K'Naan is back on the charts for a second time in 2012 with "God, Country Or The Girl." Macklemore & Ryan Lewis prove they are no one-week sensation, as MGK, Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco move strong units.
Seattle, Washington's Macklemore & Ryan Lewis success last week continued. The DXnext certified duo just missed a sophomore week in the Top 10, coming in at #11 with The Heist. Machine Gun Kelly also held strong in the second week at retail with his own full-length debut on the Bad Boy imprint, Lace Up. Jay-Z's recent Live From Brooklyn souvenir album from his Barclay Center shows also crossed the 15,000 unit mark, as one of Roc Nation's less-publicized releases.
K'Naan hit the charts for a second time in 2012 with Country, God Or The Girl. The A&M Records release from the Somali-Canadian emcee/singer expanded his More Beautiful Than Silence EP from January on this fourth studio effort. Appearances by Nas and Nelly Furtado are found both places.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Have The Charts By Heist
The Heist, the latest self-released album from emcee Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis sold another 18,000 records. Macklemore, approaching 30, has a career dating back to the late '90s within the Seattle underground. His latest self-released effort is approaching six-figures in sales, and features appearances from Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q over Ryan's production.
MGK Laces Up
Machine Gun Kelly continues strong into week two. The Cleveland, Ohio retail spoke in-depth about his lyrical ability and label with HipHopDX last week. A leader within the "wild boy" movement, MGK's full-length debut hit the 65,000 mark. There are appearances from DMX, Waka Flocka Flame and more on Lace Up.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/21/2012
#11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 18,000 (97,000)
#22. Machine Gun Kelly (as MGK) - Lace Up - 15,000 (65,000)
#29. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer - 13,000 (320,000)
#35. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 12,000 (342,000)
#62. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 - 7,000 (128,000)
#68. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't - 6,300 (438,000)
#94. Jay-Z - Live In Brooklyn - 4,400 (16,000)
#114. DJ Drama - Quality Street Music - 3,600 (33,000)
#119. K'Naan - God, Country Or The Girl - 3,500 (3,500)
#144. Nas - Life Is Good - 2,900 (316,000)