Very little movement happened at the top of the charts last week. The four top urban artists were within 4,000 units of each other, approximately speaking. Bruno Mars’ Doo Wops & Hooligans fell one spot, to #6.

Eminem’s Recovery also went down one spot. Earlier this week, a bunch of leaked material hit the Internet from the late ’00s, recording by the Aftermath Entertainment superstar. Rihanna’s Loud climbed two spots, returning to its #8 from two weeks ago. Nicki Minaj held strong at #9 with Pink Friday.


* 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
6 Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans 37,000 764,000
7 Eminem Recovery 37,000 3,668,000
8 Rihanna Loud 33,000 1,010,000
9 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 32,000 1,160,000
15 Various Artists Loud 21,000 170,000

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy climbed a remarkable 18 spots last week. The surge may be largely attributed to ‘Ye’s released the Hype Williams-directed video for “All of the Lights,” featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi. The video also caught some controversy last week, when removed from YouTube after epilepsy groups complained of its bright, flashing lights and colors.

Lil Wayne‘s digital-turned-physical 2010 release I Am Not A Human Being fell two spots to #27. 

T.I.‘s No Mercy gained nine spots to #32. The emcee and label owner’s latest album was released while he was incarcerated for probation violations earlier this year, involving drugs. The latest album from Tip features Kid Cudi, Scarface and Rocko, with production by DJ Toomp, Kanye West and Jake One.

Saigon‘s The Greatest Story Never Told sold nearly 5,000 more units in its second week in stars. Created and conceptualized on Atlantic Records, Kottonmouth Kings’ Suburban Noize imprint worked with Sai to acquire the release rights to the album which sold 11,000 first-week units. Despite being on the independent label, the critically-heralded work still includes appearances by Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Black Thought, as well as production from Just Blaze and Kanye West. The album’s FYE physical version includes a second CD with five unreleased songs.

The new addition to the charts this week is Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz. The Brooklyn emcee’s sophomore solo album, Free Agent debuted at #148 on the charts. The E1 Entertainment release was long delayed from a year ago, but has garnered critical praise, with production from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Sean C & LV.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
18 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 16,000 1,048,000
27 Lil Wayne
I Am Not A Human Being
14,000 784,000
32 T.I. No Mercy
13,000 453,000
116 Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told 4,800 16,000
148 Joell Ortiz Free Agent 3,800


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