Chartwatch: A Very YMCMB Christmas & J. Cole New Year


(Week Ending On 12/9/11)

Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care (YM/CM/Universal), remained at the #4 spot after selling 89,469 copies in its third week. The album is about 80,000 units away from going platinum, so expect Drizzy to reach this mark before year’s end.

After a 60 percent boost in sales for Kanye West and Jay-Z was reported last week in part due to Black Friday shoppers, the duo experienced a 33 percent decrease in sales this week after selling 21,215 copies. Their album, Watch The Throne (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation), actually moved up a spot to #31 despite the decrease in sales.

Lil Wayne’s The Carter IV (YM/CM/Universal) sold 20,264 copies this past week, and dropped from the 14th spot to #36 on the charts. The 68 percent decrease in sales – after a huge increase in sales last week – can be explained by the effects of Black Friday on the previous week’s sales. Still, the album recently achieved double platinum status.

These three albums are the only Hip-Hop albums in this week’s Top 50, as a number of albums found on the charts last week failed to make it back this week. However, J. Cole reached a milestone…

His debut album, Cole World – The Sideline Story (Roc Nation), remained absent from the Top 50 for the second week in a row, but this did not stop the album from officially going gold this past week. J. Cole is currently on tour overseas and expressed his gratefulness for this milestone over Twitter, “9 weeks later. Thank you is an understatement. GOLD World.” J. Cole’s week got even better when it was announced that he had been nominated for a Grammy in the “best new artist” category.

Curren$y’s Jet Life compilation album, Jet World Order (Jets International/iHipHop Distribution), which released last week, failed to reach to the Top 50. You can read’s review of Jet World Order here.

Yelawolf’s first album on Shady Records, Radioactive, vacated the charts after debuting at #25 last week with 41,826 copies sold.

Continuing the trend, Wale’s Ambition (Warner Bros.) also dropped out of the Top 50, after clinging to the 50 spot last week.

Dropping This Week (Week Ending on 12/9/11):

The Roots 13th album, undun (Def Jam), was released today. You can read’s review of the legendary group’s 13th album here.

T-Pain’s fourth album, rEVOLVEr (RCA/Nappy Boy/Konvict), was also released today. The 17-track album includes features from Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa among others. You can read’s album review here.

Dropping Next Week (Week Ending on 12/16/11):

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s soundtrack to their upcoming movie, Mac and Devin Go To High School, drops next Tuesday. Watch the video for the lead single “Young, Wild and Free” below: