There was not much movement at the top of the charts this week. Lil Wayne [click to read] continued to hold the #2 spot, selling six-figures of units. The shocker to some is Three 6 Mafia‘s [click to read] return to album making. Last 2 Walk [click to read] cracked the top five, as one of Columbia‘s first rap releases since Rick Rubin‘s takeover at the historic imprint. Usher and Rihanna held positioning, dropping rank a few units. Rihanna continues to sell strongly in digital singles, with the repackaging of her year-old album.
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
|2||Lil Wayne||Tha Carter 3||209,305||1,527,621|
|5||Three 6 Mafia||Last 2 Walk||76,722||76,722|
|7||Usher||Here I Stand||51,586||805,841|
|10||Rihanna||Good Girl Gone Bad||46,545||1,353,991|
|11||Plies||Definition of Real||42,893||325,472|
Whereas last week, Blood Raw made a dent in first week sales chart, the Corporate Thugz rookie subsided to a shift in other chart areas. After the success of “Flashing Lights,” Michigan’s Dwele made a respectable first showing with his independent Sketches of a Man. Bun B [click to read] and Rick Ross continue to show that strong album-making equates to consistent sales. Meanwhile, Immortal Technique cracked the Top 100 with his critically-championed The 3rd World [click to read], assisted by DJ Green Lantern.
|35||Dwele||Sketches of a Man||13,854||14,007|
|43||Bun B||II Trill||10,718||206,576|
|99||Immortal Technique||The 3rd World||7,306||7,306|
Will G-Unit take on Coldplay next week? How will indies like NY Oil and Tech N9ne do?