The Black Eyed Peas [click to read] still maintained a Top 5 spot with The E.N.D. [click to read] for the third straight week. Maxwell’s Black Summer’s Night moved from #1 to #2 in its second week, still scanning over six figures . The effort is the Neo-Soul singer’s first in over eight years. The release was only eclipsed by the latest from chart-favorite Daughtry.

Joe‘s latest, Signature, debuted one spot better than his last album, released less than a year ago. The BMG Records veteran, still with mentor Kedar Massenberg, sold just under 50,000 units on a project that includes a Marvin Gaye tribute.

Chicago veteran Twista [click to read] impressed the charts with a Top 10 debut. Category F5 [click to read] marks the fast-rapper’s arrival at EMI Records, his return to a major label, after a public falling out with Atlantic two years ago. The effort’s digital release on iTunes, includes a Kanye West-produced and featuring bonus song [“Alright” [click to listen]], in addition to a large reunion with longtime production partner The Legendary Traxster.

Eminem‘s Relapse [click to read] slipped out of Top 10 this week. The Aftermath effort is still promised to be the first, as 50 Cent‘s Before I Self Destruct and Dr. Dre‘s Detox are on deck respectively.

* please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandeth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2 Maxwell Black Summer’s Night
103,000 422,000
5 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
54,000 727,000
7 Joe Signature 49,000 49,000
8 Twista Category F5 45,000 45,000
13 Eminem Relapse 28,000 1,270,000

Maino [click to read] maintained a Top 60 spot with his Atlantic Records debut, If Tomorrow Comes [click to read] past the 30,000 mark. The album continues to work singles with a great deal of radio support.

House of Pain (Everlast, Danny Boy, DJ Lethal) returns, this time adding Ill Bill and Slaine, as La Coka Nostra [click to read]. Released on The Kottonmouth KingsSuburban Noize imprint, the Boston-Los Angeles-Brooklyn collective’s debut album [click to read] features Snoop Dogg, Bun B, as well as Immortal Technique and others. La Coka Nostra has supported this release with Rock The Bells billing.

One spot below the Coka cowboys, Tech N9ne‘s artist, Krizz Kaliko [click to read], charted with his sophomore effort Genius. The DXnext alum is considering this effort to be his creative coming out point.

Complete with an Eminem appearance, The Alchemist‘s [click to read] Chemical Warfare [click to read] watched the bi-coastal producer fall 100 positions, with another 3,000 units sold. The effort finds the Mobb Deep/Soul Assassins family member backed by videos and a heavy press campaign.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
22 Jeremih Jeremih
21,000 108,000
57 Maino If Tomorrow Comes 8,300 34,000
84 La Coka Nostra A Brand You Can Trust 5,400 5,400
85 Krizz Kaliko Genius 5,300 5,400
179 Alchemist Chemical Warfare
2,900 10,000

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