wu-tang clan a better tomorrow

Wu-Tang Clan's first studio album in seven years A Better Tomorrow debuted at No. 27 on the charts this week, with 21,573 units moved. It's a surprisingly low number of units moved for one of hip-hop's most legendary crews. With so many golden-age, old school hip-hop heads these days clamoring for more "real hip-hop," a la Wu-Tang Clan and other old school crews and artists of the '90s, it's surprising to not see more support for this album on the charts.

Two other hip-hop albums landed in the Top 50 this week: Eminem's Shady XV album and Rick Ross's Hood Billionaire. Eminem's Shady XV dropped 15 spots from last week, landing at No. 18, moving 27,903 units this past week. Ross's Hood Billionaire dropped 24 spots from last week, landing at No. 30 this week with 20,193 units moved.

Next week may be a big week in hip-hop. Early projections from Hits Daily Double are slating J Cole's Forest Hills Drive to sell between 240,000 and 270,000 units in its first week, which would make it the biggest debut week for a hip-hop album this year. The biggest debut week for a hip-hop album this year thus far is Rick Ross's Mastermind, which sold 179,000 in its first week.

Outside of the hip-hop world, Mary J. Blige's 12th studio album The London Sessions debuted at No. 9 with 55,000 units sold, giving her the 13th top 10 album in her illustrious career.

9. Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions, 55,000
18. Eminem, Shady XV, 27,903
27. Wu-Tang Clan, A Better Tomorrow, 21,573
30. Rick Ross, Hood Billionaire, 20,193

[Hits Daily Double/Billboard]

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