J. Cole is no longer at the top of the Rap/Hip Hop charts this week, but who’s at #1? Murs and Ski Beatz rocket their way onto the charts, while Styles P holds a Top 100 spot.
Lil Wayne re-claimed the top of the Hip Hop charts, after three weeks of J. Cole’s tenure. Additionally, Murs’ first album with Dame Dash’s Blu Roc Records squeezed onto the charts, as this week’s key addition.
Lil Wayne”s Tha Carter IV fell three spots to #9, as the only Hip Hop/Rap album in the Top 10. The platinum works features the likes of Tech N9ne, Andre 3000 and Nas, as the top-selling 2011 Hip Hop/Rap release. Wayne’s artist, Nicki Minaj climbed eight spots last week with her solo debut, Pink Friday.
Cole World: The Sideline Story by J. Cole sold over 30,000 third-week units. Backed by Sony Records, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation flagship fell six spots to #11. Largely self-produced, the Fayetteville, North Carolina native’s album featured Drake and Missy Elliott, in addition to Jay.
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s watch The Throne maintained the #13 spot. The Roc-A-Fella alumni’s first collaborative album features production contributions from 88-Keys, RZA and Lex Luger.
Jay’s wife Beyonce and her 4 fell four spots to #23. The pregnant Pop/R&B superstar’s fourth solo offering features an appearance by Outkast’s Andre 3000, along with production from Kanye West and his production team – including Jeff Bhasker, as well as a writing credit to former G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence.
Dance/Pop/Rap group LMFAO’s sophomore album, Sorry For Party Rocking is headed towards 200,000 units sold. The Interscope Records group, co-founded by the iconic Motown Records’ Barry Gordy’s grandson, worked with will.i.am and Busta Rhymes on their latest album, which charted at #30.
* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
||Tha Carter IV
||Cole World: The Sideline Story
||Jay-Z & Kanye West
||Watch The Throne
||Sorry For Party Rocking
Eminem and Royce Da 5’9′s first full-length album, Hell : The Sequel, (as Bad Meets Evil) sold another 10,000 units. The gold-certified Shady/Interscope Records project is marching towards 600,000 units sold. The album features Bruno Mars and Slaughterhouse.
Former Athletic Mic League deejay-turned-Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne’s sophomore album, How Do You Do crossed the 15,000 benchmark on the charts. The Stones Throw Records artist, now backed by major label Universal Republic, worked with Snoop Dogg on his second go-round.
Compton, California’s Game is closing in on 200,000 units with his R.E.D. Album The Aftermath/Interscope Records star maintained a Top 100 spot of his fourth solo works. This album features Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross.
Yonkers, New York emcee Styles P’s latest solo endeavor Master of Ceremonies fell 67 spots to #98. The longtime member of The L.O.X./D-Block’s E1 Entertainment effort features contributions from veterans such as Warren G, Pete Rock and Pharoahe Monch. This is marketed as The Ghost’s fourth studio solo, his first in nearly four years.
Taking the #200 spot, Los Angeles, California emcee Murs’ latest project, Love & Rockets, Volume 1debuted on the charts. The Blu Roc/DD172 Records is almost entirely produced by Ski Beatz. The work features label-mate Tabi Bonney, as well as D.I.T.C.’s O.C. and Black Hippy’s Ab-Soul.
||Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9)
||Hell: The Sequel
||How Do You Do
||The R.E.D. Album
||Master of Ceremonies
||Love & Rockets, Volume 1
Freestyle Fellowship’s first album in close to a decade released this week. Will Decon’s reputation for shining a light on dope Hip Hop earn Aceyalone and company a spot on the Top 200?