US Charts Review

Shaky like last week, more urban artists continue to slowly pill away from the charts. Most artists shifted down three spots due to the new additions of the week which include Monica, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg. Where do these acts reside? To the charts we go.

If you haven’t caught the “Bieber” train, it may be time for you to board and enter his world. Re-introducing himself with a new re-vamped full studio album, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber takes the top spot. In at #1, Bieber sells 281,750 for the 10-track project, “My World 2.0.” The album is the official debut from Bieber, following his 2009 EP original, “My World.” Soaking up the spotlight at such an young age, the 16-year-old heartthrob experiments with more R&B, displaying his growing maturity. The lead single “Baby” features Ludacris and was followed by the two digital released singles “Never Let You Go” and “U Smile.” Jamaican-American reggae singer Sean Kingston is also featured on the album.

She’s been gone for a minute but now shows her calf muscles are stronger than ever. Soulful songbird Monica takes the #2 spot with her comeback project “Still Standing,” selling 182,292. “Still Standing” is Monica’s 6th album following her four year hiatus. Though a buzz single, “Still Standing,” was released, the lead and current single is “Everything to Me,” which samples the classic Deniece Williams track, “Silly.” The album holds no features, but includes writing and production from acts such as Bryan-Micheal Cox, Jazmine Sullivan and “drop it low” girl, Ester Dean.

Four positions later, Ludacris comes in at #6 with “Battle of the Sexes,” selling 44,303. Bieber’s EP “My World” follows at #7 with 43,343 sold. Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” lands at #8 and pushes 40,607 more copies.

Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)” closes out the top 10 with 33,749 sold. Sade drops from #6 to #11 for “Solider of Love,” selling 31,905. Gaga’s EP “The Fame Monster” sells 24,112 into #13. Ke$ha’s “Animal” lands at #15 and sells 23,207. Gorillaz’s “Plastic Beach” drops nine spots and sits at #18 with 22,045. Rihanna remains content once again in the #19 position, selling 21,295 for the “Rated R” album. Lil Wayne’s “Rebirth” is at #20 with 20,290 sold. Trey Songz sells 17,512 for “Ready” and lands at #25.

With 16,974, Alicia Keys remains at #26 for “The Element of Freedom.” Snoop Dogg’s “Malice N Wonderland” also gets revamped and is added to the charts this week. “More Malice” debuts at #29 with 15,738 sold. “More Malice” is Snoop’s new CD/DVD combo, which features 5 new songs and two remixes, including the universal smash hit “I Wanna Rock (The Kings G Mix).” The movie features appearances from Soulja Boy, DJ Quik, Jamie Foxx and Xzibit. Young Money drops nine spots into #24, selling 12,477 for “We Are Young Money.” Jaheim is at #35 for “Another Round” with 12,477 sold. Mary J. Blige stays put in last week’s position of #37 for “Stronger with Each Tear” and sells 11,935.

Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love & War MasterPeace” sells 11,196 and takes the #39 position. And yet again, surprisingly closing out the charts is Jason Derulo with his self-titled album at #48, selling 9,727. The month of March was full of releases, and next week we’ll see who comes out on top between Usher, Erykah Badu and the Wu Tang collaboration between Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.

Written By Shabazz

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