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Common’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Debuts At No. 6 In This Week’s Album Sales (7/30/14)

Common has been producing higher quality work since linking back up with No I.D. in 2011. That unfortunately hasn't translated into higher sales numbers...

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Trey Songz’s ‘Trigga’ Falls To No. 9 In This Week’s Album Sales (7/23/14)

 

This is the week a parody album is doing better than hip-hop albums. Weird Al Yankovic's Mandatory Fun, which has parodies of "Fancy" and "Happy," tops the charts (for the first time in his career) with 104,000 units pushed. Thi...

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Trey Songz’ ‘Trigga’ Stays In The Top 5 In This Week’s Album Sales (07/16/2014)

While Sia's 1000 Forms Of Fear tops the Billboard 200 this week, Trey Songz still maintains a high position after releasing his fifth studio LP...

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Trey Songz’ ‘Trigga’ Debuts At No. 1 In This Week’s Album Sales (07/09/2014)

Trey Songz does it again. On the Billboard 200, the R&B crooner holds the No. 1 spot as Trigga debuts with 105,000 copies.

Songz last album, 2012's Chapter V, opened at No...

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G-Eazy’s ‘These Things Happen’ Lands At No. 3 In This Week’s Album Sales (07/02/2014)

You can't knock G-Eazy's hip-hop hustle. Last month, G released his independent album These Things Happen, which features his hit singles "I Mean It" and "Lotta That...

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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘AKA’ Cracks The Top 10 In This Week’s Album Sales (6/25/2014)

In the world outside of hip-hop, Lana Del Rey has scored big. The singer-songwriter landed her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Ultraviolence...

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50 Cent is always thinking about how he can impact hip-hop and its structure. At the beginning of 2014, the 38-year-old MC announced he was officially going independent, leaving Interscope after more than a decade and securing greater creative control over G-Unit Records and his music. To keep things in motion, 50 signed a new worldwide distribution agreement with Caroline/Capitol/UMG for his fifth album Animal Ambition, which means he’s no longer held back by the major label system.

After a strategic marketing plan where he released a song per week in the months leading up to the project's release, Animal Ambition is officially in stores today. The 14-track LP marks 50 Cent’s return to solo form since his last album, 2009’s Before I Self Destruct, and he’s hitting all the right pockets that made him a household name in the first place in the early 2000s. On Animal Ambition, 50’s tapped his loyal circle of producers to create a smooth and gritty body of work that’s similar to his come up days. Names like Jake One ("Hustler," "The Funeral,"), Ty Fyffe ("Chase The Paper"), and Nascent ("Flip On You") are veterans in 50’s producer pool that know exactly what he's looking for. Others are fairly new, but show out on impressive radio-friendly singles and street bangers that have the potential to be summer favorites.

When someone of the caliber of 50 Cent is making the push for a comeback, it’s no question that XXL goes deeper into the project's creative process. Speaking with all 14 producers involved on the LP, we get a sense of his work ethic and, honestly, his untamed desire to win. So dust off your G-Unit sneakers and get ready for the stories behind how every track on Animal Ambition came together. This is 50’s finest hour. —Eric Diep, Christopher Harris, Christina Kelly, Chris Mench, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys
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50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’ Falls Out Of Top 10 In This Week Album’s Sales (6/18/2014)

After a strong week from 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition, this week the rapper’s fifth studio album didn’t fare so well. While it remains the top rap album on the charts, 50’s LP has fallen to No...

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50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’ Lands At No. 4 In This Week’s Album Sales (6/11/2014)

50 Cent’s recent activities have got hip-hop paying attention to him again. During the album promotion of Animal Ambition, Fiddy dropped a song every week to build anticipation for his fifth studio LP...

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Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ Debuts At No. 3 In This Week’s Album Sales (6/4/2014)

Mariah Carey's Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse is the top album in hip-hop/R&B this week. Carey's fourteen studio album landed at No. 3 ...

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Dips To No. 3 In This Week’s Album Sales (5/28/2014)

Michael Jackson's second posthumous album Xscape drops in sales significantly on its second week. According to HitsDailyDouble, the King Of Pop's LP sold only 68,000 copies, which is a large dip compared to the 161,000 copies moved last week...

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