Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/3/08

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Alicia Keys took back the #1 spot this week, in her off-again, on-again reign, weathering each week’s new additions. Ms. Keys was joined by Rock outfits The Mars Volta and Bullet For My Valentine, who held #3 and #4 respectively, after The Juno Soundtrack. Keyshia Cole gained over 17% in sales since last week, bumping Chris Brown and getting a strong surge of Interscope energy. Lupe Fiasco fell from the Top 5 overall urban artists for the first week since his release. G.O.O.D. Music crooner John Legend joins the charts with his live album, closing out the caption with a #27 spot.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
1 Alicia Keys As I Am 61,259 2,907,459
6 Mary J Blige Growing Pains 47,219 1,132,462
8 Keyshia Cole Just Like You 36,412 1,095,743
11 Chris Brown Exclusive 33,311 1,059,331
27 John Legend Live From Philadelphia 20,117 70,158

As predicted, a new single pushed Soulja Boy back into the mix, as the prodigy pushes for a platinum plaque by spring. The 17-year-old bumped ahead of Lupe in doing so. Birdman also climbed ahead of mainstays Jay-Z and Kanye West despite lacking the initial sales of his super-star peers. Other Notables…

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
31 Soulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com 18,899 745,968
44 Lupe Fiasco The Cool 15,841 302,052
57 Birdman 5*Stunna 12,807 246,196
61 Jay-Z American Gangster 12,092 965,368
63 Kanye West Graduation 12,011 1,970,212

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. It’s getting warmer this February, but will the charts reflect it?

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