Sony’s Electro-Pop duo MGMT were surprise chart climbers on their last album. However, the Brooklyn-based group that’s worked with Kid Cudi and Jim Jones saw Congratulations debut at #2 behind Justin Bieber. Usher and his divorce ode Raymond v. Raymond fell to #4, making the LaFace release a prime suspect to cross the gold 500,000 unit mark next week.

Monica slid to #9  with her Still Standing. The J Records artist maintained a Top 10 position with an album that features production from Missy Elliott and Jim Jonsin. Monica’s Atlanta neighbor Ludacris, who appears on Still Standing, went to #13 with Battle of the Sexes.

Sade bounced back in a major way. The Epic Records release shot back to #12, having already taken a platinum tour through the charts with her latest album, Soldier of Love.

* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2 MGMT Congratulations
66,000 67,000
4 Usher Raymond v. Raymond
64,000 486,000
9 Monica Still Standing 30,000 334,000
12 Sade Soldier of Love
25,000 1,100,000
13 Ludacris Battle of the Sexes 25,000 335,000

Gucci Mane
‘s retail mixtape, Burrrprint [2] HD sold just under 20,000 units for Warner Brothers/Asylum. The Brick Squad 1017 release made a Top 20 debut, giving the incarcerated Atlanta rapper two charted album, with his State vs. Radric Davis also at #89.

Wu-Tang Clan member trio Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Raekwon‘s Wu-Massacre skidded 30 more spots to #67. As predicted, the Def Jam album did cross the 50,000 unit mark. The warmly-received project features special packaging and production from RZA and Mathematics.

With their fourth installment together, Fornever, Murs & 9th Wonder exceeded the 5,000 mark. Debuting at #84, this release through SMC Recordings was made in Los Angeles, featuring native sons such as Kurupt, Suga Free and Sick Jacken.

E-40 crossed the 20,000 mark individually with both Revenue Retrievin’ Night Shift and Revenue Retrievin’ Day Shift. With the latter pulling ahead, 40 Water’s first album with EMI Records proves to be a success when looked at collectively.

Lastly, Snoop Dogg‘s leftovers/companion release to Malice N’ Wonderland, More Malice inches towards 50,000. The Priority/EMI Records release features Jay-Z, Soulja Boy and Bun B.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
19 Gucci Mane Burrrprint [2] HD
19,000 20,000
67 Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Wu Massacre
6,600 56,000
84 Murs & 9th Wonder Fornever
5,400 5,500
126 E-40 Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift 3,700 21,000
142 Snoop Dogg More Malice
3,400 34,000

With new releases from Cypress Hill, Devin The Dude, Little Brother and Kurupt, how will they all place? Stay tuned for next week on DX…