US Charts Review

Much hasn’t changed for the US Charts. Sade continues to hold down the urban market in the top spot while the rest of the urban acts try to hold their own. However, the number nine seems to be the figure of the week. For some reason, the acts either move up nine spots or drop nine spots. Odd right? Let’s make our way to the charts and look at the statistics.

As stated, Sade prolongs her reign in the #1 position selling 127,099 units for her killer comeback album, “Solider of Love.” The release of country singer Johnny Cash’s posthumous album “American VI: Ain’t No Grave” debuts at #3, causing the majority of the following artists to shift down one position: Black Eyed Peas come in at #4 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies),” selling a total of 49,162 records. Lady Gaga clocks in at #5 with 48,534 sold for “Fame” and Lil Wayne follows at #6 selling 37,201 copies of the rock-n-roll dipped album “Rebirth.”

Ke$ha prances seven positions from her previous #14 slot. At #7, Ke$ha pushes 32,323 more for “Animal.” Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga both stay content, carrying over last week’s position. Bieber sells 25,707 and stays at #11 for “My World,” and Gaga sells 25,707 and remains in her #12 position for the “Fame Monster” EP.

Rihanna sales aren’t “rude” at all this week. Moving up three spots, the island sensation moves to #13 with 24,039 sold for “Rated R.” Jaheim on the other hand continues to trickle down the charts, now landing at #15 with 23,314 sold for “Another Round.” Alicia Keys also drops nine positions to #16 with “The Element of Freedom,” selling 23,252. Mary J. Blige takes a four slot fall into #17, selling 21,597 for “Stronger With Each Tear.”

Melanie Fiona and Trey Songz continue to rock steady on the charts. Moving up nine spots, Fiona lands at #24 with 16,174 sold for “The Bridge.” Songz also moves up, but only two spots to #25 with 15,918 sold for “Ready.” Robin Thicke manages to remain relevant on the charts. Now in at #27, Thicke climbs up eight spots and sells 15,500 for “Sex Therapy.”

Young Money drops nine spots to #30 with 14,602 sold for “We Are Young Money.” P!nk also drops nine slots to #35, selling 14,104 for “Funhouse.” Jay-Z took an eight-spot drop to #38 with 13,298 sold for “The Blueprint III.” You may be curious to know where our other acts are. Closing out the charts this week is Corinne Rae Bailey with “The Sea,” landing at #45 with 11,915. Oh yeah, can’t forget, Bailey also fell nine spots this week on the charts.

Wouldn’t you agree that this number nine deal is something like a phenomenon? Anyway, if this movement continues next week, let’s hope our urban market moves up nine spots! Also interesting are the missing acts this week: Beyoncé, Gucci Mane and Eminem. Hopefully they all make their return. Check back next week to see where Raheem DeVaughn’s “Masterpeace” lands, as well as Jason Derülo’s debut album.

Written By Shabazz

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