Written By Cyrus Langhorne
In this week’s Sales Wrap, the Pussycat Dolls make their return landing at No. 5, Jazmine Sullivan can sell debuting at No. 6 and Joe Thomas finds his way back in to Top 10.
Keeping things grown and sexy atop the charts this week is Ne-Yo whose latest effort Year of the Gentleman moved a solid 82,610 albums. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the Def Jam artist slid one spot to No. 3 as his third disc continues to burn airwaves with hit records like the VMA nominated “Closer” and new single “Miss Independent.” Select copies also include a bonus track featuring Fabolous who the R&B crooner is reportedly working on a collaboration album with. In just 14 days, Ne-Yo has already sold 333,220 units.
Bringing some pop to the charts is the Pussycat Dolls repeating at No. 5 this time around with their second album Doll Domination. Supported by production and co-writing help from mega hit maker Timbaland and led by group songstress Nicole Scherzinger, the band aims to break the sophomore jinx with popular singles “When I Grow Up” and “Whatcha Think About That.” The album has debuted with 73,950 copies out the door.
Surprisingly R&B newcomer Jazmine Sullivan had none of the freshman jitters as her debut Fearless took hold of the No. 6 spot. Grabbing the attention of listeners with her likeliness to former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill, the 21 year-old takes advantage of being the protégée of hip-hop superstar Missy Elliot as her hit single “Need U Bad” has reached the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Sullivan’s debut disc has sold a total of 65,540 units.
Grammy-nominated singer Joe Thomas, formerly known as Joe, has made a return to store shelves with his seventh album Joe Thomas, New Man opening up at No. 8 on this week’s charts. Reminding fans he’s still got it, the smooth singer worked alongside Bryan-Michael Cox, Polow Da Don, and Stereotypes who got behind the boards for the latest single “Why Just Be Friends.” Joe’s new album pushed 54,136 units in its opening week.
With the economy being in a grim crisis, Young Jeezy is showing signs of slowing down as The Recession dropped three spots to No. 9 selling 40,480 units. For his third Def Jam solo release, the trap star placed popular producers behind the boards including DJ Toomp, Don Cannon and The Inkredibles who are responsible for his latest single “Vacation.” After four weeks in stores, the album is nearing gold status with a total of 450,860 units sold.
Falling out of the Top 10 for the first time since dropping in early June Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter 3 has slipped two spots to No. 11. Following the announcement of his upcoming documentary The Nino Brown Story, Weezy sold 35,560 discs. Despite the fall Weezy continues to take over airwaves with the help of Bobby Valentino-assisted “Mrs. Officer.” The self-proclaimed “Greatest Rapper Alive” has sold a total of 2,488,670 in 16 weeks.
Able to avoid jail time this week for his infamous funeral brawl, The Game couldn’t prevent a fall out of the top ten. The Black Wall Street leader fell to No. 14 as his L.A.X. sold 29,240 units. Game’s new album offers hip-hop fans a heavy group of varied artists including DMX, Ne-Yo, Common, Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, Bilal and others. His third album is inching closer to gold status with 447,880 units sold after five weeks in stores.
R&B diva Rihanna dropped one spot to No. 15 as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad sold 27,480 albums this week. The singer’s newly updated version offers fans three additional tracks on top of hits including the Grammy award winning single “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z plus the latest gem “Take A Bow.” Her third Def Jam release has sold 1,839,510 units after 69 weeks on the charts.
Despite making his highly anticipated return to stores shelves with Brass Knuckles, Nelly has failed to re-gain the success of his previous platinum-selling albums. He dropped to No. 19 on the shelves selling 25,560 units. 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. His latest effort has sold a total of 109,560 units to date.
Known for popularizing the saying “We Tha Best,” DJ Khaled has already dropped 21 spots landing at No. 28 with his third album We Global selling 18,055 units going in to its’ second week in stores. The LP features the usual Florida-based cast including T-Pain, Rick Ross, Plies, Trick Daddy, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Ace Hood plus New York rappers Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Nas and Fabolous. The disc has sold a total of 67,630 copies to date.
British soul singer Leona Lewis, who continues to sell past the million mark has fallen nine spots to No. 30 with her debut album Spirit moving 17,020 discs this week. After 25 weeks in stores, Lewis has sold a total of 1,125,140 records.
Taking a huge dip this week was R&B singer Raphael Saadiq with The Way I See It dropping 22 spots landing at No. 41 on the charts with 12,260 units sold. The fourth solo album by the musician and vocalist features an interesting guest line-up including Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z and Joss Stone. After 14 days on shelves, the album has moved 35,890 copies.
Grammy-nominated singer Eric Benet fell 16 spots with Love & Life coming in at the No. 42 spot on the charts with 12,110 copies sold. Former husband to movie star Halle Berry, Benet’s 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 three weeks on the charts, the album sits at 71,050.
Houston bred rapper Z-Ro debuted his album Crack landing at No. 48 after seven days in stores. The disc, which sold a total of 10,466 units in its opening week features locals Slim Thug and Paul Wall plus R&B vixen Mya.
Check back next week when hip-hop and R&B compete on the charts with new releases from T.I., Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Dem Franchize Boyz, Big Kuntry King, Large Professor, Heltah Skeltah, Termanology and more.
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