Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch The Throne" slides back into the Top 10, as new releases from Yo Gotti and Schoolboy Q enjoy encore performances on the charts.
Both of last week's Hip Hop additions to the charts made an encore appearance. No new releases from the genre hit the Top 200 this week, as January continues to pad the numbers from the top commercial releases from last year as a string of exciting releases for Quarter 2 and sooner loom on the horizon for 2012.
Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch The Throne Climbs The Charts
2011's most talked-about Hip Hop album, Watch The Throne gained five spots. New father Jay-Z continued to drive headlines last week about rumors of him no longer using certain words, as Kanye West continued to tour his extensive solo catalog. WTT features Frank Ocean, Mr. Hudson and another new parent, Beyonce.
Schoolboy Q's Habits & Contradictions Charts Again
Black Hippy emcee Schoolboy Q is enjoying the commercial accolades of releasing one of 2012's first "acclaimed" Rap releases, in its first full week available to fans. The West Los Angeles, California emcee's second "project" Habits & Contradictions features involvement from The Alchemist, ASAP Rocky and Curren$y, in addition to appearances from Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/8/2012
#4. Drake - Take Care - 29,000 (1,350,000)
#5. Rihanna - Talk That Talk - 20,000 (583,000)
#6. Young Jeezy - TM 103: Hustler's Ambition - 19,000 (380,000)
#13. LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking - 16,000 (582,000)
#20. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne - 12,000 (1,273,000)
#29. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV - 11,000 (1,957,000)
#64. Common - The Dreamer / The Believer - 5,500 (112,000)
#65. Wale - Ambition - 5,500 (345,000)
#68. Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen - 5,200 (22,000)
#159. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions - 2,500 (6,500)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
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