US Charts Review

As we are about to enter the crucial Holidays season, this week was still pretty slow in terms of urban sales. The calm before the storm!

However, we have one interesting debut: DC-based rapper Wale landed on the charts at #27. Despite rumors of disruption in the distribution process of “Attention Deficit,” the album sold pretty well for its 1st week in stores with 27,000 copies pushed.

Besides this noticeable debut, few movements on the charts: the usual suspects maintain their positions while the newcomers struggle to stay in the Top 50… Michael Jackson remains in the Top 5 at #4 with 124,000 copies sold of “This Is It.”

Jay-Z continues his course with the “Blueprint 3” and manage to push another 33,000 records ending at #18, taking the total sales to 1,265,000 albums.

The Black Eyed Peas fall 2 spots to end at #23 with 30,000 records of the platinum album “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)” sold. Total sales for this effort now reach 1,357,000 albums.

Exiting the Top 50: divas Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, soulful singer Maxwell and R&B hottie Amerie after only 1 week in stores… With Ryan Leslie and Melanie Fiona not even making it to the Top 50, it seems that the new generation of R&B artists is struggling to gain the public’s attention.

Next week be prepared for 50 Cent’s facing heavy competition, from Rihanna to Lady Gaga. Will Fifty manage to grab the number one spot once again?

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