Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II Sells 169K in First Week

The official first week numbers are in. According to the Nielsen SoundScan report, released today (November 17), Kid Cudi is the highest selling hip-hop artist this week.

Despite falling short of Hits Daily Double’s early projections of 180,000-220,000, Cudi’s sophomore album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, still managed to sell around 169,400 units, earning the G.O.O.D. Music star a spot at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.

Also debuting this week is Cee Lo Green. The Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley rep managed to land at the No. 9 spot after pushing 41,400 copies of his new release, The Lady Killer, off the shelves.

Directly below Lo is Lil Wayne and Eminem, holding down the No. 10 and No. 11 spots respectively. Weezy’s I Am Not A Human Being sold 35,200 discs, while Em fans bagged up about 34,300 of Recovery. Overall, the New Orleans MC is sitting on 446,100 CDs sold after 7 weeks and Shady about 2,970,600 after 21 weeks.

New discs by Twista, Trill Fam and Joe Budden failed to crack the Top 40 but still made an impact on the Top 200. Twista’s The Perfect Storm grabbed the No. 42 spot with 14,100 in sales, Trill Fam—which consists of Lil Boosie, Webbie & Lil Trill, among others—got the No. 49 position with 13,000 copies of All or Nothing sold and Joe Budden’s Mood Muzik 4: A Turn for the Worst, snatched up 6,100.

Next week look for Nelly’s new disc, 5.0, to debut on the charts. —Elan Mancini

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  • T-Mac

    Who gives a fuck about this sales? I mean, congratulations to Kid Cudi, but i ain’t really feelin’ his new cd. Twista’s Perfect Storm is fire. I don’t care how much it sold, it’s still great album.

    • Coolin

      Fans of rap music don’t care about sales because there favorite rappers don’t sell like other genres. There are only about 9-10 rappers or r&b musicians that sell anything.

  • Kid Budi

    dam i expected at least a quater mill, STOP ILLEGAL DOWNLOADING!!

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  • Technique

    If you haven’t heard that new Joey shit get it!! Dopest shit out right now.

  • Don mcCaine

    “and Joe Budden’s Mood Muzik 4: A Turn for the Worst, snatched up 6,100.”

    ^ my man Budden went Nerf

    • swype-matic

      I just fuckin died reading that hahaha!!

  • BeerGangsta

    Twista shit is the hardest out the rest of the click!! EM will sell 3 Million!! Wayne will go Gold!! Kudi won’t go Gold or Platium!! Joe Budden is wack!! Got his azz kick by Wutang LOL!!

  • AnteK

    WHy do XXL even compare the sales of Joe Buddens MIXTAPE ! with the sales of other artists ALBUMS? budden gave away the shit 4 free u can download it anywere but the fans that really wanted to show him their support could buy it… Cm’on now stop tryin to make him look bad becuz sellin 6.100 units of sumthing u give 2 people 4 free is one hell of a accomplishment

  • Peso

    Budden so under-rated it’s sickening, real talk

  • Don mcCaine

    @ AnteK

    simple, he released it as a retail project, XXL did nothing wrong.

    my responses stem from the projections thread, when they said Budden had no projections.

    Whaddup swype?

  • Q461

    I def fucks with Buddens but never expect him to push units.

    The Cudi album is actually dope as fuck. Dude will prob go gold like last time( a HUGE accomplishment for a still-new MC in these days when noone sells shit) He’s bound to dip a bit though after next week when Ye and Minaj drop.

    Look at Em about to be triple platinum. He’s still got another single or 2 left on that joint too.

    I predict Nelly to surprise cats. Dude used to be a sales monster and his single is like # 1 right now on Billboard I think.

  • HU

    Twista’s album is sicker than everything on that list. Up to Speed and Back to the Basics are worth the price of admission alone.

  • frenchman_T.M.G. Certified

    i haven’t heard twista joint….kid cudi has a good album….i liked the first one better…joe budden is WELL SLEPT ON….and besides j.cole FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS joe has one of the best mixtapes this year…..

  • itopia

    I just wanna know which 13,000 people purchased a copy of Trill Fam!

    Pretty good numbers Cudi

  • Shawty J

    Damn, I forgot Cudi’s CD dropped, and I didn’t know Twista had anything coming out at all.

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