CHARTWATCH: A Big Week in Ongoing Hip-Hop Sales


(Week Ending November 25)

Drake’s sophomore offering, Take Care (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Rep.), debuted at the #1 spot, taking over Mac Miller’s one-week reign by selling 659,190 units in the first week. As expected, Drake put up big numbers that outdid his debut Thank Me Later‘s first-week sales by over 200,000 copies. Earlier this week, Lil Wayne expressed his lack of concern for sales to MTV, “Pardon me for sounding, however, I sound with this statement, but we rich as sh*t so numbers and record sales that doesn’t matter to none of us.” Drake and Lil Wayne will shoot the video next week for “The Motto,” which is the next single from Take Care.

Childish Gambino’s commercial debut, Camp (Glassnote Music), opened at the #11 spot, selling 51,070 copies in its first week. Read’a review of Camp here.

After making history last week by becoming the first indie act since Tha Dogg Pound to reach the #1 spot on the charts in their first week (148,915 units), Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park sold 24,786 units in its second week on the charts, an 83% decrease compared to his first week numbers. The Rostrum Records act is currently on his “Blue Slide Park Tour” which runs through the end of December.

Wale’s Ambition (Warner Bros.) dropped 3 spots to #18, selling 29,847 copies in its third week after a strong debut.

Webbie’s Savage Life 3 (Trill) debuted at the #22 spot, selling 26,220 units in the first week.

Lil Wayne’s, Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal Rep.) experienced a 3% increase in sales selling 25,424 copies at spot 23.

Kanye West & Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation) took the 28th spot selling 19,743 units, an 8% increase from the week prior.

Continuing the trend of sales increases, J. Cole, who is currently on tour overseas, saw the sales of his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, increase by 13% at the 35 spot, selling 18,788 copies this past week.

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

Yelawolf released his first album on Shady Records, Radioactive, yesterday. Features include Eminem, Kid Rock, Lil Jon, Killer Mike, and Mystikal. The album has production from WillPower, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Jim Jonsin.

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. is co-sponsoring their album release party tonight (November 22) at BB Kings in New York City.

Kidz In The Hall’s, Occasion, drops today on Brainiac / Duck Down Music. Notable features include Bun B, Curren$y, and Freddie Gibbs.

Action Bronson and Statik Selektah’s collabo album, Well Done, drops today as well.

Dropping Next Week: (Week Ending on 11/29/11)

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