US Charts Review

Several artists landed on the charts this week, finally stirring up the competition that had been really slow recently.

They say true legends are eternal… Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” debuts at #1 following the strong momentum of the movie in theaters. For its 1st week of availability, the soundtrack sold an impressive 380,000 copies, proving that the public’s demand for the late King of Pop remains strong a few months after his passing.

The rest of the Top 10 appears clear of any urban artist, with Jay-Z sliding 7 spots to #11 with 41,000 units moved of the Blueprint III.” The recent release of the “Empire State of Mind” video helped the album to maintain its course on the charts, with 1,200,000 copies sold in 8 weeks.

Rap veteran Tech N9ne made a pretty nice debut, his album “K.O.D” grabbed the #14 spot. Despite rare radio rotations and mainstream promotion, the MC’s tenth studio album pushed a nice 31,000 copies this week.

The Black Eyed Peas fall 10 spots to end at #15 with 30,000 copies of their platinum album “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)” sold. Total sales for this effort now reach 1,300,000 albums!

R&B crooner Brian McKnight also made a decent landing on the charts. The singer returns to store shelves with “Evolution Of A Man,” his ninth studio album. The LP opened at #20, selling 25,000 records in one week.

Mariah Carey continues her fall on the urban charts, dropping a sharp 16 spots for her fifth week in stores. “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel” only generated 15,000 album sales, bringing the total sales to 292,000 records.

Diva Whitney Houston, on the other hand, secured a nice 15,000 album sales this week, approaching 800,000 copies of her comeback effort “I Look To You” sold. The award-winning artist ends her tenth week of availability at #32.

Rick Ross’ group Triple C’s got off to a rough start, debuting at #47, as predicted by enemy 50 Cent… After seven days in the books, the group’s debut release has sold only 11,500 records.

At the bottom of the charts, fighting to remain in the Top 50 are Trey Songz and Maxwell. The young R&B act ends at #48 with 11,000 albums sold, while the soulful singer slides 5 spots to #50, pushing 10,500 copies.

Next week, be on the lookout for DC rapper Wale debut on the charts, along with soul singer Melanie Fiona and R&B act Ryan Leslie.

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