CHARTWATCH: Mac Miller Makes Indie History In Debut

 (Week Ending November 18)

Mac Miller’s debut album Blue Slide Park sold 148,915 units in its first week and claimed the #1 spot on the charts. Under independent label Rostrum Records, Mac Miller has made history by becoming the first indie act since Tha Dogg Pound to reach the #1 spot on the charts in the first week. Mac Miller, who boasts over a million followers on Twitter and a million and a half ‘likes’ on Facebook, is currently on his “Blue Slide Park Tour” that runs through the end of December.

Wale’s Ambition (Warner Bros.) fell from the #2 spot down to #15 after a 77 percent decline in sales, selling 37,815 units in its second week. However, let us remind you that Ambition did sell 163,000 copies in the first week.

Tech N9ne’s collaboration album, Welcome To Strangeland (Strange Music),debuted at the #21 spot, selling 26,333 copies in the first week.

Elsewhere in the Top 50, Lil Wayne’s, Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal Rep.) sold 24,606 copies, dropping seven spots on the chart to #22.

Kanye West & Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation) also dropped seven spots after selling 18,257 units this past week and fell to the 27th spot on the chart.

Another Roc Nation artist, J. Cole, saw his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, fall to the 30-spot on the charts, after it sold 16,564 copies in the past week. Both Jay-Z, Kanye West, and J. Cole are currently on tour so don’t expect the relevancy of their albums to fade dramatically anytime soon.

Dropping This Week: (Week Ending on 11/18/11)

Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, was officially released today. With chart-topping singles “Headlines” and “Make Me Proud,” Drake will look to better his 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, which sold 447,000 copies in the first week and claimed the top spot on the charts. To date it has sold over 1,417,000 copies, and Drake is expected to better those numbers with Take Care (Cash Money/Universal).

Also released today is Childish Gambino’s commercial debut, Camp, through Glassnote Music. Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover) plays a role on the NBC show, Community, and after three free albums and two mixtapes, he hopes for his first commercial offering to be a success. You can read AllHipHop’s review of Camphere.

Dropping Next Week: (Week Ending on 11/25/11)

Yelawolf will release his debut album, Radioactive (Shady Records), on Monday, November 21. The production credits were revealed today, including production from WillPower, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Jim Jonsin. Features include Eminem, Kid Rock, and Lil Jon amongst others.

On Black Friday, Mobb Deep will release their first project together in over six years entitled Black Cocaine. The EP will be self-released and include a five-song digital version as well as a seven-song physical limited edition release.

Other notable Hip-Hop albums dropping next week include Action Bronson and Statik Selektah’s collab album, Well Done, which will be released on Tuesday, November 22. Kidz In The Hall will release their album, Occasion, Tuesday as well. Notable features include Bun B, Curren$y, and Freddie Gibbs.