Written By Thomas A. Harden
In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Nas dethrones Lil' Wayne for the top spot, and David Banner’s “Story” makes headlines.
The Godson, Nas controversial ninth studio album Untitled dethrones Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III, to capture his fifth No. 1 spot on Billboard 200. According to Nielsen's SoundScan the hot button LP sold 187,000 copies. The follow up to 2006’s Hip-Hop Is Dead, which also debuted at No. 1 but shifted 354,000 over Christmas week. Untitled is powered by the the Polow da Don produced and Keri Hilson assisted single, “Hero” and the impactful “Black President.”
Lil’ Wayne’s sixth studio album Tha Carter III, after two consecutive weeks atop of the charts relinquishes its position to come in at No.2 this week. Despite a 15% drop in sales, the Birdman, Jr. managed to shift an outstanding 105,000 copies. After six weeks, Young Moola is quickly approaching the double platinum make at 1,912,000 units sold.
Mississippi native, David Banner's third studio album The Greatest Story Ever Told, enters the charts at No. 8. The third straight top 10 album for Banner, the set pushed 52,000 units. powered by the lead single “Get Like Me” featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc.
Rihanna’s re-release of her third studio album Good Girls Gone Bad, makes the cut at No. 10. Despite experiencing 12% decrease in sales this week, the set moved 41,000 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 59 weeks, Ri Ri’s set has shifted 1,483,000 copies.
Usher’s sixth studio album Here I Stand descent continues, falling eight spots to No. 19. Hit with a 22% decrease in sales, the set moved 26,000 copies this week. Powered by the hit lead single “Love In This Club” featuring Young Jeezy and the rising second single “Moving Mountains,” Mr. Confessions' certified gold album is nearing platinum status at 907,000 units sold.
British crooner, Leona Lewis’ debut album Spirit drops six spots to No. 21. The sultry songstress pushed 23,000 copies this week. In 15 weeks, Lewis certified Gold debut is approaching platinum status with 907,000 units sold.
After two weeks, G-Unit’s sophomore album T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight) continues to suffer from the sophomore jinx bowing out of the Top 10, plummeting 15 notches to No. 24. Impacted with a 42% decline in sales, the Unit’s set shifted 21,000 copies this week. After three weeks, the disc, which features G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and recently ousted member Young Buck, has moved a disappointing 160,000 copies.
The Sunshine State goon, Plies sophomore studio album Definition of Real drops nine notches to No. 26. Despite being hit with a 15% decline in sales, the set still managed to push 21,000 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 six weeks, Plies disc has amassed 401,000 copies.
Three 6 Mafia’s ninth studio album Last 2 Walk descends 13 spots to No. 29 this week. With a 24% decrease in sales, DJ Paul and Juicy J’s Hypnotize Minds/ Columbia set pushed 18,000 units. Marking their first project in three years, the disc has sold 157,000 copies in four weeks.
Teen sensation, Chris Brown slips four notches to No. 31. The re-issue of his sophomore set Exclusive sold 15,000 copies this week. After 37 weeks, his platinum Jive set has amassed 1,700,000 copies.
R&B icon, Mariah Carey’s chart-topping album E=MC2 plummets 16 spots from No. 31 to No. 47. Despite the buzz of her latest single “I’ll Be Lovin U Long Time” featuring T.I., Carey’s sixth studio album shifted 12,000 copies this week. After 14 weeks, the LP has sold 1,106,000 copies.
Next week check to see how albums from Dipset affiliate Hell Rell, Dirty South temptress Khia, and R&B up-and-comer Noel Gourdin impact the charts.