Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/19/2009

The Black Eyed Peas still maintained a Top 5 spot with The E.N.D. [click to read] for the third straight week. Maxwell's Black Summer's Night moved from #1 to #2 in its second week, still scanning over six figures . The effort is the Neo-Soul singer's first in over eight years. The release was only eclipsed by the latest from chart-favorite Daughtry.

Joe's latest, Signature, debuted one spot better than his last album, released less than a year ago. The BMG Records veteran, still with mentor Kedar Massenberg, sold just under 50,000 units on a project that includes a Marvin Gaye tribute.

Chicago veteran Twista impressed the charts with a Top 10 debut. Category F5 marks the fast-rapper's arrival at EMI Records, his return to a major label, after a public falling out with Atlantic two years ago. The effort's digital release on iTunes, includes a Kanye West-produced and featuring bonus song ["Alright" , in addition to a large reunion with longtime production partner The Legendary Traxster.

Eminem's Relapse slipped out of Top 10 this week. The Aftermath effort is still promised to be the first, as 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct and Dr. Dre's Detox are on deck respectively.

* 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
Black Summer's Night
422,000 - Total
Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D.
727,000 - Total
49,000 - Total
Category F5
45,000 - Total
1,270,000 - Total

Maino maintained a Top 60 spot with his Atlantic Records debut, If Tomorrow Comes past the 30,000 mark. The album continues to work singles with a great deal of radio support.

House of Pain (Everlast, Danny Boy, DJ Lethal) returns, this time adding Ill Bill and Slaine, as La Coka Nostra . Released on The Kottonmouth Kings' Suburban Noize imprint, the Boston-Los Angeles-Brooklyn collective's debut album features Snoop Dogg, Bun B, as well as Immortal Technique and others. La Coka Nostra has supported this release with Rock The Bells billing.

One spot below the Coka cowboys, Tech N9ne's artist, Krizz Kaliko , charted with his sophomore effort Genius. The DXnext alum is considering this effort to be his creative coming out point.

Complete with an Eminem appearance, The Alchemist's Chemical Warfare watched the bi-coastal producer fall 100 positions, with another 3,000 units sold. The effort finds the Mobb Deep/Soul Assassins family member backed by videos and a heavy press campaign.

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