Artists of Young Money past and present defined the charts this week. Drake continued to top the Hip Hop/R&B charts with his sophomore studio album, Take Care. Meanwhile, one of the first people to ever rep Young Money, Curren$y successfully brought out his own label situation (through Jet Life/iHipHop, another former distribution parter of buddy Wiz Khalifa‘s. Young Money’s head, Lil Wayne continued on strong, as did 2010 albums from Nicki Minaj and Drizzy.
Curren$y’s Jet Life Soars Onto The Charts
Jet Life, Curren$y’s group including Trademark Da Skydiver, former No Limit Records and Ruff Ryders artist Fiend, Corner Store P, Monsta Beatz, Young Roddy and DXnext alum Smoke DZA were the lone Hip Hop addition to the charts this week, in Jet World Order. The work features two more DXnext alumni, Big K.R.I.T. and Nesby Phips. Earlier this year, Curren$y released his Warner Brothers Records debut, Weekend At Burnie’s.
Drake’s Take Care Marches Towards Platinum
Drake’s Take Care sits just below 900,000 units sold. By 2012, this puts the former Degrassi actor on pace to have two platinum studio albums and a gold mixtape. The Cash Money/Young Money release features Birdman, Nicki and Rick Ross. The fourth single, “Take Care” featuring Rihanna, is at radio now.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 11/20/2011
#4. Drake – Take Care – 90,000 (894,000)
#6. Mary J. Blige – My Life II: The Journey Continues 72,000 (228,000)
#7. Rihanna – Talk That Talk – 68,000 (266,000)
#22. Trey Songz – Inevitable – 27,000 (27,000)
#24. LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking – 26,000 (332,000)
#28. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV – 23,000 (1,776,000)
#54. Wale – Ambition – 14,000 (269,000)
#57. Yelawolf – Radioactive – 12,000 (53,000)
#79. Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park – 9,100 (194,000)
#148. Jet Life – Jet World Order – 4,200 (4,200)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000.
Will The Roots’ undun, which HipHopDX called perfect, get the same love on the charts? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.