Written By Thomas A. Harden
In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Lil’ Wayne hits the double platinum mark, Nas slips out of the top spot and Hell Rell’s ski-mask way comes up empty.
After taking a backseat to Nas last week, Lil’ Wayne’s sixth studio album Tha Carter III, slides further down the Billboard 200 charts to No. 5, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Despite the slide the 85,000 copies the Birdman Jr. sold this week have pushed his LP to certified double platinum mark with 1,997,000 units sold in just seven weeks.
After dethroning Lil’ Wayne from the top spot last week, Nas slips to No. 8 this week. God Son’s controversial ninth studio album Untitled was impacted by a 66% decline in sales moving 63,000 copies. Untitled is powered by the lead single, the Polow Da Don produced and Keri Hilson assisted “Hero,” and FOX News network diss track “Sly Fox.” After two weeks, the Queens-bridge MC set has sold 250,000 units.
After four weeks, Rihanna’s re-release of her third studio album Good Girls Gone Bad, bows out of the Top 10 at No. 11. Despite experiencing 18% decrease in sales, the set moved 34,000 units this week. The repackaged disc comes with three additional tracks, on top of her smash hits including the Grammy award winning “Umbrella,” and her latest gem “Take A Bow.” After 60 weeks, Ri Ri’s set has shifted 1,516,000 copies.
Usher’s sixth studio album Here I Stand jumps up a notch to No. 18. Enduring a 10% decrease in sales, the set moved 24,000 copies this week. Powered by the hit lead single “Love In This Club” featuring Young Jeezy, after nine weeks, Usher is “moving mountains” to propel his certified gold set to the platinum plateau, as the disc stands at 930,000 units sold.
British vocalist, Leona Lewis’ debut album Spirit climbs two spots to No. 19. The songbird experienced a 6% decline in sales, pushing 22,000 copies this week. In 16 weeks, Lewis certified gold debut is nearing the platinum mark with 929,500 units sold.
After debuting at No. 8 last week, rapper/activist, David Banner third studio album The Greatest Story Ever Told, bows out of the Top 10 at No. 20 this week. Impacted by a 59% decrease in sales, the Mississippi native set pushed 21, 000 units. The follow up to 2005’s Certified, which peaked at No. 6, is powered by the lead single “Get Like Me” featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc. After two weeks, Banner disc has a total of 73,000 units sold.
The Sunshine State goon, Plies sophomore studio album Definition of Real drops a notch to No. 27. Hit with a 16% decline in sales, the set shifted 17,000 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 seven weeks, Plies disc has amassed 418,000 copies.
Oscar winners, Three 6 Mafia’s ninth studio album Last 2 Walk stumbles 4 spots to No. 33 this week. With a 24% decrease in sales, DJ Paul and Juicy J’s Hypnotize Minds/ Columbia set pushed 14,000 units. Marking their first project in three years, in five weeks the duo has sold 171,000 copies.
The sophomore jinx continues to plague G-Unit, as their second album T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight) drops ten notches to No. 34. Impacted with a 35% decline in sales, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo set pushed only 14,000 copies this week. After four weeks, the disc, which also features ousted member Young Buck, has moved a shockingly low 173, 000 copies.
R&B newcomer Noel Gourdin debut After My Time enters the charts at No. 36 with a woeful 14,000 units sold. The Epic release is lead by the Massachusetts native’s debut single “The River.” Producers on the set include Raphael Saadiq and Salaam Remi.
R&B heartthrob, Chris Brown chart descent continues falling six spots to No. 37. The sales of Brown’s re-issued sophomore set Exclusive remain the same as last week, shifting 15,000 copies this week. After 38 weeks, the new voice of Double Mint gum, platinum Jive set has amassed 1,710,000 copies.
Diplomat's affiliate Hell Rell sophomore set Black Mask Black Gloves: Ruga enters the charts at No. 131 this week with a significantly low 5,400 units sold. The follow up to his debut solo album 2007’s For The Hell Of It, the disc features fellow Diplomat cohort JR Writer and Byrd Gang member Sen.
Next week look for Lil' Wayne to continue to dominate the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.