US Charts Review

The sales this week sales shall make all urban lovers resort to waving their hands in the air singing the old 90’s tune “Hip-Hop Hooray!” It’s no question that Young Money’s all-star Drake hit #1, but he proved that hip hop/RnB fans still know where they’re local record store is. Besides the great news, sales for the following acts continue to slum this week not even making it over 50,000 units. I’m sure all are anxious to see how Drake’s new debut, so the charts we go!

Instead finding some girl’s heart, he surely found those sales! It wasn’t “a milli,” but the man almost hit Gold in his first week! Selling 462,989, Drake‘s debut album “Thank Me Later” takes the top spot! Now with all the hype with video footage of emo fans at album singings, some expect the Young Money artist to sell between 500-700 units, but we have to admit this is impressive and acceptive, being that the album was leaked anyways. Even know he’s been making music after his wheel-chair days on teenage show “Degrassi,” Drake didn’t catch a mass audience until his “So Far Gone” mixtape. In an interview with Complex Magazine, Drake stated that “Thank Me Later” would be “a solid hip-hop album,” but instead, the material appears similar to Kanye West’s “808 & Heartbreak,” which features singing over bass about emo related topics. Besides the controversy about the “goodness” of the album, Drake pulls in notable names for his debut, including Alicia Keys, T.I., The-Dream,Young Jeezy, Jay-Z and of course Young Money’s own Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Production credits also go to Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

Following other new releases and Jack Johnson, Justin Bieber comes in at #7 for “My World 2.0” with 46,967 sold. Christina Aguilera drops from her debut #3 position and lands at #11 for “Bionic,” selling 36,388 this week. Usher stays around the same boat, selling 29,049 for “Raymond v. Raymond” into the #13 position. Lady Gaga comes down from #11 and sits at #15 for “Fame,” selling 27,806.

After debuting at #5, the goon Plies now resides at #18 with 18,696 sold for “Goon Affiliated.” B.o.B. follows with 18,626 at #19 for “Adventures of Bobby Ray” and Black Eyed Peas does the same #20 with 18,403 sold for “The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies).”

Ke$ha only moves down two spots into #22 for “Animal,” racking in 16,536 units for the album. Gaga returns for “Fame Monster,” selling 14,141 into #27. Bieber follows with the original “My World” landing in #28 with 13,717 sold. Alicia Keys‘ “Element of Freedom” comes in at #34 and 11,752 sold. Nas & Damian Marley sell 11,194 into #36 for their collaborative project, “Distant Relatives.”

Ludacris moves up four spots for “Battle of the Sexes,” selling 10,356 more copies into #39. Eminem returns and closes out the charts with his latest release, “The Relapse,” which landed at #46 with 8,758 sold.

Not much promotion was put behind the album, but Philly hip-hop band The Roots dropped a new one on us this week. We also can stay tuned to see if Macy Gray and Eminem can earn a spot on the charts.

Written By Shabazz

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