Nas & Damian Marley Move 57K Units In Week One

After hip-hop’s disappointing presence on The Billboard 200 last week, new releases by Nas and Damiam Marley and Reflecion Eternal gave a much needed boost to the genre today (May 26).

The Queensbridge MC and the Jamaican reggae singer’s collaborative album, Distant Relatives, debuted at No. 5, bringing rap music back into Billboard‘s Top 10 for the first time in three weeks. God’s Son and Bob’s Son sold an impressive 57,300 according to the Nielsen SoundScan.

Atlanta sensation B.o.B. landed nine spots down at No. 14. The Adventures of Bobby Ray, pulled in an additional 22,700 units this go-round and after a month on the charts, the 2009 XXL Freshman has a total sales figure of 170,500.

Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek’s new Reflection Eternal album, Revolutions Per Minute, picked up the No. 18 spot. Fans bagged up 20,900 copies of the duo’s sophomore effort in its introductory week in stores.

The Black Eyed Peas slipped three slots to No. 23. The E.N.D. still managed to add 17,300 units to its overall tally, which now stands at 2,534,900.

Ludacris also fell a couple of positions to No. 31, rounding out the Top 40. Battle of the Sexes, was purchased 12,600 times in the last seven days, making its 11-week total 417,500.

Look for Nas and B.o.B. to duke it out for top hip-hop spot on the charts next week. —Elan Mancini

  • mike4282

    First…..

    Um, can anybody explain to me that moving 56k in one week is good? On the da flip can anybody explain that moving 56k in a week is bad? Not to sure of what to make of this one.

    • Stuckfresh

      In todays market 56K with no big single is great! the meth,ghost and rae only did 24k frist week sales! 56k is a good # for them and its a good album! if you dont know thats a good # today you must still be in the 90s or early 2000′s! Good job Nas!

    • jtm

      you are a lil wayne fan are you?

    • unknown

      you have to be a lil wayne fan to think that isn’t a lot for a nas album with no hit single.

  • http://geoffbrennan.webs.com Gebra

    Damn – both sold better than i pegged them too, esp the Nas&JrGong album – but with both, very supportive fanbase – guarantee everyone who was gonna buy these albums got them first week – they’ll both drop off like nobody’s business next week.

    Also, has every1 checked out that Blak Roc album? that is the dogs balls aka great!

  • sb

    these are like numbers in the 70′s and 80′s

  • T-MART

    who cars about numbers why even have this drop??? wtf! we aint accountants no body crunching numbers. this shit is for the nerds, i mean come on. WHEN DID U START CARING ABOUT SALES????? 4 REAL AS A FAN TELL ME YOU FUCKING PUSSYS. fuck this shit. we talk about the music the content itself not how much hi- tek and kweli did. i didnt even know they had an album out TO BEGIN WITH. BUT NOW I DO KNOW THEY HAVE 20,000 SOME ODD FANS THAT COPPED.

  • NERDS/HIP-HOP NUMBER CRUNCHERS

    FUCK THIS SHIT, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  • NUMBER CRUNCHERS/NERDS

    IWS THAT WATS HOT NESS, YOU JUST GONNA DO YOUR TAXES, THAT WHAT HOT IN THE STREETS. YOU JUST GONNA CRUNCH NUMBERS NIGGA, SHIT THAT IT IM SHUTTIN DOWN THE STUDIO

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “Um, can anybody explain to me that moving 56k in one week is good? On the da flip can anybody explain that moving 56k in a week is bad? Not to sure of what to make of this one.”

    ^ from a fan’s perspective, you get some good music, and topping the charts gives the artist & fan some bragging rights.

    from a business perspective, you’re looking for a way to stop the bleeding, the numbers are horrendous.

    Oil emulsifiers look better than rap music right now.

    Last week was the lowest music buying week since 1991.

  • Worley

    “God’s Son and Bob’s Son”

    I love it. Good album too.

  • verbal kint

    copped them both! and before people start this only new yorkers copped the albums…I am born/raised/live in NC! on the nas/jr gong album “nah mean” goes super hard & on that reflection eternal “in this world” is on repeat! hip hop is still alive you just have to support it!

  • adrian smith erdington birmingham

    nas damian marley 56k not bad get the album sick how copy will eminem recovery sell

  • Exec Prolific

    Good to see Nas still has it

  • FRwritings

    50K?? TERRIBLE… DAMN, ARE WE CRAZY??? HIP HOP’S DEAD!!! REMEMBER WHEN HIP HOP USED TO MOVE NO LESS THAN 100,000 COPIES??

    SOUTHERN RAP IS KILLING HIP HOP, THESE MOTHA’FOKAZ CAN’T EVEN SPELL THEIR NAMES -WAKA FLOCKA FLAMES- DAMN SHAME DAWG

    DAMN SHAME THAT HIP HOP’S GOING DOWN IN FLAMES LIKE THIS CUZ THE MUSIC COMPANIES ARE INVESTING IN BULLSHIT LIKE SOLDIER BOY AND OTHERS THAT CAN’T EVEN TALK RIGHT LET ALONE RAP.

