US Charts Review

For its second week in stores “Blueprint III” tops the charts with 300,000 units sold! Jay-Z’s last installment of the classic “Blueprint” series should break the platinum bar next week, with a strong momentum following the release of its third single “Empire State of Mind.”

Another legendary artist standing strong on the charts is Whitney Houston. Her comeback album “I Look To You” has pushed 165,000 units with a 99% increase from last week, jumping two spots to end at #2.

Kid Cudi makes an impressive entrance at #4 in this week’s charts. The Cleveland MC has moved 105,000 copies of “Man On The Moon,” his debut on Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D Music.

Rap newcomer Drake also makes a quite successful opening week. Despite being available online for free download since February, the acclaimed “So Far Gone” mixtape managed to sell 72,000 albums for its official release, ending this week at #6.

The Louisiania rapper Lil Boosie is back after a 2-year gap. The MC was sentenced on Tuesday, September 22 to 2 years in prison after accepting a plea deal and admitting to drug and weapon possession in an arrest last fall. However, his new album “Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz” is in the top 10, grabbing the 9th spot with 46,000 copies.

“The E.N.D (Energy Never Dies),” Black Eyed Peas’ platinum album, ends its 16th week on the charts with a solid 40,000 records sold to date, at #13.

This week was tough for R&B singer Trey Songz: “Ready” falls 6 spot at #19. Even worse is Raekwon’s descent into the abyss of this week’s chart. After a strong opening week, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2” drops 29 spots to finish at #34 with only 17,000 albums sold, which represents a 74% decrease.

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