Written By Cyrus Langhorne
In this week’s charts The Game falls short of the top spot at No. 2, Lil’ Wayne moves to No. 6 and Solange Knowles debuts in the Top 10.
The Game bested the first week sales of his enemies in G-Unit by moving an impressive 239,150 albums. According to the Nielsen Soundscan, Game’s L.A.X. debuted at the No. 2 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. The follow-up to 2006’s The Doctor’s Advocate features guest appearances by hip-hop superstars like Lil’ Wayne, Nas and Busta Rhymes, with production by hitmakers Kanye West, Hi-Tek, Cool & Dre and Scott Storch.
Withstanding all newcomers since June, Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III has remained in the Top 10 as the album moved back up one spot to No. 6 this week. Pushing 54,040 copies going in to his 12th week, the album’s newest single “Mrs. Officer” featuring Bobby Valentino continues to help increase sales at cash registers nationwide. Weezy’s highest selling release has sold a historic 2,316,080 albums to date.
R&B sensation Solange is out to show she is capable of shining outside her sister’s shadow as her latest release, Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams, debuted at No. 9, moving 46,310 albums. The project features The Neptunes-produced smash single “I Decided” and features by Q-Tip, Lil’ Wayne, Estelle and Bilal.
Pop tart Rihanna stays grounded at No. 12 as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad sold 37,350 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 1,713,350 albums after 65 weeks on the charts.
West Coast rap icon Ice Cube has melted out of the Top 10 stopping at No. 14. Cube’s latest release Raw Footage pushed 30,340 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 just two weeks on the charts, Cube has sold 100,000 albums to date.
British R&B singer Leona Lewis continues her cruise past platinum as her debut album Spirit sold an easy 24,050 copies this week landing her at No. 19. After 21 weeks on the charts, Lewis has sold a total of 1,042,710 units.
Daddy Yankee’s decision to publicly endorse Senator John McCain for president may have been a bad idea, as his Talento De Barrio continues to slip landing him the No. 35 spot. In just his third week on the charts the disc pushed 12,280 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 54,620 copies.
Always controversial rapper Nas has seen his message-driven album Untitled drop to the No. 36 spot. Selling 12,270 copies this week, it appears the message may need a new charge. 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 362,530 units thus far.
Usher’s sixth studio album Here I Stand is inching ever so slowly to platinum as it drops down to No. 41. Pushing only 11,090 albums this week, an appearance on tonight’s NFL Kickoff show may be just what the doctor order for Ush. Featuring guest appearances by various platinum-selling artists like Young Jeezy and Beyonce, Usher is just shy of a million as his album stands 999,420 units after 14 weeks on the charts.
Atlanta’s R&B crooner Lloyd fell 19 spots landing at No. 43 with his Lessons in Love moving 10,860 albums after a month on the charts. With special guests including hip-hop heavy weights Ludacris and Lil' Weezy, his third album has pushed a solid total of 99,860 units.
Florida-bred rapper Plies dropped to No. 44 this week as his sophomore offering Definition Of Real pushed 10,620 units this week. The sexually fueled single “Bust It Baby Part 2” that features R&B superstar Ne-Yo charges the Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic Records disc helping it sell a total 480,253 in 12 weeks on the charts.
R&B sensation Chris Brown continues to slip landing the No. 47 spot with the re-issued version of his sophomore album Exclusive selling 9,690 copies 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 1,769,000 units sold.
Debuting on the charts this week is "Get Silly" rapper V.I.C. who landed at the No. 73 slot, selling 7,100 copies of his disc Beast.
Check back next week to see how Atlanta trap rapper Young Jeezy, Diddy protégé Donnie Klang and actor-turned-singer Terrence Howard stand atop the charts.