    • mike4282

      Its not dead…its on life support.
      Its’ been like that for awhile. But that would depend on who do people listen to. If your a big fan of “auto-tune”, lil wayne, akon,t-pain, souja boy, or ANYONE that is really hot right now then Hip Hop would be thriving. Otherwise if your in the latter like me then…your hoping guys like Eminem, outkast, and other MCs to come back and recussitate the genre.

  • The_Truth

    **ALBUM OF THE YEAR HANDS DOWN!**

    This is real music, production sounds like a movie soundtrack–I could give a DAMN about numbers, as long as artist like this put out good quality music consumers can respect, Im extremely pleased with this product.

  • Sha

    The sales for Nas were expected. And YES… It is impressive as hell! They did this without a radio hit…. They pushed the creative envelope with topics that aren’t discussed by the peer artists….Nas was going through a divorce….Damian produced the music (so it basically had no U.S. up to speed hip-hop production), and top it off with the turmoil that the record industry is in. This is incredible! Much respect to Nas again for holding it down. I am very very impressed with these two. I think they will definitely be respected as history judges this effort. This is a true winner for hip-hop….. Reflection Eternal? I don’t know…. They took a loss with this one. I personally think that they took too much time in putting it out. There were 3 videos out before the album dropped. If you a visually trying to sell your album (outside of one video before the album drops), chances are the label doesn’t know shit about marketing it. I think they would have done better with DEF JAM. But oh well…. The album is a banger. Nice try Reflection Eternal…. Real Talk

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Still have yet to cop both Distant Relatives and RE albums but definitely planning on getting both!

    Thinking about getting that B.O.B. album too, how is it yall? Who copped it?

  • http://xxlmag.com Bobby

    How is Black Eyed Peas still selling records? Anyone

  • Q461

    That nas album is incredible… cats need to go cop that ASAP…should have def sold more than it did first week…

    Gebra- That Blakroc shit is crack…waiting on Blakroc 2 hopefully this year with cats like the Cool Kids, Currensy, jay electronica, etc

    June is set up to be crazy yall : Drake, Eminem, Curren$y and the Roots so far….

  • HU

    ^^^ Fuck a Currensy. Strike him and add Rhymefest to that list. El Che, June 8

  • G2

    I was fortunate enough to cop the Distant Relatives and Reflection Eternal albums the first day ( I was at Best Buy before they opened). I can honestly say I’m not disappointed with either album. Check out “The Ballad of the Black Gold” on the R.E. album. My girl even dubbed the Nas and Damian album for her ride, and she RARELY listens to rap (big gospel fan).

  • jtm

    all you motherfuckers buy distant realtives and revoloutions per minute!

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  • Teddy

    “God’s Son and Bob’s Son sold an impressive 57,300 ”

    smh impressive, man now if that aint some delusional denial i donno what is man thats pathetic we are crowing 57k debut now as impressive talk about clutching to straws just accept it music industry is getting some raping by the consumers, its just karma for years of them raping artists karmas a bitch man but ay sales will continue to go down till you guys are calling 50albums in a week sold remarkable and that shits debuting at 1 on billboard cos u know why billboard n that shit will be rendered basically redundent sales of cds will be no longer used as anything to brag about cos no one can sell cds except for industry created machine puppets like justin beiber, lady gaga and that old grandmother from that talent show
    you guys need to quit with the using that as an indicator to if someone is succesful or not n jus judge em by the quality of music cos u should get used to it thats how it will be in the future when music bizz ppl r out of jobs talking about the good old days when ppl bought music still and record labels raped artists while reciting lines from biggie “i tricked em, i gave em work then i sticked them,

  • Teddy

    “God’s Son and Bob’s Son sold an impressive 57,300 ”

    smh impressive, man now if that aint some delusional denial i donno what is man thats pathetic we are crowing 57k debut now as impressive talk about clutching to straws just accept it music industry is getting some raping by the consumers, its just karma for years of them raping artists karmas a bitch man but ay sales will continue to go down till you guys are calling 50albums in a week sold remarkable and that shits debuting at 1 on billboard cos u know why billboard n that shit will be rendered basically redundent sales of cds will be no longer used as anything to brag about cos no one can sell cds except for industry created machine puppets like justin beiber, lady gaga and that old grandmother from that talent show
    you guys need to quit with the using that as an indicator to if someone is succesful or not n jus judge em by the quality of music cos u should get used to it thats how it will be in the future when music bizz ppl r out of jobs talking about the good old days when ppl bought music still and record labels raped artists while reciting lines from biggie “i tricked em, i gave em work then i sticked them.

  • BeerGangsta

    BEP is still selling. Luda is close to gold. Nas and Marley sold ok. I will get this CD. I am a hugh Nas fan. B.O.B got that country shit going. I don’t listen to bullshit like this. Won’t go gold.

  • swype-matic

    I would say this is okay just for the fact that i saw very little commercials for both, and nothin’ on the radio. But still, this would equal to a Memphis Bleek and Drag-On album comin’ out in 2000, sellin’ 200K first week or somethin’

  • SupaDupa_Interlude

    This album is bangin. Nas sound hungry again(baby mama ddram does that…SMH) and production is better than i thought it’d be.

    And no didnt by the album. I downloaded that shit like everyone else.Shit…I aint actually bought an album since Kanye Late Registration

  • http://google.com phiko 305

    hip hop is dead until, kanye west, t.i, lil wayne, 50 cent, drake and llyod banks release thier ulbums

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