Written By Cyrus Langhorne
On this week’s charts, Ice Cube holds down the No. 5 spot of all releases, Lil’ Wayne falls to No. 7 and Leona Lewis makes it into the platinum club.
Bringing the West Coast back atop the Billboard 200, Ice Cube’s Raw Footage debuted at the No. 5 spot on this week’s charts and No. 1 out of all R&B and hip-hop releases. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Cube pushed an impressive 69,770 units. His eighth solo release features appearances by fellow California rappers WC, The Game, Nas, Scarface, Young Jeezy.
Still crushing nearly all hip-hop competitors, Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III slipped one spot to No. 7 moving a solid 56,821 records going in to just his 11th week. With guest appearances by hip-hop stars Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain, and Fabolous, the album has sold a total of 2,261,581 copies.
R&B hottie Rihanna has fallen out of Top 10 as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad sold 39,300 giving her the No. 12 position. The newly updated version features three additional tracks on top of her smash hits including the Grammy-Award winning “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z and her latest gem “Take A Bow.” Her third Def Jam release has sold a total of 1,676,010 albums after 64 weeks on the charts.
British R&B singer Leona Lewis has finally reached platinum-status as her latest project Spirit sold a steady 21,910 copies this week landing her at No. 18. After 20 weeks on the charts, Lewis has passed the million mark moving 1,018,670 units.
Latin sensation Daddy Yankee hasn’t seen the benefits of endorsing Senator John McCain for president, as his Talento De Barrio has slipped ten slots to No. 23. In its second week on the charts the disc pushed 16,610 copies. Yankee exclusively does the soundtrack for his self-starring film set to hit US theaters next month and helped it sell a total of 42,340 copies.
Atlanta’s R&B crooner Lloyd follows behind at No. 24 with his Lessons in Love moving 15,610 going in to its third week on the charts. With special guests including hip-hop heavy weights Ludacris and Lil’ Wayne, his third album has pushed a solid total of 89,000.
Always controversial rapper Nas picks back up he pace at No. 25 as his Untitled album moved units totaling 15,080 this week. Powered by production from Polow da Don and Keri Hilson vocals on singles like “Hero,” the Queensbridge rapper’s second Def Jam release has pushed a total of 350,250 copies.
Seemingly under the radar Usher’s sixth studio album Here I Stand drops down to No. 38 pushing 10,911 albums this week. Featuring guest appearances by various platinum-selling artists like Young Jeezy and Beyonce, Ush is just shy of platinum at 988,330 after 13 weeks on the charts.
Florida-bred rapper Plies also dropped a few spots landing at No. 39 this week as his sophomore offering Definition Of Real pushed 10,840 units this week. The sexually fueled single “Bust It Baby Part 2” that features R&B superstar Ne-Yo boosts the Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic Records disc helping it sell a total 469.640 in 11 weeks on the charts.
Mississippi native, David Banner’s third studio The Greatest Story Ever Told continues its stay on the charts resting at No. 40 spot with 10,660 units out the door. The rapper/producer’s team effort alongside Chris Brown and Yung Joc has helped the project sell a total of 123,790 total albums after 6 weeks in stores.
R&B sensation Chris Brown continues to slip as he drops to the No. 42 spot with his re-issued sophomore album Exclusive selling 10,300 this week. C. Breezy’s heavily featured album showcases guest appearances by Kanye West, The Game, T-Pain and many others helping it stay on the charts with a total of 1,759,300 units sold.
Other notable debuts this week include GZA’s Pro Tools and R&B singer Karina with her First Love. The lyrical Wu-Tang Clan member made a quiet buzz landing the No. 52 spot as his latest project pushed a mere total of 9,250 units, while Def Jam newcomer Karina hit No. 57 moving 8,861 copies.
Check back next week to see how if West Coast rapper The Game and Beyonce’s baby sister Solange can land atop the charts.