Hip Hop unfortunately still hasn’t stirred from it’s slump this week. Alicia Keys is knocked off of the throne by the Juno Soundtrack this week, but worry not– with over 2.8M records sold, the R&B diva is well on her way to triple platinum. Mary J Blige takes the #4 spot selling a total of 1.08M, while Natasha Bedingfield‘s debut snagged 3rd place.

Chris Brown and Keyshia Cole stand strong with the #7 and #8 spots (respectively), but despite co-signs from the likes of Alicia Keys, Raheem Devaughn‘s Love
Behind the Melody
took a drop from #5 to #31 in its second week on the
charts.

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
2

Alicia Keys

As I Am

59,746

2,846,200
4

Mary J Blige

Growing Pains

45,232

1,085,243

7

Chris Brown

Exclusive

31,597

1,182,627

8

Keyshia Cole

Just Like You

31,083

1,059,331

28

Jaheim

Makings of a Man

18,045

311,986

Chicago’s golden boy Lupe Fiasco continues to have the #1 rap album in
the country. The Cool sold just under 18k this week, bringing his total
sales to 286k. Kanye West has recently announced Lupe will accompany
him, Rihanna, and N.E.R.D on tour this summer. Rihanna‘s Good Girl Gone
Bad,
featuring last year’s undisputed smash hit “Umbrella”, has finally
reached platinum this week (1.02M total). Kanye still inches closer
towards double platinum with 1.96M sold for Graduation.

Other Notables…

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
29

Lupe Fiasco

The Cool

17,928

286,211

37

Soulja Boy

Souljaboytellem.com

15,887

727,069
50

Kanye West

Graduation

12,368

1,958,201
51

Jay-Z

American Gangster

12,076

953,276
54

Birdman

5 Stunna

11,821

233,389

Big Noyd dropped last week, but didn’t manage to make it onto the Rap charts. With Eve‘s latest effort pushed back yet again, watch next week as Crucial Conflict, QN5′s Substantial, and Yak Ballz try to make waves. Next month, legend Pete Rock drops his highly anticipated New York’s finest, along with new albums by Erykah Badu, Rick Ross, Akrobatik, and many more. Let’s hope February treats Hip Hop better than January did.