US Charts Review

Despite the bunch of urban releases added to the charts, we still fell short of the top spot last week… and we can thank another Glee Cast release for that. Sales continue to decline, this time barely making it over 150,000 units. But as stated, we had new additions to the charts last week, including new albums from Christina Aquilera, Plies, Travie McCoy and ol’ crunkmaster Lil Jon. The charts were kind enough to give each artist a position for their debuting week. Where did they land? To the charts we go.

After being away for quite some time, Christina Aguilera makes her comeback with her fourth LP, “Bionic,” which debuted at #3 with 111,838 sold. This is Aguilera’s first studio project since the release of 2006’s “Back to Basics.” Being one to go through phases with her appearance, Aquilera stunned everybody with the release of her lead single, “Not Myself Tonight,” which exposed her freaky tendencies and subjected the singer to endless Lady Gaga comparisons. The lead single was also written by “Drop it Low” singer Ester Dean and co-written and produced by Miami producer Polow da Don. Other notable names on the project include Nicki Minaj, who is featured on the next single “Woohoo.”

Two spots down, we have another debut- who just happens to be a goon. Plies comes in at #5 with 57,221 sold for his fourth album, “Goon Affiliated.” This project follows the 2008 release “Da REAList,” which is riddled with smash singles including “Put It On Ya.” Now Plies does it again with “Goon Affiliated,” which includes current heavy rotation singles “Becky” and “She Got It Made.” Though plies does not usually collaborate with other rappers, a track titled “Look Like” features Young Jeezy and Fabolous. That track goes down in history as the first track with guest rappers to ever be placed on any of Plies albums. However, the R&B flow continues and the album also features Trey Songz.

Justin Bieber follows at #6 with “My World 2.0,” selling 47,820. Lady Gaga, who was previously at #6, now clocks in at #11 and 31,001 for “Fame.” Usher drops seven spots into #12 for “Raymond vs. Raymond,” selling 31,001 units. While everyone else drops, Black Eyed Peas move up four spots into #15, selling 20,590 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies).” B.o.B. takes #17 with 18,863 sold for “Adventures of Bobby Ray” while Ke$ha drops 10 spots for “Animal,” which sold 17,928 into #20. Gaga appears again and remains at #23 for the original EP “Fame Monster,” selling 16,211.

Our next newcomer on the charts happens to be no other than the lead Gym Class Hero, Travie McCoy. “Lazarus” debuts at #25 and 15,877 sold for the debut solo album. The first single “Billionaire” snags the new hook singing sensation Bruno Mars, who is also responsible for the vocals on B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You.” Other features on the album include Cee-Lo Green, T-Pain and Colin Monroe. Bieber’s “My World” drops from #17 to #29 this week and sells 14,492.

Nas & Damian Marley do something similar and drop 12 spots for their collaborative effort “Distant Relatives,” which sold 12,873. Alicia Keys follows in #33 for “Element of Freedom,” selling 12,298. Ludacris makes a huge drop. Last week he was at #29, but this week he clocks in at #42 for “Battle of the Sexes” and sells 10,774 copies. Surprisingly, our last debut happens to be last on the charts.

Barely making the cut off, Lil Jon debuts at #50 with his solo compilation, “Crunk Rock.” Keeping the same formula as previous 2004 project “Crunk Juice,” Lil Jon features a mixture of artists to add to the “crunkness.” However, this time around Lil Jon has opened up his usually ATL bass sound as he taps into the sounds of electro and house. Features on album include Waka Flock Flame, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Elephant Man, Pitbull and many more.

One of the most anticipated albums was released this week, and it comes from no other than Young Money’s Drake. Even after the album leaked, fans seem to be supporting the guy with digital and hard copies. Can he take after his boss man and sale a “milli?” Pretty sure he’s taking #1, but let’s see if he can end the drought of sales!

Written By Shabazz

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