Drake is platinum with "Take Care." Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg make encore 2011 chart appearances while Naughty By Nature misses the Top 200 for the first time in their illustrious 20 year career.
Another collaborative album, this one a soundtrack from Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, was the lone Hip Hop addition to the charts this week. The pair's latest work, and Snoop's first project with Atlantic Records, made a Top 30 debut. With production by Exile, Jake One and Warren G, this work was the commercial debut of Wiz's working with his latest Taylor Gang Records signee, Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J.
Drake'sTake Care Reaches Platinum
Drake's platinum again, this time with sophomore studio album Take Care. While the Toronto native is in a controversial dialogue with Common, the release is one of just three 2011 albums the reach the million-mark. The Cash Money/Young Money release features Birdman, Nicki and Rick Ross. The fourth single, "Take Care" featuring Rihanna, is at radio now.
Naughty By Nature Misses Charts For First Time In Career
New Jersey Hip Hop pioneers Naughty By Nature had made the charts with every album between 1991 and 2002. This year's Anthem, Inc., the trio's first album in nine years missed the charts its week after release. Treach, Vin Rock and Kaygee had not missed the charts with an album since their pre-NBN days as MCA Records' New Style.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 12/11/2011
#7. Drake - Take Care - 77,000 (1,044,000)
#14. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 54,000 (373,000)
#21. LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking - 40,000 (401,000)
#23. Mary J. Blige - My Life II: The Journey Continues 39,000 (309,000)
#26. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - Mac & Devin Go To High School Soundtrack 38,000 (39,000)
#37. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 29,000 (1,826,000)
#49. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 22,000 (1,166,000)
#61. The Roots - undun - 18,000 (67,000)
#78. J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story - 14,000 (463,000)
#87. Wale - Ambition - 13,000 (293,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000.