(Week Ending On 1/31/12)
Drake held it down for Hip-Hop releases in the Top 10 with his sophomore album Take Care claiming the #9 spot and selling 26, 433 copies. Along with the platinum album, Drake's new single "The Motto" which features Lil Wayne, has just gone platinum as well, securing the #16 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Young Jeezy announced his fourth album, TM103 (Def Jam), going gold after a month of release with the following tweet: "Half a MILLI #TM103 Certified GOLD thanks to yall. Half way there! Men and Women lie #'s don't. #ITSTHAWORLD Coming Soon. Stay Tuned!" Last week TM103 (Def Jam) sold 15,575 copies, a 7 percent decline from the week prior.
Coming in at #28 this week are Jay-Z and Kanye West with their platinum-certified album, Watch the Throne (Roc-A-Fella/RocNation) which dropped two spots from last week with a 1 percent decline in album sales. Watch the Throne (Roc-A-Fella/RocNation) sold 12,723 copies in the last week.
Surprisingly, two weeks after her daughter's birth, Beyonce, saw a 3 percent increase in sales for her album 4 (Columbia) selling 8,302 copies and coming in at #41 on the charts.
Memphis native Yo Gotti released his debut album, Live From the Kitchen (RCA) last week to disappointing numbers, with 15,000 copies sold of his #14 debut. Gotti, who had been very vocal in the past few weeks about the lack of marketing from the label, fell out of the Top 50 this week altogether.
Lil Wayne’s platinum-certified Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal) moved another 10,000 copies this week and came in at #37 with a 4 percent decline in sales from the prior week.
Dropping This Week (1/31/12)
Alchemist and Oh No will be dropping their psychedelic-rap collaboration, titled Vodka and Ayahuasca (Decon), under the name Gangrene.
Dropping Next Week (2/7/12)
No notable Hip-Hop releases next week.