Atlantic Records’ sensation Bruno Mars scored a #2 debut with his debut Doo Wops & Hooligans. The longtime songwriter and producer cleared 50,000 first-week units in a softer week altogether for the charts. After scoring exposure via his “Nothin’ On You” feature alongside B.o.B. earlier this year, Doo Wops & Hooligans features Damian Marley.

Eminem’s Recovery stayed in the Top 5 for another week. The Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment release has the possibility of reaching the three million mark by year’s end. 

Another debut this week came courtesy of Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame. The Atlanta sensation’s debut, Flockaveli features Pastor Troy, Wale and Uncle Murda. The Lex Luger-produced album scored a Top 10 debut, appearing at #6 for Warner Brothers distribution.

Singer Trey Songz slid two spots to #9 with his Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Headed towards the 380,000 mark, Trey may now be Atlantic Records’ biggest star in the wake of T.I.’s legal woes. The Petersburg, Virginia native’s fourth album features Drake and Nicki Minaj. 

Notorious B.I.G.’s widow Faith Evans returned with a new album, Something About Faith. Released through E1 Entertainment, the #15 debut features Raekwon, Snoop Dogg and Lil Mo.

* 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
3 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans
55,000 55,000
4 Eminem Recovery 52,000 2,768,000
6 Waka Flocka Flame Flockavelli
37,000 37,000
9 Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure 32,000 380,000
15 Faith Evans Something About Faith
23,000 24,000

I Am Not A Human Being was a digital-only release through Tuesday when the collection of songs is appeared on CD. After selling 110,000 first week, the release scanned 23,000 this week. The collection of songs features Young Money Records artists such as Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Twist. Production for the album released in honor of Wayne’s September 27 birthday was handled by Cool & Dre, Boi-1da and Streetrunner, among others. It was Country star Kenny Chesney that prevented Lil Wayne from achieving that coveted #1 spot.

Also remaining in the Top 20 Gucci Mane made it a double Brick Squad chart week with The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted. The Atlanta, Georgia sensation’s sequel to The State vs. Radric Davis cleared 20,000 more units, as The Appeal features Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz and Wyclef Jean. The Warner Brothers/Asylum/1017 Brick Squad release curiously did not feature Gucci’s artists OJ Da Juiceman and Waka Flocka Flame. Waka released his debut album, Flockaveli, yesterday.

UGK co-founder Pimp C’s final posthumous album, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones sold 18,000 first-week units. The Rap-A-Lot Records release joins band-mate Bun B’s Trill O.G., which officially cleared 100,000 units this week.

Ice Cube‘s first album in two years fell to #54. The controversially-titled I Am The West, debuted 32 places higher last week, though it now cleared the 30,000 overall mark. Released through Cube’s own Lench Mob Records, the aggressive collection of songs featured fellow west coast pioneer WC, as well as veteran Jayo Felony and Cube’s son, OMG. I Am The West featured a reunion with 24-year production partner Sir Jinx, as well as iTunes bonus tracks produced by E-A-Ski and DJ Quik.


Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo and New Jersey producer !llmind teamed for Live From The Tape Deck last week. The Duck Down Records release features Rhymefest, Styles P and The Boot Camp Clik. Skyzoo’s second full-length, and !llmind’s first, made the charts at #174, selling over 2,000 first-week units.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
16 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
23,000 133,000
18 Gucci Mane The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted
20,000 80,000
25 Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones
18,000 18,000
54 Ice Cube I Am The West
8,400 31,000
174 Skyzoo & !llmind Live From The Tape Deck
2,400 2,500

Will releases from Foreign Exchange, Chiddy Bang and veteran producer Nottz keep the charts ever-changing? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.