US Charts Review

This week the charts continue to shift, only to become more interesting. Though numbers are still struggling as a whole to reach that 100,000 sales mark, urban artists are surely making a comeback and taking over majority of the top 5. As mentioned last week, the release of urban acts has slowed down, but after last week’s releases, I’m sure we can all say it’s for the better. The #1 position no longer belongs to Susan Boyle. Who stopped her reign? I’m sure that isn’t hard to figure out. As always, let’s move to the charts.

Throwing water on Boyle’s six-week winning streak is no other than this week’s newly added release: Ke$ha. Peaking at #1, the electro-pop singer sales 151,343 copies of her debut album “Animal.” Ke$ha grew prominence when she was featured on Flo Rida’s chart-topping single “Right Round.” After selling over 600,000 downloads of the album’s lead single “Tik Tok,” Ke$ha was named the highest digital download female artist. The single still continues to do well. “Tik Tok” currently sits at #2 on the Billboard Hit 100.

Lady Gaga comes in at #3 with 65,252 sold for “Fame” while “Fame Monster” sits at #10 with 32,068 sold. Coming in at #4 is Alicia Keys with 63,371 copies moved for “The Element of Freedom” while Mary J. Blige remains in last week’s position of #5 with 49,164 copies sold for “Stronger with Each Tear.”

Also holding on to its slot is the Black Eyed Peas with 35,034 units pushed for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies).” Rihanna moves up three spots to #11, selling 27,105 more copies for “Rated R.”

Young Money slips down one position to #13, selling 24,866 copies of their debut collective album, “We Are Young Money.” Eminem also dropped down. Landing at #15, Eminem sells 24,613 copies for “Relapse: Refill.” Jay-Z, who made his return to the charts two weeks ago, moved down one spot from last week, to #33 with 19,107 copies sold for “Blueprint III.” Robin Thicke still holds up strong with 16,133 more albums sold for “Sex Therapy.”

This next act made the biggest jump from last week. Moving up ten spots, Beyoncé comes in at #29 and manages to push out 13,178 more units for “I Am… Sasha Fierce.” Trey Songz also moved up on the charts. Though it was only one slot higher, Songz comes in this week at #36 with 12,096 copies sold for “Ready.” Gucci Mane sold 11,317 for “State vs. Radric Davis” and sits in the #39 position, which is seven slots lower than the previous week. Chris Brown comes shortly after Gucci. Selling 10,393 more copies for his comeback album “Graffiti,” Brown takes the #42 slot.

These two acts were missing for awhile, but they showed their faces on the charts this week. Coming in at #45 is Melanie Fiona with 9,930 sold for her June debut release “The Bridge.” Right behind her is Snoop Dogg with 9,886 copies sold for “Malice ‘N Wonderland,” landing him in the #46 position. Closing the charts happens to be an urban act, and it’s none other than Shakira. Barely making it, Shakira comes in at #50 with 9,509 for “She Wolf.” We won’t be seeing any new releases on the charts next week, but let’s see how many urban acts canclimb their way to a comeback! Let’s also see how long Ke$ha can lock down that #1 slot.

Written By Shabazz

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