Without a "Rack City" in "Hotel California's" arsenal, Tyga still holds steady on his selling-power. And Eminem's "Curtain Call" greatest hits compilation still sells better than most 2013 releases.
Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience finally gave up #1, after three straight weeks at the pinnacle. Tyler, The Creator's diss-muse Hayley Williams and her band Paramore, along with LL Cool J's homie Brad Praisley assumed the #1 and #2 spots, respectively, as JT fell to #3.
The key addition this week was Tyga. The 2008 DXnext alum's third solo album, Hotel California scored a Top 10 debut, selling over 50,000 first-week units. Strangely, the Los Angeles, California native revealed in the last week that besides a signing bonus, he has not received any royalty checks from Cash Money/Young Money, despite a five-plus year tenure on the label. This is Tyga's second Top 10 debut in the last 14 months. Last February, his Careless World: Rise Of The Last King debuted at #4, selling a similar 61,000 copies at first week.
Tyga Checks Into Hotel California
A year ago, Tyga had one of radio's biggest hits in the DJ Mustard-produced "Rack City." The Young Money artist was breaking mainstream success, and had a headlining tour. With Hotel California, there have not been hit singles. Despite this, Travie McCoy's cousin, who has a Reebook endorsement deal of his own, still sold within 10,000 units of Careless World: Rise Of The Last King.
Hotel California featured a last minute omission of the Tupac-featured, controversially-titled "Hit 'Em Up," but the album still boasts a who's who of Hip Hop, including 2 Chainz, Game, Rick Ross and longtime label-boss Lil Wayne. Producers include Cool & Dre, SAP, and Mars of 1500 Or Nothin'.
The Curtain Rises Again For Eminem's Curtain Call
With Nielsen reports now including catalog sales, Eminem's 2005 greatest hits compilation Curtain Call (The Hits) is revealed as juggernaut at retail. The Interscope project famously includes the live version of "Stan" with Elton John from the 43rd Grammy Awards, as well as premiered rarities and then new-cuts "Shake That," "Fack," and "When I'm Gone." Released in a period when Em's own album-making future was in question, the compilation is slowly inching towards four-times-platinum, and out-selling all but one new Hip Hop release last week.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 4/14/2013
#7. Tyga - Hotel California - 54,000 (54,000)
#8. Lil Wayne - I Am Not A Human Being II - 42,000 (327,000)
#16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist - 26,000 (580,000)
#22. Tyler, The Creator - Wolf - 18,000 (107,000)
#44. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city - 11,000 (848,000)
#77. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 7,400 (312,000)
#104. T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head - 4,300 (450,000)
#109. Eminem - Curtain Call - 4,100 (3,702,000)
#117. 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story - 3,900 (588,000)
#180. Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares - 2,800 (347,000)