(News) Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/2/08


Despite a long hiatus, Janet Jackson has championed the charts with Discipline selling 181k it its debut week. Neo-soul sensation Erykah Badu follows right after at #2 with 124k. This time around, Badu enlisted the help of underground Hip Hop staple producer Madlib for a few tracks off of the well-received album. Webbie is the first rapper in quite some time to put Hip Hop back in the top 5 on the charts. The debut of Savage Life-Vol 2 sold about 73k copies and earned him the #4 spot this week.

With so many high-selling debuts, Alicia Keys has slipped to #5 with 57k units sold. Amy Winehouse continues to stand in the top 10 with 37k units this week. Looks like with the exception of Webbie, women have been ruling the charts in terms of Hip Hop and R&B. How fitting for Women’s History Month?

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
1 Janet Jackson Discipline 181,075 181,452
2 Erykah Badu New Amerykah 123,884 124,125
4 Webbie Savage Life Vol2 72,497 72,807
5 Alicia Keys As I Am 57,269 3,206,842
10 Amy Winehouse Back to Black 37,507 1,738,226

Shawty Lo‘s hit “Dey Know” wasn’t enough for him to crack the top 10 this week. Units In The City debuted with 31k, putting the rapper at #13. Lupe Fiasco‘s The Cool is still chipping away at that golden plaque with 17k sold this week (376k total) while with rumors swirling about a Dipset break-up, Jim JonesHarlem’s American Gangster has nose dived from #19 to #63 with just under 25k sold. Pete Rock‘s highly anticipated NY’s Finest just barely makes it onto the Billboard top 200 with the #193 spot. The legendary producer sold almost 4k in his 1st week while Joe Budden‘s new effort Mood Muzik 3: The Album sold 1,100 units in its debut. Other Notables…

Rank Artist   Album This Week Total
13 Shawty Lo   Units in the City 31017 31168
32 Lupe Fiasco   The Cool 17362 376270
63 Jim Jones   Harlem’s American Gangster 11880 37008
193 Pete Rock   NY’s Finest 3806 3900
Joe Budden   Mood Muzik 3 1112 1159

Webbie cracked the top 5 this week, but can new releases from from Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and Fat Joe follow suit? Stay tuned till next week…



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