Gorilla Zoe and will.i.am Lead This Week’s Billboard Chart Debuts, Kanye and 50 Cent Continue to Slide

g-zoe.jpgAtlanta native and Boyz N Da Hood group member, Gorilla Zoe, has the highest hip-hop debut on the Billboard Top 200 Chart this week with his solo LP, Welcome to the Zoo. The album moved 35,305 copies in its first week in stores and will land at No. 18. Next up, we have will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas at No. 38 with his new solo project, Songs About Girls, which moved 20,899 units.

Dipset’s Hell Rell also released his debut LP, For The Hell Of It, last Tuesday on Koch Records. Rell will chart at No. 55 with just under 16,000 copies sold. Finally we have Atlanta’s Gucci Mane with his latest, Trap-A-Thon. Powered by his single Freaky Gurl, Gucci’s album will land at No. 69 with sales of 12,457.

Meanwhile, in Kanye West and 50 Cent news, both albums continue to experience sharp sales drop offs. Kanye West’s Graduation, which cracked the 1 million mark last week, sees a 41 percent drop this week, but still manages to push a respectable 133,281 units. Graduation has recorded to date sales totalling 1,317,038. 50 Cent’s Curtis drops an even 50 percent this week with sales of 70,896 which brings him to a three-week total of 906,198.

  • Super

    first damn Gorilla Z is leading this week….das good to see a nigga from my hood gettin it

  • GMAN

    hell rells album is better than kaynes and 50s

  • paychexx

    didnt know these cds were out, not that i care, but where the promotion at? 3 weeks and kanye still selling cds. it show that people just want good music, not to say gorilla zoe or will.i.am arent goos artist, but we heard that shit before. peace.

  • hahahahaha

    damn kid.. 50 STILL hasnt gone platinum in the US yet huh?? well there goes his godlike image in rap.. it just goes to show you, sooner or later, shallow meaningless bullshit will stop being hot…

  • REAL

    LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS………………INDEPENDANT IS THE WAY 2 GO.DO THE MATH >>>IF ZOE WOULD HAVE GONE INDI,WITH 35,000 SOLD HE WOULD SEE MOST OF THAT $300,000 BUT BY BEING ON A MAJOR HE WILL NOW END UP MAYBE IN DEPT WITH THE COMPANY WHEN THEY GET THEIR PROMOTIONS,ADVANCE,AND VIDEO MONEY BACK…….SO MY FELLOW ARTIST,PRODUCERS, TAKE NOTE,NOW THESE DAYS INDI IS THE WAY 2 GO.

  • sk8nOnKush

    Z O E THAS ME
    I REMEMBER U DO U REMEMBER ME

    mann that joint be ridin. it aint on the welcome to the zoo but GO COP IT ANYWAY
    GA706BITCH

  • mike kelso

    dang dipset come on man im counting on you

    myspace.com/yoboymikekelso

  • Dirty South

    G Man u funny 4 saying that

  • KLETEWOOD

    REAL…I FEEL WHAT YOUR SAYING; BUT, If an artist distributes independently…The artist has to pay for marketing, video production, transportation expenses, and promotion all on his own. Sure, you get more on the upside; but you have to come out of pocket ON YOUR OWN instead of through your label.

    Deep pockets only come from GRINDIN! THERE’S ONLY CERTAIN ARTISTS (HUSTLERS) THAT HAVE DEEP POCKETS… Eazy E was one of the first to turn drug money into an independent record label. Birdman too! E-40 was ANOTHER to go independent with SICK WIT IT records. He signed with Jive for distribution…even though he has multiple artists under SICK WIT IT Records that he has to pay out of his own pocket. Now, E-40 is with BME…so Lil John has to pay for E-40’s expenses…Warner Bros. is responsible for the distribution.

    EITHER WAY…IT’S A GAMBLE! But, its better to be signed under a major label AND have your own label….just like 50 cent & Eminem.

  • Worley

    Hell Rell sold more than Havoc’s Kush? The world’s about to end.

    Will.I.am sold 21K. That teh ghey stuff doesn’t go over everytime I guess.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Ruger Rell and Zoe’s albums are very nice I would cop, I think 50s album is bette than Ye’s but no one can fuck with track 9 on Graduation tho. shit mite be the hottest beat I heard in a long time!!!

  • grapes

    Kanye’s still pushing…nice. Better than having 50 still pushing…Bootleg Curtis. Bootleg Graduation too actually. What’s really good is that…youknow…nevermind, no one really makes music worth buying these days. Maybe the Soulja Boy ringtone and the Goodlife single. That’s pretty much it. Notice I said Soulja Boy RINGTONE. Because that’s al he’s good for, yeah. ;)

  • http://xxlmag.com Cash ” Shak” Mo

    Dat GORILLA ZOE album is real tite, album worth buying, some real shit none ov dat snapping, GOOD ALBUM!!!

