Written By Cyrus Langhorne
In this week’s charts Young Jeezy puts out a No. 1 album, Bad Boy’s Donnie Klang makes into the Top 20, and Usher nabs his fourth straight platinum-selling album.
Young Jeezy showed his latest effort is more than fancy cars and flaunting cash, by selling an impressive 259, 780 units. According to the Nielsen Soundscan, Jeezy’s The Recession debuted at the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. Following up his platinum-selling The Inspiration, the Def Jam artist teamed up with fellow labelmates Kanye West, Jay-Z and Nas for his third studio album.
The Game slid one slot to No. 3 in his second week on the charts. L.A.X. sold a steady 88,710 units. The former G-Unit member’s third and alleged final album features production from a variety of mega hitmakers including Scott Storch, Hi-Tek, DJ Toomp, Kanye West, and others. Proving once again that he can sell records on his lonesome, Game has sold a solid 327,860 copies to date.
In the surprise position of the week Lil’ Wayne barely hung on to a Top 10 ranking. Coming in at No. 10, the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” sold 46,580 units of Tha Carter III this week. Walking home with the Best Hip-Hop Video for “Lollipop” at this year’s VMAs, Weezy’s other single “Mrs. Officer” featuring Bobby Valentino has continued to hit national airwaves. After just 13 weeks on the charts, the album has sold an astonishing 2,362,650 units.
R&B vixen Rihanna slipped one spot to No. 13 as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad sold 32,130 copies this week. The newly updated version features three additional tracks on top of her smash hits including the Grammy award winning single “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z and her latest gem “Take A Bow.” Her third Def Jam release has sold a total of 1,745,480 albums after 65 weeks on the charts.
“Making the Band 4” alumni Donnie Klang debuted within the Top 20 this week as Just a Rolling Stone pushed 22,000 records this week. The latest Bad Boy newcomer hit the studio with producers Channel 7, Mario Winans, Soul Diggaz, The Dream and others on his highly anticipated debut.
British R&B singer Leona Lewis, who reached platinum status two weeks ago, continues to soar as her debut album Spirit moved 21,640 copies this week landing her at No. 20. After 22 weeks on the charts, Lewis has sold a total of 1,064,360 units.
West Coast rap icon Ice Cube has dropped to No. 26 as his latest release Raw Footage moved 18,490 units this week. His eighth solo release features appearances by fellow Californian rappers WC, The Game, as well as major players Nas, Scarface and Young Jeezy. After three weeks on the charts, Cube has seen 118,590 copies sold.
R&B bad girl Solange has been caught up in some controversy lately, but it has not done much to affect her album sales. Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams, fell to No. 28 with a steady 17,620 albums sold this week. The project features The Neptunes-produced smash single “I Decided” and features by Q-Tip, Lil’ Wayne, Estelle and Bilal. After two weeks in stores, Beyonce’s lil’ sis has sold a total of 63,930 copies.
Actor-turned-singer Terrence Howard tried his hand at singing with his debut album Shine Through It which landed the No. 31 spot. The Academy Award-nominated performer sold 14,190 albums of his debut, which he has reportedly been working on since March 2007.
Always controversial rapper Nas continues to slip down the chart as his latest effort Untitled landed at No. 45 with 10,140 copies this week. Powered by production from Polow da Don and Keri Hilson' vocals on the single “Hero,” the Queensbridge rapper’s second Def Jam release has pushed a total of 372,660 units to date.
Slim Thug is back on the block with an album from his Boss Hogg Outlawz crew. Back by Blockular Demand: Serve & Collect II failed to generate much buzz as it debuted at No. 48 this week with a 9,820 units sold. The second studio album from the Houston collective appears on Koch Records and features group members Killa Kyleon, J-Dawg, Chris Ward, Young Black and PJ.
The honorable mention of the week goes to R&B King Usher. The soon to be daddy (for the second time) can also celebrate the fact that his sixth studio album Here I Stand has finally reached platinum status. Coming in at No. 56 spot with 8,960 albums sold this week, the disc marks his fourth consecutive platinum-selling album. Usher has moved a grand total of 1,008,383 units after 15 weeks on the charts,
Check back next week to see how LL Cool J’s final Def Jam release stands against Akon associate Kardinal Offishall.