Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/11/08

January 14, 2009 0


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. Kanye West‘s 808’s & Heartbreak took the top urban spot back, at #3. The album, may grow in sales, as the Chicago luminary is set to grace the covers of upcoming issues of Complex and VIBE.

Beyonce followed behind with I Am…Sasha Fierce at #4.

Keyshia Cole‘s A Different Me held the #7 spot. Jamie Foxx was right behind with his Intuition. The effort stands a chance at going gold this week. Lastly, Akon returned to the Top 10 for the first time in close to a month with Freedom coming in at #10 from the one-time platinum superstar. 
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)


Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
3 Kanye West 808’s & Heartbreak
50,486 1,145,345
4 Beyonce I Am…Sasha Fierce 49,365 1,585,156
7 Keyshia Cole A Different Me 36,875 539,093
8 Jamie Foxx Intuition 33,666 448,172
10 Akon  Freedom 26,881 377,175

Lil Wayne has climbed in the dormant release schedule. Tha Carter III heads towards three million. The New Orleans veteran had three albums on the charts this week. Plies took the #32 spot with his third major label full length in two years. Da REAList was followed, 22 spots later, by Common‘s Universal Mind Control, despite many mixed reviews. 

Meanwhile, Scarface may be a week away from six figures with hisEmeritus, his reported last album from the onetime platinum rapper. Despite strong sales, the effort has been ignored by commercial radio. With a T-Wayne bootleg mixtape, The T-Wayne Show also making the Top 200 at #152 with 3,400 copies sold, Lil Wayne saw three total placements on the charts. His DJ Drama and Aphilliates Music Group released a retail version of Dedication 3, that sold just under 4,000 units last week, putting the retail mixtape on the charts for the fourth straight week. 

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
22 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 17,766 2,918,178
32 Plies Da REAList 14,149 206,277
54 Common Universal Mind Control 9,516 175,948


141 DJ Drama & Lil Wayne Dedication 3 3,594 26,674

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