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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/16/2013

Posted By on June 19, 2013

Three new Hip Hop releases found their way to the Top 200 charts last week.

First up is Action Bronson and Harry Fraud’s “Saab Stories”. After two previous full-length albums released in 2011, Action Bronson’s first major label effort finally earned him a spot on the charts. While both Action and Fraud are no stranger to appearing on high-selling efforts, this was a first to the underground Hip Hop vets. The VICE/Atlantic/Warner Bros. Records-backed Saab Stories sold nearly 8,000 copies in its exclusively digital presentation.


Next is the comedy collective known as “The Lonely Island”. The group (consisting of Adam Sandberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) broke the Top 10 with their third LP, The Wack Album. Kendrick Lamar, Too Short, and T-Pain joined a guest ensemble that also included Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake. The Rap-Comedy album spawned singles such as the Teddy Bend-Her-Ass-assisted “I Fucked My Aunt,”grabbing laughs and approximately 28,000 in sales.


Third is Prodigy and Alchemist. The long time friends and collaborators followed up 2007’s Return Of The Mac with their second joint-album, Albert Einstein. The effort is believed to take its name from both artists’ government names, Albert and Alan, respectively. Released on Prodigy’s own Infamous Recordings, the album displays Alchemist’s recent psychedelic influence, as heard on Russian Roulette and Gangrene’s Vodka & Ayahausca albums—part of his banner 2012 “Producer Of The Year” takings.


Note worthy chart placements for the week ending in 6/16/2013:

#2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories – 48,000 (543,000)

#10. Lonely Island – Wack Album – 28,000 (28,000)

#17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 23,000 (821,000)

#43. Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being II – 10,000 (487,000)

#55. French Montana – Excuse My French – 8,400 (94,000)

#56. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – 8,200 (929,000)

#63. Action Bronson & Harry Fraud – Saab Stories – 7,600 (7,600)

#88. The-Dream – IV Play – 5,500 (37,000)

#133. Kid Cudi – Indicud – 3,700 (219,000)

#175. Prodigy & Alchemist – Albert Einstein – 3,000 (3,000)