(News) Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/10/08

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For the second week in a row, Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Webbie proved to be Asylum/Atlantic Recordslatest success story, with Savage Life Volume 2 holding the #11 position, based off the the strong single “Independent.”

The calm before the storm of Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross affected the charts little this week. As Country star Alan Jackson, and former accomplice of Rock-rappin’ outfit G. Love & Special Sauce, Jack Johnson held down the #1 and #2 spots, R&B occupied much of the Top 10, with queens throughout the ’80s, ’90s and present-day holding the slots with four very distinctly-created albums.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
3 Janet Jackson Discipline 57,398 238,850
6 Erykah Badu New Amerykah 41,466 165,591
8 Alicia Keys As I Am 38,486 3,245,328
11 Webbie Savage Life Vol 2 28,652 101,459
13 Mary J Blige Growing Pains 37,507 1,321,304

Further down the charts, the usual suspects of Soulja Boy, Kanye West and Jay-Z all remained active on the charts, as Lupe Fiasco continues to prove his consistent success, with The Cool coming in at #35, but Food & Liquor also scanning over a 1,000 units this week on the Rap/Hip Hop Top 100. His partial label-mate Shawty Lo did not fare as well, dropping significantly from a strong start last week. Cult favorite Joe Budden is also making a convincing argument that albums made off of mixtapes are suffering in the marketplace, despite rave reviews. His Amalgam Digital retail release has yet to find position in the Top 200. Other Notables…

Rank Artist   Album This Week Total
35 Lupe Fiasco   The Cool 16,218 392,488
46 Shawty Lo   Units In The City 13,774 44,942
55 Soulja Boy   SouljaBoyTellEm.com 12,600 826,382
141 Lil’ Flip   All Eyes On Us 5,347 5,393
Joe Budden   Mood Muzik 3 734 1,893

Chart holders ought not get too comfortable though, as March’s premier releases from Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and Fat Joe are likely to challenge many of these spots next week.

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