Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 10/28/07

Hip Hop still can't make a dent in the top 20 as Little Brother debuts, Common's tries to find Gold, and Kanye is still the top selling hip hop album.

This week, Hip Hop continues its general decline on the charts.  With the emergence of debuting albums from country sensation/ American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, Plant Krauss, and Gary Allan taking the top spots, the highest ranking of any rap artist is Kanye West at #16 (a seven spot fall from last week).  Graduation sold 43k this week (1.58M total).

Soulja Boy Tell Em still maintains a top twenty position at #18 with souljaboytellem.com which sold 35k (235k total), while Keyshia Cole's Just Like You holds the #19 spot selling 32k (505k total). Jill Scott's Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol 3 falls from #15 to #23 this week selling 27k (308k total).

Hurricane Chris (of "Ay Bay Bay" fame) debuted 5150 Ratchet at #24 selling 26k, as rapper/producer powerhouse Timbaland is the only Hip Hop artist to move up in the charts (from #27 to #25).  Timbaland Presents Shock Value sold 25k (786k total).

50 Cent's Curtis album falls from #21 to #30 selling 24k (1.05M), while J. Holiday slid from #16 to #34.  The R&B crooner's Back of My Lac album sold 22k (199k total).  With worse misfortune, Angie Stone's Art of Love and War (which debuted last week at #11) has nosedived to #46 this week selling 16k (61k total).

In its fourth week on the charts, Trey Songz's Trey Day is at #65 selling 13k (127k total), as Common's Finding Forever holds the #71 spot for the second week in a row with 11k units sold (428k total).

With an all-around slow sales week in Hip Hop, North Carolina natives Little Brother debuted their highly anticipated album (considered by many to have classic material ), The Getback, at #89 this week with just under 10k sold.  Texan rapper Trae  (who is 1/2 of Screwed Up Click) debuted Life Goes On at #104 with 7.5k sold.


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