Written By Cyrus Kyle Langhorne
In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts Lloyd debuts in the Top 10, Lil’ Wayne is stuck at the No. 5 spot and The Clipse's Re-Up Gang gets off to a shaky start.
Continuing his domination atop the Billboard 200, Lil' Wayne’s 2X platinum Tha Carter III repeated at No. 5 on this week’s charts. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rapper Alive” moved an easy 67,140 albums going in to his ninth week of release. Gaining popularity with his new single “Get Money” featuring hitmaker T-Pain, Weezy has sold 2,144,000 units
Debuting at No. 7, R&B sensation Lloyd surprised many selling a cool 51,000 in his first week on the charts. The singer’s third album Lessons In Love features special guests including hip-hop superstar Ludacris while his Lil’ Wayne assisted hit single “Girls Around the World” continues to hit radio airwaves across the country.
Rihanna’s re-released third studio album Good Girls Gone Bad, two stepped its’ way to No. 9 from last week’s No. 12 spot. The repackaged Def Jam disc sold 43,900 units this week and 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 62 weeks, the album has shifted 1,594,440 copies.
Nas’ controversial ninth studio album Untitled dropped eight spots to No. 18 this week. The revolutionary LP shifted 25,000 copies this week. Untitled is charged by the Polow da Don produced and Keri Hilson assisted lead single, “Hero,” and Fox News network diss track “Sly Fox.” After four weeks, the Queensbridge MC’s set has sold 316,351.
British crooner Leona Lewis moves to No. 23 this week after selling 22,615 albums. In 18 weeks, Lewis’ debut album Spirit has been certified gold and is nearing the platinum mark with 973,540 units sold.
Usher’s sixth studio album Here I Stand slips eight positions to No. 32. His first album without management from his mother moved 15,540 copies this week. With no new chart topping banger to speak of, the album continues to be powered by the hit lead single “Love In This Club” featuring Young Jeezy. Regardless of the current struggles the certified gold set has sold an impressive 964,060 units and should reach platinum status soon.
Making the term “goon” an everyday saying, Plies continues to sell records. Coming at No. 40 Florida-bred rapper was able to push 13,300 copies of his sophomore studio album Definition of Real. The Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic Records disc is fueled by the hit single “Bust It Baby Part. 2” featuring hitmaker Ne-Yo. In nine weeks, Real is approaching gold status with 446,885 copies sold.
Mississippi native, David Banner’s third studio album The Greatest Story Ever Told, slipped 10 spots to No. 41 this week. The rapper/producer set pushed 13,250 units. Powered by the lead single “Get Like Me” featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc, after four weeks, Banner’s set has a total of 101,630 units sold.
R&B heartthrob Chris Brown has dipped a bit on the charts. The re-issue of his sophomore album Exclusive dropped 11 spots to No. 43. C. Breezy’s set shifted 12,540 copies this week. After 40 weeks, the five-time 2008 Teen Choice Award winner, platinum Jive set has amassed 1,737,520 copies.
Oscar winners, Three 6 Mafia’s ninth studio album Last 2 Walk fell to No. 45 this week. DJ Paul and Juicy J’s Hypnotize Minds/Columbia set matched last week sale total of 12,420 units. Marking their first project in three years, in seven weeks the duo has sold 196,950 copies.
As far as other debuts of the week go, the Clipse' crew, the Re Up Gang quietly selling a combined total of 9.860 units.
Meanwhile Nappy Roots’ comeback album Humdinger only moved an embarrassing 7,720 copies as they also debuted this week at No. 77.
Check back next week to see how Yung Berg, Bad Boy’s Janelle Monae and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams impact the charts.