Written by Thomas A. Harden
In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Lil’ Wayne terminates G-Unit’s top spot aspirations, and Jim Jones’ Byrdgang flies under the radar.
After a brief hiatus Lil’Wayne returns to the top of the Billboard 200, landing at No.1 this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan Weezy’s sixth studio album Tha Carter III, managed to dominate the competition moving an outstanding 156,000 copies. After four weeks, Young Moola has sold 1,682,000 units.
G-Unit’s highly anticipated sophomore album T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight) enters the charts at No. 4 with 102,000. The follow up to the Unit’s debut set Beg For Mercy, which started at No. 1 with 377,000, T.O.S. falls short of expectations. Powered by the crew’s lead single “Rider Part II” and street anthem “Straight Outta Southside,” the set features 50 Cent alongside G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and recently ousted member Young Buck.
Usher may need his mommy back by his side sooner than later if his current album continues on its course down the charts. Hit with a 20% decrease in sales Here I Stand fell one spot to No. 8 this week, moving 41,000 copies. Powered by the hit single “Love In This Club” featuring Young Jeezy after six weeks the disc is slowly climbing to platinum with 847,000 units sold.
Pop-star, Rihanna’s re-release of her third studio album Good Girls Gone Bad, climbs a notch to No. 9. Despite experiencing a brief drop in standings last week the Barbadian princess still managed to move an impressive 40,000 copies. The repackaged disc comes with three additional tracks, on top of her smash hits including the Grammy award winning “Umbrella,” and her latest jam “Take A Bow.” After 57 weeks, Ri Ri fans have consumed 1,394,000 copies of the set.
After debuting last week at No. 5, Academy Award-winning duo Three 6 Mafia’s ninth studio album Last 2 Walk, bows out of the Top 10 coming in at No. 11 this week. A 52% decrease in sales translated into 37,000 units, pushed for the DJ Paul and Juicy J set. In two weeks the album has sold 114,000 copies.
Kansas City rapper and underground MC, Tech N9ne eleventh studio album Killer debuts this week at No. 12 with 36,000. The 32-track set is the first double disc release from Tech N9ne and the album cover pays homage to Michael Jackson’s iconic album Thriller cover. Released on Tech’s Strange Music imprint, the set features appearances from Paul Wall, Scarface, Shawanna, Ice Cube and Mistah F.A.B. among others.
The Sunshine State goon, Plies sophomore studio album Definition of Real continues to slip-n-slide down the charts falling four spots to No. 15. Hit with a 28% decline in sales, the set still managed to push 31,000 copies this week. The follow-up to 2007’s certified gold debut The Real Testament, the Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic Records disc is powered the smash single “Bust It Baby Part. 2”featuring Ne-Yo. In just four weeks, Plies disc has amassed 356,500 copies.
British soloist, Leona Lewis’ debut album Spirit slips two spots to No. 18. The sultry songstress experienced a 6% decline in sales, pushing 27,000 copies this week. In 13 weeks, Lewis certified gold debut is approaching platinum status with 857,000 units sold.
Teen sensation, Chris Brown drops five spots to No. 27. The re-issue of Brown’s sophomore set Exclusive sold 19,000 copies this week. After 35 weeks, his platinum Jive set has amassed 1,666,000 copies.
In the biggest disappointment of the week, Dipset capo Jim Jones saw his new rap group Byrd Gang, sell a meager 17,000 units. The group’s compilation M.O.B.: The Album flew in on the charts at No. 29. Comprised of Jones along with rappers NOE, Mel Matrix, Oshy, Sandman, Sen and producer Chink Santana the collective’s debut album is powered by lead single “S.p.l.a.s.h.” featuring Juelz Santana and follow up single and crew anthem “Byrd Gang Money.” The set was released via ByrdGang/Asylum Records.
R&B diva, Mariah Carey’s chart-topping album E=MC2 descent continues falling eight notches No. 33. Hit with a 7% decrease in sales, Carey’s sixth studio album shifted 16,000 copies this week. After 12 weeks, the IDJ set has sold 1,080,000 in total.
Ashanti’s sophomore studio album The Declaration sinks seven spots to No. 49. The Universal Motown set sales continue to suffer, experiencing a 13% decline for a total of 11,000 copies moved this week. After five weeks the songbirds –Irv Gotti free set– has moved 167,000 copies.
Next week look for Killer Mike to make an impact on the charts.