US Charts Review

Mariah Carey’s new album “Memoir Of An Imperfect Angel” begins its career on the charts by grabbing a slightly disappointing #3 spot, with 172,000 units sold. Last year, her album “E=MC2” debuted at #1 with 463,000 copies… We’ll see if the momentum builds up for MC in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, hip hop mogul Jay-Z seems to stall right before the platinum bar. For its fourth week in stores, “Blueprint III” failed to pass the million copies sold, moving “only” 87,000 albums for a total of 992,000 albums. However, Hova holds his position in the Top 10, moving down 4 spots to end #6.

Another R&B diva is making a remarkable performance: Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You” sold 53,000 units for its 6th week on the charts! Whitney is out of the Top 10 at #13, but so far her comeback album has sold an impressive 670,000 copies.

Young Money’s hypeman Drake keeps the momentum going for his acclaimed mixtape “So Far Gone.” The Canadian rapper pushed 33,000 units for its 3rd week in stores, ending at #18. The total sales add up to 140,000 albums, and that’s just a mixtape…

Some artists just know how to last on the charts. The Black Eyed Peas for instance moved a solid 30,000 copies to grab the #23 spot, while the soulful Maxwell even managed to gain 2 spots, finishing this week at #28 with 20,000 units sold!

On the other hand, Kanye’s protégé Kid Cudi is having a rough time on the charts. After dropping 13 spots last week, he slides another 16 spots this week: his debut album “Man On The Moon” ends at #32 after only 3 weeks in stores… The Cleveland MC only sold 18,000 albums, to reach a total of 153,000 units.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah made a slow debut on the charts, landing at #30 with only 18,000 copies. Despite appearances by Kanye West, Ne-Yo and John Legend, “Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City” did not peform quite as well as fellow Wu-Tang member Raekwon’s album, which debuted at #5 a few weeks ago.

Fighting to remain on the charts, Trey Songz falls 13 spots at #38. After 5 weeks on the shelves, the R&B singer’s album “Ready” has sold 241,000 copies.

Next week, will Jay-Z finally reach platinum? Will Mariah climb up to the #1 spot she used to be familiar with? Will Mr. Hudson’s debut live up to the hype? Be on the look for the next US Charts Review…


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