The Roots may have made a potential modern classic, but the charts don't exactly reflect it. T-Pain and Robin Thicke debut, as Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch The Throne" still shines on.
Philadelphia Hip Hop mainstay The Roots were the lone Hip Hop addition to the charts this week. Their latest album, undun, received the highest praise possible from HipHopDX - a perfect rating. Meanwhile, clean-cut crooner Robin Thicke brought out a Top 25 release for Interscope which features Lil Wayne, as T-Pain's rEVOLVEr released from RCA/Sony Records also featuring Weezy, along with Wiz Khalifa and Pitbull.
The Roots' undun Gets Major Acclaim, Misses Top 10
The 11th studio album by The Roots was driven by concept. The Def Jam band brought in Big K.R.I.T. and Sufjan Stevens, along with veteran affiliates Dice Raw and Phonte to craft a 14 track effort that clocked in at just under 40 minutes. The work debuted at #16, eight spots lower than last year's How I Got Over. One of the more impressive works of 2011 sold just under 50,000 units.
Drake's Take Care Possibly A Week From Platinum
Drake's Take Care sits just below 970,000 units sold. As early as next week, the former Degrassi actor on pace to have two platinum studio albums and a gold mixtape. The Cash Money/Young Money release features Birdman, Nicki and Rick Ross. The fourth single, "Take Care" featuring Rihanna, is at radio now.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/11/2011
#7. Drake - Take Care - 73,000 (968,000)
#12. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 52,000 (318,000)
#16. The Roots - undun - 48,000 (48,000)
#20. Mary J. Blige - My Life II: The Journey Continues 42,000 (270,000)
#21. Robin Thicke - Love After War - 41,000 (42,000)
#25. T-Pain - rEVOLVEr - 34,000 (34,000)
#45. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 20,000 (1,144,000)
#74. Wale - Ambition - 11,000 (281,000)
#97. Yelawolf - Radioactive - 8,400 (62,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000.
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