US Charts Review

Not much has changed around these parts of the charts. Even after debuts, Slim Shady still holds longevity and embraces the top spot. There aren’t many urban artists filling in slots in the top 10, and this includes Drizzy Drake and Ricky Rozay. Matters of fact, more artists seem to be slipping down a razor pole and into an alcohol river. Other than the disappointed, the charts find a spot for R&B/soul contributors Kem & Dondria. Let’s study the connect chart politics… ditto!

So with no surprise, Eminem keeps pushing numbers for his seventh effort, “Recovery,” and each time over 100,000 units. This week he chimes in the #1 position with 116,558 copies, bringing his grand total sales to 2,246,308 thus far. To a grand surprise, our second spot goes to our first debut Kem with his third effort, “Intimacy: Album III,” selling 76,406. After dealing with family neglect, homelessness and addiction, Kem looked to the finer things of life as he got his first break with lead single “Love Calls,” off of his first album ‘Kemistry” released in 2002. The success followed with singles “Find Your way (Back in My Life)” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” found on his follow-up album in 2005, “Album II.” Now five years later, Kem releases Intimacy on Motown Records, along with Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop song, “Why Would You Stay.” Just like previous albums, “Intimacy: Album III” is self-produced. However this go around Kem features a duet with Maurissa Rose and spoken word by Jill Scott.

A few spots down the charts, Justin Bieber dropped from #6 to #8 for “My World 2.0,” with 30,169 sold. Rick Ross fell out of the #8 position and into this week’s #11 for “Teflon Don,” with 23,508 sold. Drake follows at #12 for “Thank Me Later,” which sold 23,333. Lady Gaga sold 19,397 for “The Fame,” landing three spots into #16 this week. Ke$ha remains content in the #24 spot for “Animal,” selling 15,085. Black Eyed Peas still hold strong, but slowly slip away. Previously at #18, BEP drop to #26 with 13,149 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies).” Usher hurts as well as he comes out of his #19 position into #30 for “Raymond vs. Raymond,” selling 12,351.

B.o.B. sells 11,510 and remains at #32 for “Adventures of Bobby Ray.” Gaga newest addition, “The Remix,” drops dramatically from 17 to #34 with 11,036 sold.
Bun B. holds on at #37 and 10,399 sold for “Trill O.G.,” and Gaga returns for the third time at #38 for “The Fame Monster” EP, selling 10,046. I believe this next artist had it bad… and I’m not taking in Usher turns. Dropping from debuting position of #7, Mike Posner drops to #39 with 10,022 sold for “31 Minutes to Takeoff.” Enrique Iglesias’ “Euphoria” sells 9,525 into #42 this week, dropping out of the previous #38 slot.

Dondria debuts at #43 with her alter-ego album “Dondria vs. Phatfffat,” selling 9,422. The So So Def newbie was discovered by founder Jermaine Dupri and his pot of gold since. Her official debut single, “You’re The One” was released November 2009, giving radio a church feel with the overall tone and sweet vocals. A remix was released summer of 2010 sampling the Boosty Collins classic, “I’d Rather Be With You.” The second single for the album is titled “Shawty Wus Up,” features Johnta Austin and Diamond. Though we’re not used to seeing his name this far down the line, Bieber’s “My World” lands at #44 with 9,368. Big Boi closes the charts as he clocks in at #48 for “Sir Lucious Left Foot, The Son Of Chico Dusty” selling 8,303.

Fantasia’s album dropped this week. Check back next week to see if our urban acts receive better love.

Written By Shabazz

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