Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 12/02/07

Alicia Keys heads for double platinum, Jay-Z stays course as Cunninlynguists, Cormega and Pitbull fight for recognition.

Taking the backseat to Josh Groban and The Eagles, Alicia Keys comes in at #3 this week selling over 257k in her third week and on a steady pace to go double platinum. Chris Brown  falls from the Top 10 this week after selling about 73k which landed him at #11, meanwhile Jay-Z's American Gangster makes the highest chart appearance for any rap album at #17.  This week Hov's concept album sold just under 52k in its fourth week. Underground group Cunninlynguists' Dirty Acres failed to enter the Top 200 album charts selling 755 copies in their first week, while former six-figure-selling Cormega's Who Am I sold 643 copies in his second week.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank         Artist                      Album                            #'s Sold This Week          #'s Sold Total

3           ALICIA KEYS          AS I AM                        257,442                        1,349,602

11       CHRIS BROWN      EXCLUSIVE                        73,283                       598,678

17         JAY-Z           AMERICAN GANGSTER             51,979                       694,954

28    KEYSHIA COLE    JUST LIKE YOU                      37,729                       714,628

36       SOULJA BOY     SOULJABOYTELLEM.COM     34,303                     415,549

Other Notables…

Rank         Artist                       Album                            #'s Sold This Week         #'s Sold Total

48    KANYE WEST    GRADUATION                              23,425                   1,737,445

50    PITBULL               BOATLIFT                                   22,203                       22,398

68    50 CENT                    CURTIS                                15,194                      1,140,482

Stay tuned next week to see the results of Ghostface, Scarface and Drama on the major side, while newly-independent Styles P looks to top his Interscope effort a year ago.

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