  • T.R.E.Y.

    will.i.am’s album > pretty much every other rap album this year other than Graduation.

    no homo

  • el_philth

    the funny part is these niggaz will still be frontin like they moved sum units??? wtf is 30,000 my dude?? that shit is unacceptable thats trash homey..u mean 2 tell me bad boy coudnt save face and purchase at least 10,000 or did they??? i know niggaz on forty duece movin 30,000 a weekend for real..i guess the majors will eat a dick..fuck em anyway the plantattion is burning niggaz get out the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • el_philth

    for all the sceptics out there sayng the indie grind is a gamble bcuz u gotta come outta pocket i gotta say u negroes obviously should stay in that cubicle working for anybody but yourself bcuz yall dont see the big picture ,,its called hustling for a reason you gotta put in what u expect to get out regardless if its a majors money or an indies money u still gotta spend bread..but the gift is how much u earn at the end of the day -how many slices of the cake u gota share is what matters so yeah indie all day-the internet is the label now

  • Ali

    lol @ 50 not gettin a mill yet…..all ya had 2 do was make another get rich but nooo u made another massacre…..thats wat happens when u do that haha

  • Choke-A-Hoe

    50′s album did’nt flop as far as a regular artist… but for 50 his album is a flop

  • DirtDoggy

    I think you mean.

    pretty much every other rap album this year>>will.i.am’s album

    But I would consider it a pop album anyway if thats what you like than maybe it’s good, man I glad this wack fuck flopped.

  • http://none nasir

    damn son.u only sold 35000 copies and you the leader of the week.HIPHOP is definitley DEAD.word up.curtis still not platnum after 3weeks.he dead too.

  • Mike Black

    hell rell has the hottest album out this year only album I heard that had about 10 good songs unlike other sorry albums that dropped for example T.I. vs T.I.P, Curtis, etc…….

  • T.R.E.Y.

    nah, i meant rap. or hip-hop if you wanna be technical.

    although i forgot to put T.I.’s unfairly shat on album above it too. that and Graduation = #2 and #1

  • Hollis

    Alright uh, so now people cant read. Gorilla zoe isnt leading the charts w/ 3500 copies… That’s just the highest selling HIP HOP debut this week, maybe not even the highest selling debut record of all that came out this week. Add a hundred thou’ to that, and that’s what kanye sold. Double it and that’s 50. So hip-hop’s not THAT dead. ANd “REAL”, glad you put the difference in goin major or indie, and put the bulletin to artists/producers. Im sure there were a few artists/producers w/ interscope and koch on the phone, not sure what to do till they read the comments section on xxlmag. You might have just saved a career. But on topic, Gorilla Zoe is surprisingly decent on this album..

  • http://yahoo BIGBEAR

    i am just a fan of great f*cking music,it pisses me off when i can’t go to the store and buy a cd that is good from track 1 till the the end. i think there would be less downloads and more sales if the artists were more consistant.

  • jihod

    2007 Summary
    Kanye- Graduation> Median-Median’s Relief>Prodigy-Return of the Mac>Little Brother-Get Back>Common-Finding Forever>Sean Price-Jesus Price Superstar>Talib Kweli- Ear Drum> Black Milk-Popelar Demand> DJ Jazzy Jeff-The Return of The Magnificent>Evidence-The Weatherman LP>9th Wonder-Dream Merchant Vol. 2>Brand Nubian- Times Runnin Out> Styles P- Ghost Sessions> Fabolous-From Somethin’ to Nothin’> Consequence- Don’t Quit Your Day Job> 50 Cent- Curtis>Redman- Red Gone Wild

  • jihod

    2007 Summary
    Kanye- Graduation> Median-Median’s Relief>Prodigy-Return of the Mac>Little Brother-Get Back>Common-Finding Forever>Sean Price-Jesus Price Superstar>Talib Kweli- Ear Drum> Black Milk-Popelar Demand> DJ Jazzy Jeff-The Return of The Magnificent>Evidence-The Weatherman LP>9th Wonder-Dream Merchant Vol. 2>Brand Nubian- Times Runnin Out> Styles P- Ghost Sessions> Fabolous-From Somethin’ to Nothin’> Consequence- Don’t Quit Your Day Job> 50 Cent- Curtis>Havoc- The Kush>Redman- Red Gone Wild

  • Vuitton Gotti

    Thing about it, Hell Rell didn’t get alot of promotion. And 16,000 independently don’t look too bad. Cause he gone keep gettin sales every week after so, thats whats up.

  • NYC BiG DEAZ16

    THE BEST ONES ARE 50 HELL RELL AND KANYE DATS ALL

  • Six Figga So$a

    On the real…Hell rell’s album is way better than 50′s and Kanye’s. And 16,000 compared to these other niggas aint bad at all. He sold more than Rick Ross, Havoc, and Gucci Mane. Plus will.I.am only sold 27,000 and he’s world wide.

  • http://myspace.com Ras B

    That nigga shyt is CLEAN. It SLAP yall heard his track Juicebox
    Its Tha shyt

  • http://myspace.com DaChao

    Im Indie and its WAY better
    Im seeing mah doe so i aint trippin but shyt indie better
    O and Gorilla Zoe album slap