Written By Cyrus Langhorne
In this week’s Sales Wrap Ne-Yo just misses the top spot landing at No. 2, Nelly under a 100k, but nabs No. 3 spot, and DJ Khaled’s latest effort debuts in Top 10.
Bringing R&B back atop the charts this week is Ne-Yo who proves chivalry isn't dead as Year of the Gentleman moves an impressive 250,600 units this week. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the Def Jam singer missed the No. 1 spot for the first time landing at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200. The release is led by his VMA nominated hit “Closer” and new single “Miss Independent.”
Making his return to store shelves after a four-year hiatus is Nelly with Brass Knuckles debuting at No. 3 selling a total of 83,715 albums. Following-up his platinum-selling albums Sweat and Suit, the St. Lunatic teamed up with a star-studded line-up including Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Fergie, T.I., LL Cool J, R.Kelly, Ciara, Rick Ross and more.
Trap star rapper Young Jeezy fell four spots to No. 6 this week as The Recession pushed out a solid 59,875 albums. His third Def Jam solo release placed popular producers behind the boards including DJ Toomp, Don Cannon and The Inkredibles who are responsible for his latest single “Vacation.” After three weeks in stores, the album has sold a total of 410,380 units.
Known for popularizing the saying “We Tha Best,” DJ Khaled debuted in the Top 10 this week landing at No. 7 selling 49,570 copies. Believed to be his final Koch Records contractual release, the album We Global features the usual Florida-based line-up including T-Pain, Rick Ross, Plies, Trick Daddy, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Ace Hood plus New York rappers Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Nas and Fabolous.
Slipping one spot on this week’s charts is multi-platinum selling rapper Lil’ Wayne who reached No. 9. Following the announcement of his upcoming documentary The Nino Brown Story, Tha Carter III sold a steady 43,110 units with the help of his current hit single “Mrs. Officer” featuring Bobby Valentino. After recently winning the "Best Hip-Hop Video" for “Lollipop” at this year’s VMAs, Weezy’s latest effort has moved 2,453,110 copies in only 15 weeks.
Black Wall Street leader The Game dropped three spots over the week landing at No. 10 with his L.A.X. selling 41,535 copies. Recently featured throughout the Internet with former rap rival Joe Budden, Game’s album offers hip-hop fans a heavy group of varied artists including DMX, Ne-Yo, Common, Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, Bilal and others. His third and final album is headed towards gold status sitting at 418,640 after four weeks on shelves.
R&B vixen Rihanna has fallen two spots to No. 14 as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad sold 31,680 albums this week. Rihanna’s newly updated version offers fans 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 1,812,031 albums after 68 weeks on the charts.
Returning to store shelves after four years is R&B singer Raphael Saadiq with The Way I See It debuting at No. 19 selling 23,431 copies in its’ first week. The fourth solo album by the musician and vocalist features an interesting guest line-up including Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z and Joss Stone.
British soul singer Leona Lewis, who recently reached platinum, moved up one spot as she continues to sell records with her debut album Spirit moving 22,240 copies this week landing her at No. 21. After 24 weeks in stores, Lewis has sold a total of 1,108,120 units.
Grammy-nominated singer Eric Benet dropped 15 spots as Love & Life landed the No. 26 spot on the charts with 18,541 copies sold. Former husband to movie star Halle Berry, Benet’s new single “You’re The Only One” is reportedly making its way up charts and is his most recent song to hit Top 20 in two years. After 14 days on the charts, the album is stuck at 58,940 units.
Despite excitement about his final Def Jam release being his most anticipated album, LL Cool J has failed to draw in sales as Exit 13 sold a low 14,723 albums this week. Allegedly claiming the label is to blame for the lack of promotion, LL fell 23 spots to arrive at No. 32. His 13th album follows the certified gold 2006 release, Todd Smith, and features appearances from 50 Cent, Lil’ Mo, Wyclef Jean plus the club smash “Baby” featuring The Dream.
Led by lead singer, Travis McCoy, Gym Class Heroes have also suffered a significant loss with The Quilt dropping 24 spots to No. 38 this week selling 12,380 copies. Assisted by production from Cool & Dre, the group’s latest effort showcases guest appearances by Estelle, Busta Rhymes and The Dream. After two weeks on the charts, the group has sold a total of 44,650 albums.
Check back next week to see how newcomer Jazmine Sullivan performs on the charts with her debut album.
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