The dog days of winter are most certainly here. No new Rap releases charted this week, but mainstream and veteran releases continued to find consumers last week. Nicki Minaj very nearly achieved the #1 position that she’s yet to enjoy, and her and Kanye West are marching towards platinum within the next month.

DXnext alum Nicki Minaj climbed two more spots to #2 with Pink Friday. This is the highest charting position for the release, which has yet to reach #1. After seven weeks on the charts, the album fell within 14,000 units of Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, which pulled in that top spot. The effort out-sold the critically-acclaimed Kanye West album for a fourth straight week, which was released on the same November 22 date. Featuring both Nicki’s brand of singing and rapping, Pink Friday has appearances from, Drake and Eminem.

Bruno Mars, who climbed extensively two weeks ago, jumped up two more spots to #3. This has encompassed 17 spots in the two weeks for the album that’s been on the charts for 14 weeks in total. Mars’ debut Doo Wops & Hooligans, features B.o.B. and Damian Marley.

Eminem’s Recovery fell three spots in the last week. As one of the year’s best-selling albums, the Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records release has now surpassed 3.4 million units sold domestically. The work features production from Alex da Kid, DJ Khalil, Just Blaze and Mobb Deep’s Havoc.

Less than 50 units behind was Rihanna, who also fell three spots. Her Loud album climbs towards platinum, with features from Eminem, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fell two spots, to land at #7. West has been rumored to be releasing “All of The Lights” as his next single, which features Rihanna, Fergie and Elton John, among others.


* 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 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 39,000 890,000
3 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans 38,000 496,000
5 Eminem Recovery 33,000 3,348,000
6 Rihanna Loud 33,000 785,000
7 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 33,000 915,000

T.I.‘s No Mercy fell three spots to #19. The emcee and label owner’s latest album was released while he was incarcerated for probation violations earlier this year, involving drugs. Officially crossing the 350,000 milestone, the latest album from Tip features Kid Cudi, Scarface and Rocko, with production by DJ Toomp, Kanye West and Jake One.

Lil Wayne‘s digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being slid down five spots to #25 in the last week. Selling over 680,000 units to date, the album could reach platinum this new year.

After a major drop last week, Diddy and Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris fell 13 spaces after a month on the charts. Now at #40, Diddy’s first Interscope-backed album features Drake, T.I. and Rick Ross. The conceptual work is said to be soon getting remixes to popular tracks, featuring Lil Wayne, Mary J Blige and others.

In its third week, Ghostface Killah‘s Apollo Kids held on, going to #125. With vocal appearances from Game, Black Thought and Wu brethren, the album also features production from Pete Rock, Sean C & LV and Scram Jones.

Falling 13 spots, Lloyd Banks’ H.F.M.2 (The Hunger For More 2) is widely considered a comeback for the Queens, New York rapper. The album features Kanye West, Raekwon and Pusha T, and returned to the charts two weeks ago after several weeks off of the Top 200.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
19 T.I. No Mercy 19,000 353,000
25 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
15,000 680,000
40 Diddy – Dirty Money Last Train To Paris 11,000 172,000
125 Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids 3,800 23,000
173 Lloyd Banks H.F.M.2 (The Hunger For More 2)
2,600 82,000

The 2010 Gold & Platinum Plaques

Two weeks ago, we compiled a one-stop page for you to see who pulled in plaques this year from singles and albums. With Nelly, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa and the usual suspects, the findings might surprise you.

Check out “Precious Medals: The 2010 Hip Hop Gold and Platinum Plaques” →