's canadian distributor.

  • Anonymous

    50 ain't indie. He's just signed to a small label that's all. Caroline records owns his ass. 50 losing.

    • Anonymous

      does anyone look up info anymore its been widely publicized 50 Cent is independent he has an 80/20 deal with Caroline records they are only in charge of distribution. Whether you like him or not the man is a true hustler. its not bravado money talks and 50 is always talking loudly

    • Anonymous

      50 indie. wen u have distribution thru Caroline it only means they get the album in stores nation wide and take a small cut since they dont have anything else to do with the record. stop talking out ur ass 14 year old kids

    • Anonymous

      No, they did not.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, they did.

    • Anonymous

      If 50 aint indie then macklemore aint indie You stupid to think dentaldamboy is actually telling you something

    • Anonymous

      No, they didn't.

    • Anonymous

      And then they laughed as they were leaving the stadium.

    • Anonymous

      yet he still got to go back 2 weeks later and play metlife stadium with g-unit after the mets played.

    • Anonymous

      Umm, hate to agree with him but he is right when you can find caroline records on the back. Also, NYC was mocking him for days after that terrible pitch.

    • Anonymous

      Again, he's not signed to Caroline, he has a distribution deal with them. 50 didn't get ran out of NYC at all. And the back of AA doesn't have Caroline.

    • Anonymous

      Look on the back of animal ambition. It has caroline records.

    • Anonymous

      He's signed to caroline records. Indie would mean doing everything by yourself. 50 got ran out of nyc after that terrible first pitch.

    • Anonymous

      When I looked at the sales charts, beside his name it says G-Unit, not Caroline Records or Capitol or anything else.

    • Anonymous

      For the last time, 50 IS indie. He has a distribution deal with Caroline. No one owns 50, who's winning.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone can agree linkin park is terrible right?

  • Anonymous

    Man where is big ol fat tits? Did he get run off the list too?

  • Mars

    Everybody help Curtis. Go buy Animal Ambition so this loser can go gold by 2029.

    • Anonymous

      why would he need to go gold? records are more of a promotional tool than anything. if he was really concerned with sales he wouldn't have put out every song for free with videos months before the release date.

    • Anonymous

      If hes a loser what does that say about you

  • Fish

    Game might have to bring back the 'Help 50 Go Gold' Campaign, hahaha!! G-UNOT!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Game should stick to taking his clothes off for money, lying about being a gang member and beating his wife up in front of the kids. Can't wait till you faggots see what he sells first week on eOne records.

    • Fish

      Fuck it, I've changed my mind - Game needs to start a 'Help 50 Clear 100k campaign' Motherfucker got rich and stopped trying. He should stick to starring in straight-to-DVD movies. G-UNOT

    • Anonymous

      Can't find R.E.D. Album anywhere on the RIAA website as far as being certified gold you liar.

    • Anonymous

      "Jesus Piece still sold over 300,000 in the states 200,000 in Canada which makes him gold in north America" There is no such thing as 'Gold in north America' 50's didn't even sell 20,000 yet up here in Canada." I'm positive id did but either way it's only been out for 3 weeks. "also R.E.D Album is certified Gold in states. " NO IT'S NOT! Show some proof! "At least Game can consistently sell over 300,000 and still go gold" HIS LAST TWO ALBUMS ARE NOT GOLD. Jesus Piece may not even be at 300k. Now that he's indie he will be lucky do sell 100k total. "50 will never reach those marks again." Neither will Game.

    • Anonymous

      No one I know buys music anymore & hasn't for years & years so going gold doesn't make a fuck at all.

    • WTF

      Yah both if you talking shit should know Jesus Piece still sold over 300,000 in the states 200,000 in Canada which makes him gold in north America 50's didn't even sell 20,000 yet up here in Canada. also R.E.D Album is certified Gold in states. So what he doesn't sell Platinum albums anymore but either do a lot of people. At least Game can consistently sell over 300,000 and still go gold, 50 will never reach those marks again. So keep hating matter a fact Both of games last two albums were sick and Better than 50's last two easily. Nobody even remembers before I self destruct.

    • Enis The Penis

      Personally I don't think Game gave a shit about RED or Jesus Piece, he just wanted out of his contract.

    • Anonymous

      Game should worry about himself going gold, RED and Jesus Piece were major label Interscope albums and failed to reach their mark.

    • Anonymous

      how can he bring it back when game can't go gold himself anymore

  • Anonymous

    When 50 gets to 100,000 that will be good enough for an independent release, which released all the tracks before hand and if you add up all the single sold with the album, its pretty good for a new york gangster album released independent in 2014

  • brollya

    50 go do a pharrell and get sales increased every week while niggaz worried bout first week sales den get missing

  • Anonymous

    What's funny to me is that people say 50 Cent flopped with 46k, then jennifer lopez do 32K and she's a mega star and we hear nothing on the headlines. Or Ashanti do 30K and that's good for them. People are just crowd followers. aka sheeps/cows on the pastures

  • Jon

    "Overall, Iggys debut album has sold 1,963,077 copies" What's this?? o_O

  • Anonymous

    The nerve of Hiphopdx. Jason Derulo, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, Mary J Blige, John Legend are not Hiphop. The only hiphop artist on this list are 50 Cent, Eminem,Iggy, and Pharell and he's borderline. Is hiphop doing that bad?

  • Anonymous

    Since when did Linkin Park become hiphop?

    • Honestly

      That is true, I think they need to stop branching out so much and get back to what made them LP from the start. Don't hate me, I'm just the messenger

    • Anonymous

      Their past albums could easily be considered Hip Hop buy the last 2 were definitely nothing even remotely close to HH, fucking Shinoda doesn't even rhyme on 90% of their tracks anymore.

    • Anonymous

      they got a song with Rakim on the album

    • Honestly

      They're more Hip-Hop than some of these fruit cakes we allow in the game and people cosign off on. Don't hate me, I'm just the messenger

  • h

    Still giving Eminem sales... Hmmmm...

  • Anonymous

    I heard kendrick, the screamer is going to be a new lead vocalist for linkin screaming park.

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