US Charts Review

Seems like hip-hop, RnB and pop lovers decided to save money this week because they certainly didn’t head to their local record store. Instead, rock and country acts take, causing B.o.B. to lose grip of the top spot and majority of the artists to trickle down as well. However, despite the low sales and dropped positions, fans of Toni Braxton, 8 Ball & MJG, Trina and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony brought enough records to give all four acts a position on the charts. Let’s check out where they land.

Starting off the charts this week is Justin Bieber in the #5 position for “My World 2.0,” which only sold 64,910. This isn’t too bad for Mr. Bieber, being that last week he was at #4 with 69,922-only, a difference of 5,012 copies. Four positions later, Usher slides in at #9 for “Raymond v. Raymond” selling 51,744. Toni Braxton debuts and closes out the top bunch at #10 with “Pulse,” which selling 51,456. This is the RnB songstress’ sixth album released under her new record deal with Atlantic, which was inked in ’09. “Pulse” is also the first album released since 2005, following the album “Libra.” The album appears to be a romantic savvy project backed up with pop and old school RnB beats. Toni returns solo and features no collaborations on the album. However, iTunes and Target bonus material includes the track “Yesterday,” which features Trey Songz. Lead singles for the album are “Hands Tied” and “Make My Heart.”

Lady Gaga manages to move up a position into #11 for “The Fame,” selling 38,002 units. Unexpectedly, B.o.B. follows at #12 with 35,009 for last week’s debut, “The Adventures of Bobby Ray.” Back in 2008 this artists claimed that she was “Still the Baddest,” but now she states that she’s simply “spectacular.” Next to debut on the charts is Miami rapper Trina with her fifth album “Amazin’” landing at #13 with 33,053 sold. The album holds a load of collaborations featuring acts such as Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Lil Wayne and dancehall artist Lady Saw. Production even features fellow Florida residents J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, who also worked with Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and more. Singles from the album include “Million Dollar Girl,’” which features Diddy and Keri Hilson and current track “Always” featuring Monica.

Three positions down, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony debut at #16 with 28,271 sold for “Uni5: The World’s Enemy.” This is the eighth studio album and was released under the group’s own label, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Worldwide. “Uni5,” which stands for the universe and the members head count, really gives off an astronomy theme of the album, especially with tracks titled “See Me Shine” and “Me in the Sky.” Features and production on the album are low key, however, Fantasia’s brother Ricco Barrino can be heard supplying vocals on a track titled “Gone,” which is also the current lead single.

Justin Bieber’s “My World” EP dropped from #10 to #18 this week, selling 25,138. Sade moved up one into #22 with 24, 110 sold for “Solider of Love.” Lady Gaga sold 24,008 for “The Fame Monster” EP landing her at #23. Previously at #18, Monica dropped to #26 with 23,636 sold for “Still Standing.” Ke$ha follows and dropped from #14 to #27 for “Animal,” selling 23,310. Black Eyed Peas energy may never die, but their chart buzz begs to differ. In at #28 with 22,986 sold for “The E.N.D. Energy Never Dies,” BEP moves out of its previous position of #15.

Alicia Keys lands at #32 for “The Element of Freedom,” selling 19,543. Ludacris dropped thirteen positions into #33 for “Battle of the Sexes,” selling 19,066. Last but not least, Memphis duo 8 Ball & MJG debuts at #36 with 16,073 sold for “Ten Toes Down.” This is the first album to be released since the split from Bad Boy South, as well as the first to be released under their new deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label. Features on the album include Bun B, Lil Boosie, David Banner and more. The official single, “Bring It Back” features Young Dro and production from the Yung Joc “It’s Goin Down” producer, Nitti. Erykah Badu’s “”New Amerykah Part Two: The Return of the Ankh” clocks in at #24 with 13,686 sold. Rihanna falls from #31 to #46 for “Rated R,” selling 12,176. Trey Songz sells 12,114 and drops from #39 to #47 for “Ready,” and Daddy Yankee hardly makes the cut at #49 with 11,393 for “Daddy Yankee Mundial.”

I guess the charts can do without Lil’ Wayne this week… Check back next week to see if the urban charters can recover.

Written By Shabazz

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