If the holidays bring the masses to the record stores, it certainly showed in Lupe Fiasco's debut week of his sophomore disc Lupe Fiasco Presents: The Cool. Although the Chicago emcee's second effort charted at #15, it did sell an impressive 143,407 in the wake of mid-five-figure sales from Beanie Sigel, Freeway and Ghostface Killah.
It was the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul" Mary J Blige that bumped possible heiress to her throne Alicia Keys to #3. Blige's first week of new disc Growing Pains scanned an impressive 629,366 units last week. This moved Keys' As I Am to #3, selling 473,768 (2,350,013 total). The duo was topped by holiday favorite Josh Groban's Noel at 756,590 (3,524,566 total).
Other rap debut Chingy opened up at #84, selling 31,517 of his Hate It Or Love It Def Jam premier.
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
|2||Mary J Blige||Growing Pains||629,366||631,178|
|3||Alicia Keys||As I Am||473,768||2,350,013|
|15||Lupe Fiasco||The Cool||143,407||144,079|
|29||Bow Wow & Omarion||Face Off||83,473||190,619|