Despite a long hiatus, Janet Jackson has championed the charts with Discipline selling 181k it its debut week. Neo-soul sensation Erykah Badu follows right after at #2 with 124k. This time around, Badu enlisted the help of underground Hip Hop staple producer Madlib for a few tracks off of the well-received album. Webbie is the first rapper in quite some time to put Hip Hop back in the top 5 on the charts. The debut of Savage Life-Vol 2 sold about 73k copies and earned him the #4 spot this week. With so many high-selling debuts, Alicia Keys has slipped to #5 with 57k units sold. Amy Winehouse continues to stand in the top 10 with 37k units this week. Looks like with the exception of Webbie, women have been ruling the charts in terms of Hip Hop and R&B. How fitting for Women’s History Month?
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
|2||Erykah Badu||New Amerykah||123,884||124,125|
|4||Webbie||Savage Life Vol2||72,497||72,807|
|5||Alicia Keys||As I Am||57,269||3,206,842|
|10||Amy Winehouse||Back to Black||37,507||1,738,226|
Shawty Lo‘s hit “Dey Know” wasn’t enough for him to crack the top 10 this week. Units In The City debuted with 31k, putting the rapper at #13. Lupe Fiasco‘s The Cool is still chipping away at that golden plaque with 17k sold this week (376k total) while with rumors swirling about a Dipset break-up, Jim Jones‘ Harlem’s American Gangster has nose dived from #19 to #63 with just under 25k sold. Pete Rock‘s highly anticipated NY’s Finest just barely makes it onto the Billboard top 200 with the #193 spot. The legendary producer sold almost 4k in his 1st week while Joe Budden‘s new effort Mood Muzik 3: The Album sold 1,100 units in its debut.
|13||Shawty Lo||Units in the City||31017||31168|
|32||Lupe Fiasco||The Cool||17362||376270|
|63||Jim Jones||Harlem’s American Gangster||11880||37008|
|193||Pete Rock||NY’s Finest||3806||3900|
|—||Joe Budden||Mood Muzik 3||1112||1159|
Webbie cracked the top 5 this week, but can new releases from from Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and Fat Joe follow suit? Stay tuned till next week…