Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 1/27/08


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.


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