US Charts Review

Unlike last week, this week the charts take a little shake, causing our favorite urban acts to a drop down positions. New releases knock our artists out the top five, leaving Sade alone to hold down for the rest of the urban market. Speaking of Sade, her reign in the top spot comes to an end. Let’s see what else this quake has caused as we examine exhibit: US Charts.

Winning over the #1 spot this week, Lady Antebullum knocks Sade out her top position, which places her as runner-up at #2 and 76,462 sold for “Solider of Love.” The next urban artist follows five spots later, placing Lady Gaga at #7 with 49,430 sold for “The Fame.” After being kicked out of last week’s #4 position, Black Eyed Peas come in at #8 with E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), selling 46,852.

Our first debut on the charts this week goes to Jason Derülo, entering the charts at #9 and 44,230 sold for his self titled debut album, “Jason Derülo.” The Haitian-American pop sensation made his mark as an artist with his breakthrough single, “Whatcha Say,” which released this past August. Before entering the spotlight as a singer and dancer, Derülo did his thing with the pen, songwriting for the likes of Diddy, Danity Kane, Donnie Klang, Cassie, Sean Kingston, Lil Mama and more. Now, Derülo has a second single out titled “In My Head,” and is opening up for Lady Gaga in her “The Monster Ball” tour.

Our next urban artist just so happens to be a new addition as well. Raheem Devaughn debuts at #11 for “The Love & War MasterPeace,” selling 42,486. This “masterpeace” is Devaughn’s third album, following “The Love Experience” and “Love Behind the Melody.” Devaughn linked up Ludacris for the lead single “Bulletproof.” The album also features Wale, Bun B, and reggae artist, Damian Marley.

Next up at #12 is Lil’ Wayne with “Rebirth,” pushing 30,929 copies for the rock album. DJ Khaled, which is another new comer to the charts this week, releases his fourth compilation “Victory” and lands at #13 with 29,484 sold. The Miami based DJ is known for his loud vocals, making him a distinctive voice amongst today’s relevant DJs. The lead single “Fed Up” features Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil’ Wayne. Other artists on the project include: Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Bounty Killer and more.

Dropping seven spots, Ke$ha comes in at #14 with 29,313 sold for “Animal.” Justin Bieber follows at #15 for “My World,” selling 27,622. Lady Gaga’s EP, “The Fame Monster” still hold strong with 26,572 sold in the #16 position. Alicia Keys sits at #20 with 24,469 sold for “The Element of Freedom.”

Jaheim continues to drop lower on the charts. Last week at #15, Jaheim is now at #22 and 22,694 sold for “Another Round.” Rihanna also took a hard fall into the #23. Previously at #13, this week RiRi sells 21,948 for “Rated R.” Trey Songz is the only artist who moved up this week. Though it’s only one spot, Songz comes in at #24 with 20,927 more sold for “Ready.” Mary J. Blige falls 12 spots into #29 for “Stronger with each Tear,” pushing 18,044 more copies.

Young Money sells 15,536 for the label compilation “We Are Young Money,” landing them at #32. Though she climbed the charts last week, she drops again into the #38 spot. Previously at #24, Melanie Fiona sells 13,066 for “The Bridge.” Jay-Z pushes 12,351 copies for “The Blueprint III” and lands at #43. P!nk drops 10 spots into #45 for “Funhouse,” with 12,127 sold. This next act was absent last week, but now he comes back this week to close out the charts. Gucci Mane barely makes it and comes in at #49 with 10,686 sold for “The State vs. Radric Davis.”

Ludacris and Redman both releases albums next week… Stay tuned!

Written by Shabazz

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