(News) Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 5/11/08

There was little movement in the rankings of R&B and Hip Hop on the charts last week. Mariah Carey continues to push towards platinum. The late ’80s diva was topped by Neil Young, Toby Keith, Clay Aiken and Madonna respectively.

The Roots, despite limited marketing and promotion, have remain one of Def Jam‘s top Hip Hop sellers, since Kanye West, Jay-Z and Rick Ross. Ross cracked 500,000 units this week, with the push of his chart-topping T-Pain-assisted single “The Boss.”

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
5 Mariah Carey E=MC2 87,070 828,576
12 Lyfe Jennings Lyfe Change 31,663 112,123
28 The Roots Rising Down 20,741 74,665
29 Alicia Keys As I Am 16,594 3,453,019
34 Rick Ross Trilla 17,516 501,556

Atmosphere continues to impress with high chart appearances, despite independence. Shawty Lo cracked 100,000 units, as did Trina, with her new video and single. Southern rap continues to be a marketplace draw, as Flo Rida still fares well, and Lil Wayne‘s We The Best, an RBC Records release, sells over 20,000 copies of anticipatory material for The Carter III.

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.6935/title.hip-hop-album-sales-week-ending-5-11-08Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Total
57 Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons 13,493 64,031
71 Flo Rida Mail On Sunday 10,639 224,686
103 Trina Still Da Baddest 7,361 102,740
130 Shawty Lo Units In The City 4,499 104,769
187 Lil Wayne We The Best 4,089 20,819

With next week releases from Kidz In The Hall, Foxy Brown and Bun B, who can start to heat things up for the summer time? Stay tuned as DX brings the play-by-play.

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