US Charts Review

Though it’s not as bad as last week, urban acts still continue to bounce up and down the charts with struggle of relevant sales. The numbers didn’t reach over 100,000, but as predicated, the rest of the charters couldn’t beat our newcomer B.o.B. this week as he grips the top position. Reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee also makes this charts with his new release. Where does the rest of the charts follow? To the charts we go.

As stated, B.o.B takes #1 with 83,747 copies sold for his anticipated debut album “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray.” The album was recorded between 2008 and 2010, and was released through T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label. B.o.B’s buzz first grew around the release of the two street singles “Haterz Everywhere” and “I’ll Be in The Sky,” however neither song is on the album. The album’s first single “Nothin’ on You” featuring singer Bruno Mars made a huge success on the charts. The single debuted at #89 on Billboard Hot 100 and has moved to #1. The single hit platinum April 7, 2010. The current single “Airplanes” features Hayley Williams of the punk rock group, Paramore. Other tracks on the album include features from Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Janelle Monae and Eminem. Producers on the album also include B.o.B. himself.

Three positions down, Justin Bieber comes in at #4 with 69,922 units for “My World 2.0.” Usher follows at #7 for “Raymond v. Raymond”, which sold 48,486. Justin Bieber comes again at #10 for “My World” EP with 28,782 sold. Lady Gaga drops four spots and lands at #12 with 27,045 sold for “The Fame.” Ke$ha sold 21,914 and remained in the #14 spot for “Animal.” Black Eyed Peas came up two into #15 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)” and 19,836 sold.

Monica’s “Still Standing” comes in at #18 and 18,231 sold this week. Ludacris sells 17,393 into #20 for “Battle of the Sexes.” Moved up four spots, Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” EP takes #21 and 15,989 units. Sade transitions up three positions for “Solider of Love” with 15,468 sold. Alicia Keys does the same for “The Element of Freedom,” but only into #30 with 12,743 units. <

Rihanna sold 12,636 and dropped from #27 to #31 for “Rated R.” MGMT took a tough fall from #20 to #32 for “Congratulations,” which sold 12,591. Latin Grammy Award Winner reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee debuts at #33 with 12,349 sold for his ninth release, “Daddy Yankee Mundial.” This project differs from albums because the sound reflects a mixture of reggaeton, bachata, soca and dance-hall. Singles from the album include “Grito Mundial” and “Descontrol.” Daddy Yankee wrote all the songs himself and all the production credit goes to El Musicologo and Menes.

Climbing five spots up the charts, Lil Wayne’s “Rebirth” sold 11,381 into #35. Erykah Badu however dropped 8 spots into #38 with 10,808 sold for “New Amerykah Part Two: The Return of the Ankh.” Trey Songz follows in the #39 spot and 10,775 sold for “Ready.” Surprisingly closing the charts, Gorillaz move from #36 to #43 for “Plastic Beach” with 9,747 sold.

Struggling to sell over 100,000 units, can B.o.B. or Justin Bieber keep the top spot occupied on behalf of the urban market? This week ’90s favorites Toni Braxton and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony released two comeback projects. Check back next week to see where everyone lands.

Written by Shabazz

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