Chartwatch: Drizzy, Weezy, Jay & Yeezy Kick Off 2012


(Week Ending On 1/6/12)

Two weeks after going platinum, Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care (YM/CM/Universal) opens 2012 at #2, after selling 72,110. Drake’s “Club Paradise Tour” will kick off in February as Drizzy looks to continue last year’s success in 2012.

Young Jeezy’s Thug Motivation 103 (Def Jam) remains at number after selling 63,232 copies in its second week. TM103 opened strong last week with 232,000 albums sold in its debut. The third and final album in the Thug Motivation series contains features from Jay-Z, Andre 3000, T.I., 2 Chainz, and Fabolous among others. Read our review of TM103 here.

Lil Wayne’s double-platinum selling album, Tha Carter IV (YM/CM/Universal), which was released in August of last year, opened 2012 with 35,965 units sold, claiming the #10 spot on the charts. The upcoming year looks bright for Lil Wayne and the rest of YMCMB, with multiple releases scheduled in the first and second quarters.

After a two-week absence from the top 50, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation) returned to the charts at #15 after selling 28,515 units. The duo concluded their popular “Watch The Throne” Tour in December and both are rumored to have solo projects scheduled for release this year.

Mac Miller’s, Blue Slide Park (Rostrum), also found its way back to the top 50 at #26, selling 19,565 copies this past week. This marks the first time the album has seen the top 50 since its second week for sale.

Common’s ninth album, The Dreamer/The Believer (Warner Bros.), after debuting last week at #17 and selling 69,000 copies, fell to #28 this past week, selling 18,662 albums. Common talked about the album, which features from Nas, Maya Angelou, and John Legend, in an exclusive interview with You can also read our review of the album here.

Elsewhere in the top 50, J. Cole’s Grammy-nominated and certified Gold album, Cole World: The Sideline Story (Columbia) made its way back into the Top 50 after a short absence, taking the #41 spot and selling 13,390 copies. J. Cole recently wrapped up his “Cole World” Tour and looks forward to the New Year after a big 2011.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s Mac & Devin Go To High School (Warner Bros.) sold 13,186 copies at #42.

Wale’s Ambition (Warner Bros) reappeared in the top 50 at #43 by selling 12,725 copies

Dropping This Week (1/6/12)

No notable Hip-Hop releases this week.

Dropping Next Week (1/13/12)

No notable Hip-Hop releases next week.