US Charts Review

For his third week in charts, Jay-Z loses his #1 spot to the legendary rock band Pearl Jam, but still dominates urban sales. Slowly approaching platinum with 130,000 units sold this week, Blueprint III stands at #2 with a total 905,000 copies.

Whitney Houston remains also in the top 5, standing at #4: the diva’s comeback album I Look To You pushed a solid 63,000 for its fifth week in stores. So far the album has sold 617,500 copies.

Young Money’s hypeman Drake continues to impress the competition with the success of So Far Gone, the mixtape released for free online earlier this year. For its second week on shelves, the album moved 35,000 units at #12, reaching gold status with a total of 107,000 copies sold.

Kanye’s protégé Kid Cudi experienced a sharp 13 spots drop for its second week in stores, standing at #17. Man On The Moon, his debut album with G.O.O.D Music, sold 30,000 copies this week, also reaching gold status at 135,000 units sold in total.

The Black Eyed Peas seem unstoppable on the charts! Their last LP The E.N.D (Energy Never Ends) continues its spectacular course with a strong 28,600 copies moved. After 4 months in the charts, the group still stands at #18, the total sales reaching 1,139,000 copies with a platinum status.

Trey Songz dropped another 6 spots to finish this week at #25. The R&B singer’s album Ready sold 25,000 albums for its fourth week, for a total of 224,000 copies sold.

The soul singer Maxwell performed this week at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York. Did it boost his performance on the charts? Maybe, but in any case standing at #30 after 3 months is quite remarkable! Maxwell’s fourth album Blacksummer’snight moved 17,000 copies this week, the total sales adding up to 779,000 units.

This week also marked a noticeable slow debut on the charts for Sean Kingston. Despite the success of the club anthem Fire Burning, the Jamaican singer’s sophomore album, Tomorrow, only sold 13,000 copies.

Next week, R&B heavyweight Mariah Carey should make a strong landing on the charts. Will MC manage to grab the #1 spot?

We’ll also keep an eye on Marques Houston‘s comeback, along with Playaz Circle, Ghostface Killah and Saigon entrance in the top albums.

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