US Charts Review

It’s a new week…and most definitely a new top 50 charts review. Album sales may still be struggling to reach over 100,000, but at least we can say there’s a different type of “hope” on the top 50 roster. With a fresh new #1 album, the majority of the urban acts has taken a fall… Let’s see the evidence and move to the charts.

It took an army of artists to keep the #1 spot away from peaking contenders Susan Boyle, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. Debuting in the top position this week is a compilation by various artist titled “Hope For Haiti Now.” Selling 173,593 copies, all proceeds from the album sales will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, and of course, Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. The album features a load of urban artists such as: Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, John Legend, Beyoncé, Madonna, Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z and more.

The runner up is no stranger to the charts. Coming in at #2 is no other than Susan Boyle with “I Dreamed A Dream,” selling an additional 82,013. However, if it wasn’t for “Hope For Haiti Now” or “I Dreamed A Dream,” Lady Gaga would be taking the top position this week. Moving up a spot from last week, Gaga lands at #3 with 61,994 sold for “The Fame.”

Almost making the cut-off, Alicia Keys lands at #6 with 41,437 sold for “The Element Of Freedom.” At #8, Black Eyed Peas pushed 35,327 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)” This next project lost it’s stamina as it made a great fall on the charts this week. Dropping 6 spots, Ke$ha comes in #9 with 33,310 sold for “Animal.”

Gaga’s other album “Fame Monster” climbed down the charts as well. Falling five spots, the EP comes in at #11 with 30,736 copies sold. Mary J. Blige is also amongst the ones who continue to get weaker each week. Sitting in last week’s #8 position, “Stronger With Each Tear” lands in the #14 spot with 28,402 units sold.

But Blige shouldn’t feel bad- she isn’t the only urban artist that continues to drop. Rihanna was sitting in the #14 spot last week and is now at #21, “Rated R” sold 19,795 copies. The bed-rocking Young Money gang comes in at #23 with 18,824 for “We Are Young Money.”

Ever since his comeback, the Roc Nation head honcho Jay-Z remains strong on the charts. Selling 14,349, “Blueprint III” lands at #30. His “renegade” partner Eminem comes in right behind him with his re-release “Relapse:Refill,” with 14,087 sold. Still giving lessons of Love-making 101, Robin Thicke‘s “Sex Therapy” comes in at #35, selling 12,546 copies. Along with Gaga, Beyoncé is amongst the few who climbed up the charts this week. Up four slots, “I Am… Sasha Fierce” sells an additional 11,357 copies- adding to the sales of ’08. Trey Songz & Gucci Mane trade positions this week. At #38, Songz sells 11,347 for “Ready” and right behind him is Gucci with 10,945 sold for “The State vs. Radric Davis.”

Though she dropped five spots, she didn’t fall off the charts. Melanie Fiona comes in at #45 with 10,159 sold for “The Bridge.” Closing out this week is a doggy whose bite barely held on to the charts. Though he was last for urban acts last week, Snoop Dogg made the list by a pinch as he comes in at #49 with 9,235 sold for “Malice ‘N Wonderland.”

It was a decent debut for Omarion last week, but he now joins Shakira and Chris Brown off the charts this week. Check back next week to where the acoustic-soul songstress Corinne Bailey Rae lands.

Written By Shabazz

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