US Charts Review

Even with new releases from this fall’s most anticipated hip-hop albums, non-urban acts seem to still dominate the charts. Last Tuesday, fresh baked goods were released from this week’s new contenders Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green and Twista. It may not be anything new — better yet shocking — but our urbanites fail to reach the #1 spot, due to a new album from a Scottish sensation. In all, one of our new releases still made the top 10, but the other two fell a tab bit short. Where are the stats? To the charts we go.

It was bad enough to have Taylor Swift upstage everybody for the last couple of weeks, but with Susan Boyle’s new addition titled “The Gift,” the two acts are sure to coin flip for the #1 and #2 position in the later weeks. However, Kid Cudi dukes it out and chimes in at #3 with 176,298 sold for “Man on The Moon II: Legend of Mr. Rager.” This is the following album to the 2009 release, “Man On the moon: The End of Day.” The album is said to be experimental as Cudi taps into neo-psychedelia and alternative hip-hop sounds. The lead single is “Erase Me,” featuring to Kanye West, which is accompanied video including Kid Cudi’s band and Jimi Hendrix inspired wig. Broken up into five acts, the album features Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, Nicole Wray and more. Six positions down, Lil Wayne drops four spots into #9 with “I Am Not a Human Being,” 34,868 units the Eminem seals the top 10 at #10 with “Recovery,” adding 34,535. So far Weezy has sold approximately 446,000 and Em has sold approximately 2,971,000.

Missing the cutoff by 334 units, Cee Lo Green follows at #11 with 34,302 sold for his comeback solo effort, “Lady Killer.” The Goodie Mob member and Gnarls Barkley frontman makes his return with his third solo album following his 2004 release, “Cee Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine.” Mr. Green still has the funky spunk that keeps him seperate from the rest. His lead single “F**k You” has hit #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The only feature on the album comes from longtime Earth, Wind & Fire member, Philip Irvin Bailey, who lends some vocals on track, “Fool For You.” The album is also a melting pot when it comes to production, featuring beats from Jack Splash, Salaam Remi, and “F**k You” producers, The Smeezingtons.

Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas II You” dropped 10 spots to #14, selling 30,337 copies. Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” takes the #16 spot with 28,247 sold. Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” sold 23,019 into #22 while Trey Songz follows down the line at #33 for “Passion, Pain & Pleasure,” which sold 17,878. Bruno Mars is one of the few artists who actually moved up a position this week. Up a spot, Bruno’s “Doo-Woops & Hooligans” takes #34, with 17,543 sold. We usually have our urban acts hanging off the chart’s cliff by the skin of their teeth, but we’re scare this time around. Not completely positive about whether or not it’s a good thing or not, but our last charter happens to be our last debut. Chi-town speedy rhymer

Twista closed up the charts with at #38 with “Perfect Storm,” selling 14,939. This marks the eighth studio album from the Do or Die rapper. The lead single is a sexual tempter titled “Make A Movie,” featuring Chris Brown on the hook. Other features include Waka Flocka Flame, Ray J, Yo Gotti and more. November may be a good month for urban music but too bad the sales aren’t measuring up. Next week Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are to put on a showdown for the top selling album, but until then, return back to see where Nelly — yes Nelly — ends up on the charts. The St. Louis makes his return to the music but does he still have the juice and his fan base? There’s only one way to find out. Read us next week!

Written By Shabazz

***Disclaimer: The chart ranking and sales were relieved from Hits Daily Double***

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