The Black Eyed Peas [click to read] took back #1 with The E.N.D. [click to read]. The positioning may be shocking to some, as last week’s controversy after a Toronto assault incident involving blog mogul Perez Hilton could have stifled the Interscope group’s sales. Not the case, the onetime underground Hip Hop outfit from Los Angeles eclipsed the gold mark in the last week, heading towards platinum.

Eminem‘s Relapse [click to read], remains strong, staying in the Top 5, despite its lowest positioning to date. With D12 going on the road, the album may continue to motion towards two million in sales, despite limited marketing and advertising.

Now an Asylum artist, onetime Timbaland artist Ginuwine returned with a Top 10 debut release with A Man’s Thoughts. The work, Ginuwine‘s first in four years features Timbo, Missy and Bun B.

Beyonce doubled up for the second week in a row with I Am… Sasha Fierce [click to read] heading towards two-and-a-half million in sales. Mrs. Carter also held down eight places lower with her Above & Beyonce collection, new last week, also a Sony release.

* please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandeth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
1 The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
88,000 540,000
5 Eminem Relapse
47,000 1,169,000
9 Ginuwine A Man’s Thoughts 37,000 37,000
27 Beyonce I Am…Sasha Fierce 15,000 2,268,000
35 Beyonce Above And Beyonce 11,000 25,000

Mos Def trudges towards a 100,000 with his Downtown Records debut The Ecstatic [click to read]. With appearances from an assortment of underground Hip Hop artists and producers, and interludes courtesy of the 1977 cult film Killer Of Sheep, Dante is garnering his first critical acclaim in Hip Hop in five years. 

One of Def Jam‘s newest developed acts, F.L.Y. brought their Jamboree debut out just under the Top 100 mark. The release joins Electrik Red‘s How To Be A Lady, Vol. 1 as another lower sales effort from the urban music kingpin.

Jadakiss [click to read], although approximated, fell just inches short of the 300,000 mark with his acclaimed The Last Kiss [click to read]. The Yonkers-based veteran celebrated two releases on charts, as D-Block‘s No Security [click to read] album also remained on the second half of the Top 200. 

Three 6 Mafia co-leader Juicy J [click to read] saw an impressive follow-up work of his Hustle Till I Die release. The charting marks the third independent Three 6 release to do so this year, after strong-selling releases from DJ Paul and Project Pat

Despite massive surges in radio play, and reported sales, the late, great Michael Jackson‘s Motown collection Gold was limited to less than 3,000 units moved. Next week, charts may show a growth in acclaimed solo albums Thriller, Off The Wall and Bad.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
45 Mos Def The Ecstatic
9,200 64,000
109 F.L.Y. Jamboree 4,500 4,500
115 Jadakiss The Last Kiss 4,300 300,000
170 Juicy J Hustle Till I Die 3,000 8,600
191 Michael Jackson Gold 2,700 4,400

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