CHARTWATCH: Black Friday Boosts Sales for Young Money, The Throne


 (Week Ending December 2nd)

After debuting last week at the top spot on the charts (659,190 units sold), Drake’s sophomore effort, Take Care (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Rep), fell to #4 after selling 173,618 copies in its second week. Over the weekend in San Francisco, Drake and the OVO crew shot the video for “The Motto,” which is the next single off Take Care.

Fellow YMCMB member, Lil Wayne, saw an 147% increase in sales as The Carter IV (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Rep) sold 62,790 copies this past week and checked in at #14 on the charts. This sudden, huge increase in sales might be attributed to Black Friday shoppers finding themselves unable to turn away from a discounted Carter IV.

Black Friday may have also contributed to the 60% boost in sales for Kanye West & Jay-Z. The duo are currently on the “Watch The Throne Tour” as their album, Watch The Throne (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation), continues its run on the charts, where it has been a stable presence since its August release. This past week, it sold 31,541 copies, yet moved down 4 spots to #32.

Elsewhere on the charts, Yelawolf’s first album since joining Shady Records, Radioactive, sold 41,826 copies in its first week, debuting at #25. Features include Eminem, Kid Rock, Lil Jon, Killer Mike, and Mystikal.

Wale’s Ambition (Warner Bros.) sold 20,357 copies this past week and dropped from the 18th spot to #50.

After A Big Week in Ongoing Hip-Hop Sales was reported last week, a few big names have dropped out of the Top 50.

J. Cole’s debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation), dropped out of the Top 50 for the first time since its release in late September.

Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park fell out of the Top 50 as well. This comes three weeks after Mac Miller made history by becoming the first indie act since Tha Dogg Pound to reach the top spot in their debut, selling 148,915 units. However, after an 83% decrease in his second week of sales, this should not be too much of a surprise to see him absent from the Top 50.

Lastly, Childish Gambino’s commercial debut, Camp (Glassnote), dropped out of the charts in its second week, after selling just over 51,000 units last week. You can read AllHipHop’s review of Camp here.

Dropping This Week (Week Ending on 12/2/11):

Curren$y’s Jet Life compilation album, Jet World Order (Jets International/iHipHop Distribution), drops today. The album features Jet members Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Smoke DZA, Mikey Rocks, Fiend, Nesby Phips, Corner Boy P, and Street Wiz. Read’s review of Jet World Order here.

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

The Roots will drop their 13th album, undun (Def Jam), next Tuesday (December 6). The legendary group’s first single off the album, entitled “Make My,” features Big K.R.I.T.

T-Pain’s fourth album, rEVOLVEr (RCA/Nappy Boy/Konvict), is set to release on Tuesday as well. The 17-track album includes features from Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa among others. Watch the video for the single “5 O’Clock” featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen below: