New artists swarmed the Top 200 of the charts this week. SNL‘s Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone watched their sophomore Comedy/Rap album Turtleneck & Chain land a Top 3 debut. The second go-round after 2009’s Incredibad features emcees Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg.

OFWGKTA made their first splash on the charts this week. Odd Future’s leader, Tyler, the Creator released his studio debut Goblin on XL Recordings. A follow-up to 2009’s self-released Bastard, Goblin features band-mates Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Frank Ocean. The largely self-produced effort scored a Top 5 debut, as one of the stronger independent Hip Hop showings in 2011.

Twenty five years after releasing their first album, New York Hip Hop/Punk trio the Beastie Boys are enjoying the critical and commercial success of their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The EMI Records release, which has released before Part One, features artists that Adrock, MCA and Mike D have influenced, including Nas and Santigold.

Veteran Soul singer Raphael Saadiq released his fourth studio solo in Stone Rollin’. The former front-man for Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl made another throwback effort, after the success of 2008’s The Way I See It. The work scored a Top 15 debut for Saadiq and Columbia Records.

Bruno Mars’ debut finally crossed the million-mark, as Doo-Wops & Holligans fell three spots this week with all the new additions to the charts.

* 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 Lonely Island Turtleneck & Chain 68,000 68,000
5 Tyler, the Creator Goblin 45,000 46,000
6 Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 42,000 170,000
14 Rapheal Saadiq Stone Rollin’ 21,000 22,000
17 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans 20,000 1,017,000


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania emcee Wiz Khalifa is climbing towards a gold plaque for his major label debut, Rolling Papers. The Rostrum/Atlantic Records star and DXnext alum’s best-selling work to date features Curren$y and Too Short, with popular hits “I Roll Up” and “Black and Yellow” .

Another Atlantic Records star, Lupe Fiasco is just 8,000 units behind his label-mate. Lu’s third album, Lasers, sits just below 380,000 overall units. The Chicago, Illinois emcee is enjoying mainstream success with the album’s second single, “Words I Never Said” .

Eminem my reach 4,000,000 units sold on his 2010 album Recovery before the end of summer. The Detroit, Michigan Hip Hop superstar maintained a Top 50 spot with the work that features production from Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Just Blaze and Self Scientific’s DJ Khalil.

The last emcee to sell more than 3,000,000 copies of a solo album, Lil Wayne, is inching towards platinum with his I Am Not A Human Being project. Released digitally in September of 2010, the work later appeared on CD and has been promoted since the Cash Money Records superstar returned home from prison late last year.

The Diplomats’ Jim Jones is nearing 50,000 units sold of his most recent album, Capo. The work marks Jones’ return to E1 Entertainment after a major label stint with Columbia, and the mellow-sounding album features fellow New York rappers Raekwon, Prodigy and Lloyd Banks.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
22 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers
16,000 387,000
41 Lupe Fiasco Lasers 11,000 379,000
45 Eminem Recovery 10,000 3,853,000
83 Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being 5,700 877,000
197 Jim Jones Capo 2,500 45,000

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