US Charts Review

Another week with a bundle of new releases, but no one can seem to stop the Eminem show. Fourth week and counting, Eminem now gears towards 1.5 million! The lead may come to an end, especially with this weeks new “bulletproof” release. But until the stats are revealed for Rick Ross’ highly anticipated album, let’s see where last week releases stand on the charts. With sales and position still declining, this week we have new albums from M.I.A., Capone-N-Norega, Paul Wall and Curren$y. Who has a slot on the charts? Let’s find out.

As stated, Eminem spends another week in the top spot with 194,072 sold for “Recovery.” With a rock release bumping the Young Money artist down, Drake spends this week at #3 with 48,635 sold for “Thank Me Later.” That also causes Justin Bieber to come down to #4, wrapping up the top 5 with 41,450 sold for “My World 2.0.”

Lady Gaga drops out of previous #9 position and lands in #11, selling 26,300 for “The Fame.” Our first debut comes from M.I.A. with her self titled album “Maya” selling 25,935 into #12. This is the third studio album from the British-Sir Lankan artist, following successful album “Kala” which spawned singles such as “Boyz,” “Jimmy” and commercial banger, “Paper Planes.” “Maya” is also the first album from M.I.A. to be released through her record label N.E.E.T. Recordings, which is a branch though XL Recordings and Interscope Records. M.I.A. snags long time collaborators Diplo, Switch and brother Sugu Arulpragasm for production, which was mostly recorded at M.I.A. home in Los Angeles. Lead singles for the album “XXXO” and “Born Free,” which included a graphic movie style video for its release.

Previously at #3, Outkast member Big Boi now clocks in at #15 for “Sir Luscious Left Foot,” selling 24,081. Enrique Iglesias also drops out of his debut position of #8 and lands at #18 for “Euphoria,” which sold 19,752. Usher follows at #19 with 17,894 for “Raymond v. Raymond.” In the midst, Black Eyed Peas move up one spot into #23, selling 15,590 for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies).”

Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” EP takes a hard fall out her #21 position, selling 13,741 into #27. The-Dream falls as well, moving from #15 to #29 with 12,714 sold for “Love King.” B.o.B. sells 12,583 for “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” and sits at #30. Bieber’s “My World” surprisingly drops from #26 to #33 with 12,288 sold and Ke$ha’s “Animal” drops from #28 to #34 with 12,185 sold. The Roots land at #38 for “How I Got Over,” selling 10,744 this week. With everyone dropping amble of positions, Alicia Keys has also become a victim. “Element of Freedom,” which was previously at #36, is now at #42 with 9,732 sold.

Our last position happens to go our last debut. Selling 8,848, Curren$y takes the #48 position for first major studio album, “Pilot Talk.” Though he may be new to some, the New Orleans rapper has been in the game for some time. Signed to Master P’s No Limit Records until 2005, Curren$y later signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment where he remained until 2007. Now he’s signed to Dame Dash’s revamped Roc-A-Fella Records, Curren$y’s buzz is better than ever- especially on Twitter. Lead singles for the album include “King Kong” and most recent track, “Roasted.” Majority of the production is lead by North Carolinian producer Ski Beatz, who also runs alongside Dame Dash. Besides Ski Beatz, Mos Def also takes production and feature credit. Other features include Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, Jay Electronica and more.

So as we can see, Capone-N-Norega and Paul Wall didn’t make the charts. However, check back next week to see if Rick Ross will knock Eminem out his top spot.

Written By Shabazz

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