American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson took this week’s #1 spot with her RCA Records release All I Ever Wanted. The Pop star had some debut company. Sandwiched between U2‘s No Line On The Horizon, fresh R&B faces The-Dream and J. Holiday [click to read] premiered with their Love Vs. Money [click to read] and Round 2 respectively. Between Def Jam‘s hit-making songwriter, producer and performer and Capitol‘s flagship R&B artist, was roughly 100,000 units, despite a simple two spots.

Although not at the top of the pack this week Jamie Foxx [click to read] and Beyonce remained neck-and-neck. Intuition [click to read] trailed I Am…Sasha Fierce [click to read] by just over 1,000 units.

T.I.‘s [click to read] Paper Trail [click to read] topped Kanye West‘s 808’s & Heartbreak [click to read] in a race decided by less than a 1,000 units for Top 10 status. Keyshia Cole remained strong another week with her A Different Me [click to read].

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
2 The-Dream Love Vs. Money
151,242 141,463
4 J. Holiday Round 2 55,373 55,398
8 Beyonce I Am…Sasha Fierce 28,192 1,977,158
9 Jamie Foxx Intuition 26,980 740,877
13 T.I. Paper Trail 23,302 1,796,022


Brother Ali‘s [click to read] debut week of EP+DVD package The Truth Is Here [click to read] found the Rhymesayers veteran in the Top 200, at #119. K’naan‘s [click to readTroubador [click to read] also made the cut, for a third consecutive week, at #146. Project Pat‘s [click to read] first Asylum Records release, Real Recognize Real [click to read] also made a third go, fallinga t #164. Joe Budden‘s [click to read] Padded Room [click to read] did not make the Top 200 this week.

Lil Wayne [click to read] sold just over 12,000 copies of Tha Carter III [click to read], placing him at #41 this past week, 10 spots lower than last week. Meanwhile, Bad Boy RecordsNotorious Soundtrack [click to read] closed out the urban showing on the Top 200 at #177.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
41 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III 12,174 3,070,643
119 Brother Ali The Truth Is Here 4,825 4,861
146 K’naan Troubador 3,885 25,532
164 Project Pat Real Recognize Real 3,252 16,523
177 Various Artists Notorious Soundtrack 2,944 124,490

Can The-Dream contend with Beyonce and Jamie Foxx in long term runs? Will Gorilla Zoe, Saigon or Capone-N-Noreaga make a stand? Stay tuned to HipHopDX.