In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Lil’ Wayne remains constant at No. 2, Three 6 Mafia stay’s fly at No. 5, and no one eats RZA’s Digi Snacks.
After doing “A-milli” his first week, and then being dethroned by Coldplay last week, Lil’ Wayne’s sixth studio album Tha Carter III, holds steady this week, remaining at No. 2. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the set was hit with a 32% decline in sales; however, Young Moola still pushed an outstanding 209,000 copies this week. After three weeks, the Cash Money star’s grand total has reached an astonishing 1,526,000 copies sold.
The Academy Award-winning duo Three 6 Mafia’s oft-delayed ninth studio album Last 2 Walk, finally enters the charts at No. 5 with 77,000. After experiencing numerous release date shifts, DJ Paul and Juicy J rack up their second straight Top 5 disc following 2005’s Most Known Unknown which peaked at No. 3.
Usher’s sixth studio album Here I Stand falls one spot to No. 7 this week. Hit with a 21% decrease in sales, the set moved 52,000 copies. Powered by the hit lead single “Love In This Club” featuring Young Jeezy and the rising second single “Moving Moutains," in five weeks, Usher's certified gold album has totaled 806,000 copies.
Rihanna’s re-release of her third studio album Good Girls Gone Bad, narrowly stays within the Top 10 standing at No. 10. After rising from the depths of the charts last week, the resurrected disc was hit with a 26% decline in sales. Despite the hit Ri Ri still sold an impressive 47,000 copies 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 jam “Take A Bow.” After 56 weeks, the set has garnered 1,354,000 albums sold.
After peaking at No. 2, Plies sophomore studio album Definition of Real bows out of the Top 10, falling six spots to No. 11. Hit with a 37% decline in sales, the set still managed to push 43,000 copies this week. The follow-up to 2007’s certified gold debut The Real Testament, Real is powered by the smash single “Bust It Baby Part. 2”featuring Ne-Yo. In three weeks, the Sunshine State goon's disc has amassed 325,500 copies.
British star, Leona Lewis’ Spirit raises a notch to No. 16. The sultry songstress is experienced a 4% increase in sales, pushing 29,000 copies this week. In 12 weeks, Lewis certified gold debut is approaching platinum status with 830,000 copies sold.
Thanks in part to his electric performance on the 2008 BET Awards teen sensation Chris Brown jumps three notches to No. 22 this week. The re-issue of Exclusive sold 19,300 copies this week. After 34 weeks, the set has amassed 1,647,000 copies.
R&B icon, Mariah Carey’s chart-topping album E=MC2 drops two spots to No. 25. With 17,300 copies sold this week, Carey has sold 1,063,400 in total.
Detroit soul singer/songwriter and producer Dwele third studio album Sketches Of A Man debuts this week at No. 35. The first release under his new deal with Koch Records, the set is powered by the first single “I’m Cheatin’.” The Grammy award nominated artist disc moved a significantly low 14, 000.
N.E.R.D.'s third studio album Seeing Sounds, continues to descend down the charts. Dropping 18 positions to No. 38 the Star Trak/ Interscope set moved 13,300 copies this week. After three weeks, the alternative rock/hip-hop trio has amassed 117,000.
Ashanti's sophomore studio album The Declaration plummets 21 spots to No. 42. The Universal Motown set sales continue to suffer, experiencing a 42% decline for a total of 13,000 copies moved this week. After four weeks the songbirds –Irv Gotti free set– has moved just 155,400 copies.
Madonna’s eleventh studio album, Hard Candy, sinks ten notches to No. 46. Down 17% in sales the set moved 12,000 copies this week. In nine weeks, the pop icon certified gold album has sold 570,400 copies.
This week’s honorable mentions:
With his first offering in five years, underground MC and political activist Immortal Technique enters the charts at No. 99 with his third studio album 3rd World with DJ Green Lantern with a low 7,500 copies sold. The Viper records release is the follow up to 2003’s Revolutionary Vol. 2.
The RZA's fourth solo album Digi Snacks enters the charts at No. 111 with 6,700 copies sold. Marking the third album under his Bobby Digital alias, the Koch released set is led by the lead single “You Can’t Stop Me Now,” featuring Wu-Tang cohort Inspectah Deck. The disc also features production from David Banner on “Straight Up the Block.”
Check back next week as albums from G-Unit and ByrdGang impact the charts.