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Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/8/2012

Drake’s “Take Care” stands strong, while J. Cole’s “Cole World” and Pitbull’s “Planet Pit” make significant gains on the chart.

For the second week in a row no Rap/Hip Hop releases added to the charts. However, there were some movements within the reigning charters. While most releases saw a decrease in position, Pitbull‘s Planet Pit gained a massive 24 spots, J. Cole‘s Cole World debut climbed over 10 spots on the charts, while Game‘s R.E.D. ascended six spots, and Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa‘s Mac + Devin Go To High School Soundtrack release gained a single spot.

Drake’s Take Care Holds Strong At #2

Identical to last week, Drake held down the Rap/Hip Hop charts at #2, beat overall only by Adele. The Toronto emcee’s studio sophomore effort was just over 80,000 units behind the prodigous singer. Drizzy’s fourth overall commercial release (including the Young Money album) features Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj. The work is sitting at just under 1.3 million copies sold for the Cash Money/Young Money family.

Childish Gambino’s Camp Remains A Top 100 Release

Comedian/actor/writer-turned rapper Childish Gambino (a/k/a Donald Glover) continues to give Glassnote Records their first six-figure-selling Hip Hop album. The Community star’s album continues to thrive without radio-play, as the 28 year-old largely self-produced his studio debut. His three previous street albums include Poindexter, Culdesac and Sickboi.

Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/8/2012

#2. Drake – Take Care – 42,000 (1,289,000)

#4. Young Jeezy – TM 103: Hustler’s Ambition – 36,000 (337,000)

#6. Rihanna – Talk That Talk – 27,000 (541,000)

#8. LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking – 25,000 (549,000)

#17. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV – 17,000 (1,934,000)

#19. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne – 17,000 (1,248,000)

#38. J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story – 9,600 (508,000)

#40. Common – The Dreamer / The Believer – 9,500 (98,000)

#69. The Roots – undun – 6,400 (101,000)

#90. Childish Gambino – Camp – 4,900 (104,000)

* 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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