US Charts Review

Another week has proven that hip-hop fans can be supporters. The number #1 position, which belongs to no other than Eminem, reigns with more than 300,000 copies sold! This is supreme, being that most sales drop to the 100,000… especially when it comes to hip-hop albums. Along with Eminem’s continuously good sales, The-Dream drops his summer lusty compilation, “Love King.” The charts even welcomes a new album with an eclectic-soul definition of “W.W.W.” from Dwele.

As stated, Eminem dominates the charts again in his second week at #1 for “Recovery,” selling 325,098 into Platinum status. This now puts Marshall Mathers at a total of 1,078,968 for the album. Drake follows again at # 2 with 104,829 sold for “Thank Me Later.” In at the #4, The-Dream debuts with his “Love vs. Money” follow-up, “Love King,” selling 58,920. The album was originally set for a late 2009 release, but due personal reasons – such as playing the husband and father role – the album had no choice but to be delayed. Continuing to be the “radio killa” with his stable melodic tones and production, The-Dream takes credit as the main executive producer on all of the tracks, also working beside right hand man Christopher “Tricky” Stewart. Lead singles for the album include album titled “Love King” and current heavy-hitter “Make Up Bag,” which returns a verse from another returning king, T.I.

Justin Bieber sells 40,391 into #7 for “My World 2.0” and Lady Gaga moves up four spots into #12 for “The Fame” selling 24,864. Usher remains content in #14 for face-off album “Raymond vs. Raymond,” racking in 24,125. The Roots however take a dip out of their previous debuting position of #6 into #17 for “How I Got Over,” which sold 18,474 this week. B.o.B. climbs up the charts four spots and land at #24 for “Adventures of Bobby Ray,” selling 15,647.

Black Eyed Peas clock in at #24 and sell 14,787 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies).” Alicia Keys moves up from #33 into #27 with “The Elements of Freedom,” selling 13,883. Ke$ha and her “Animal” follows at #28 with 13,230 sold. Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” EP remains in it’s #30 position and sells 12,814. Christina Aguilera follows with “Bionic” at #31, selling 12,314.

Next on the charts is our next debut is from Dwele with his newest project, “W.ants W.orld W.omen,” hitting #34 with 11,680 sold. Besides his recent McDonald’s commercials and feature on Kanye’s comeback single “Power,” Dwele is known as one of the best kept secrets of the underground soul scene. “W.W.W.” is Dwele’s fourth studio album, following his 2009 self-titled project. The album takes a format similar to Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter” with three different intros titled “Wants,” “World,” “Women.” Dwele also gathers some features on the album from David Banner, Raheem DeVaughn, and fellow Detroit collaborators Slum Village. Production credit also goes out to California’s legendary DJ Quik.

Bieber‘s “My World” drops from #29 to #35 this week with 11,648 sold. A few spots down, Keith Sweat sells 8,598 for “Ridin Solo,” dropping from #13 to #42. Ludacris still remains strong at #46 for “Battle of the Sexes,” selling 7,992 more copies. Nas & Damian Marley sell for 7,167 into the #48 spot for their collaborative effort, “Distant Relatives.” Plies follows at #49 for “Goon Affiliated” with 7,039 sold, and Lil Wayne returns to the charts once again barely makes the cut-off at #50 with “Rebirth,” which sold 7,038.

Next week the charts welcome new projects from Outkast’s Big Boi, as well as the one known to bring all the boys to her yard, Kelis. Check back to see where they land and to see how many more numbers can Eminem pull.

Writtem By Shabazz

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