Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/4/09

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January 7th, 2009 | Author: Jake Paine

Kanye West‘s 808’s & Heartbreak [click to read] has gained momentum in an similar week to last,

from not Top 10 to Top 5. The album, received to varying reviews, made the million mark this week.


There was very little movement on the charts in the week after the holidays. Few new releases, and a 50% decrease in most sales allowed the biggest winners of 2008 to ease into their 2009 run. For another week, Taylor Swift‘s Fearless reigned supreme yet again. The Country star was one of the few staple positions in R&B took the top of the charts. Beyonce held tight to her #2 spot with I Am…Sasha Fierce [click to read].

Kanye West‘s 808’s & Heartbreak [click to read] has gained momentum in an similar week to last, from not Top 10 to Top 5. The album, received to varying reviews, made the million mark this week.

Keyshia Cole‘s A Different Me [click to read] got a gold plaque in three weeks out. Jamie Foxx [click to read] followed two positions after, with his Intuition [click to read] album fell a simple six spots from its debut week. Akon [click to read] passed up T.I. for the final of the Top 5 urban artists, with Freedom [click to read] coming in at #11 from the one-time platinum superstar.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2 Beyonce I Am…Sasha Fierce
89,607 1,535,791
3 Kanye West 808’s & Heartbreak 70,932 1,094,859
7 Keyshia Cole A Different Me 53,627 502,218
8 Jamie Foxx Intuition 44,638 414,506
11 Akon Freedom 77,632 350,254

Lil Wayne [click to read] has climbed in the dormant release schedule. Tha Carter III [click to read] trudges towards three million sold in the States, with present projections making that mark possible by February. Plies [click to read] fell 22 spaces with his third major label full length in two years. Da REAList [click to read] was followed by Common‘s [click to read] Universal Mind Control [click to read], despite many mixed reviews.

Meanwhile, Scarface [click to read] remains strong with his Emeritus [click to read], his reported last album from the onetime platinum rapper. Lil Wayne remains the only rapper with two albums on the chart, as DJ Drama and Aphilliates Music Group released a retail version of Dedication 3 [click to listen], that sold just under 10,000 units last week, gaining ground from extensively from its appearance a week earlier.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
19 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 25,992 2,900,412
20 Plies Da REAList 24,747 192,128
40 Common Universal Mind Control 17,315 166,432
118 Scarface Emeritus 5,939 85,410
137 DJ Drama & Lil Wayne Dedication 3 5,300 23,080

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Stay tuned to HipHopDX for next week….

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