Big Sean Debuts at No. 3 on Charts With 87K Discs Sold

Big Sean’s Finally Famous LP made an impressive debut on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart today, but failed to sell as high as projected.

As expected the 2010 XXL Freshman was beat out for the No. 1 spot by Beyonce’s new disc, 4, which sold 310,300 units. Surprisingly British crooner Adele also managed to beat out Sean for the No. 2 seat. The Detroit MC instead landed at No. 3 with 87,100 units sold, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report, about 3,000 discs under the estimates released last week.

Fellow D-town lyricists, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”, collectively known as Bad Meets Evil, are the next rap act on the charts, occupying the No. 9 spot this go-round. Their EP, Hell: The Sequel, picked up an additional 42,200 fans this week, making their overall numbers stand at 275,900 after just three weeks.

At No. 14 sits Pitbull’s Planet Pit. In his second week the Miami rep managed to add 28,400 CDs to his tally, which now equals 83,400.

Also debuting on the charts this week is fellow XXL Freshman alum, Curren$y. The New Orleans spitta’s first album for Warner Bros., Weekend at Burnies, burst onto the charts at the No. 22 slot with 22,500 in sales.

Rounding out the Top 40 is Eminem and Nicki Minaj who picked up the No. 35 and No. 36 seat, respectively. Recovery, which recently broke records becoming the first LP to ever sell 1 million copies digitally, now has an overall sales figure of 3,932,300 after 14,200 customers bought the disc over the last week. Around 14,200 more Barbies came to stores to purchased Pink Friday this sales cycle, bringing Ms. Minaj’s total sales to 1,460,600.

While Pete Rock and Smif-n-Wessun’s new joint effort, Monumental, failed to make it into the Top 40, the New York rap vets, managed to score 5,400 in sales in their first week, earning them a seat at No. 110. Lil B’s new effort, the digital-only release, controversially titled, I’m Gay (I’m Happy), only managed to sell 1,700 units.

With no new releases hitting shelves this week, next week look for Big Sean and Bad Meets Evil battle for the top spot. —Elan Mancini

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  • fuckyall

    dam lil bitch only did a grand and change with all that hype .
    that back fire on him big time.

  • $yk

    “Lil B’s new effort, the digital-only release, controversially titled, I’m Gay (I’m Happy), only managed to sell 1,700 units.”

    ^ dude went quadruple crescent roll

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  • pap3rchazer

    people, 1st weeks dont mean shit! its all about selling consistency, BOB sell the same #s 1st week n niggas was calling it a flop but it went gold eventually because he stayed on the charts….

    as far as Beyonce, if her shit dont move a millie in a month, its a FLOP! lol

    • $yk

      the 1st week numbers do mean something, that’s why the companies created the “event”. Sean doesn’t have the material on his album to sell consistently like BoB did. And I agree with the Beyonce sentiment.

      @ Sha

      true, but with a company like Duck Down and artists like Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, that album will generate more tour money than retail sales because DD won’t press up 100k copies, but only 10-15k, and secure performance dates for those guys to perform their new music as well as their old stuff.

  • word

    u’d expect adele to outsell any rapper any day bar maybe Em n Jay. check out her stats n u’ll know what i mean. we’re talkin britney spears numbers here.

  • Sha

    Hmmmm. I wonder why cats don’t organize for themselves and go straight from the trunk. Pete Rock & Co. could have definitely moved more units standing outside of hip-hop venues.

    To anyone with half a brain, the old ways of selling records are done. Go in to biz for yourselves. Instead of taking a couple of dimes off of 4500 sales, you could keep the whole thing and build your own rep. Fu*k record companies! Def Jam included.

  • Sam I Am

    are you serious, XX-small? You’re surprised Adele outsold Big Sean, for real?! Talent outweighs gimmick any and everyday. I’ll acknowledge Big Sean worked hard to get to where he is, but Adele has a lot more talent than him. “Hometown Glory” was sampled so many freaking times, its ridiculous while Sean’s “claim to fame” was allegedly inventing metaphor style punchlines that existed before he was born. I didnt know Mr.Finally Famous had a Delorean…smh

  • Mally

    Big Sean is most def underrated. The whole punch line metaphor concept didn’t originate from him but he most def took it to a new level. It’s a reason why Kanye came to the D to grab him. But only time will tell if he’s the good or not, but in my opinion he’s got it.