Sade battled off Lady Antebellum for another week to maintain her #1 spot for a third week with Soldier Of Love. With more television appearances coming, the veteran Jazz/Soul vocalists is enjoying a comeback after nearly a decade hiatus. Her Epic Records project is also a celebrated success to the label who’s biggest enjoyment last year was a posthumous Michael Jackson compilation. The 51 year-old singer is likely to reach platinum by month’s end.

The Black Eyed Peas enjoyed their 38th week on the charts. The group fell one spot of their Interscope Records release The E.N.D. Already at double platinum, a new video “Imma Be Rocking That Body,” has, Fergie, Taboo and Apl.De.Ap staying as close to the top of the charts as they’ve been in months. will soon be working on Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond.

Lil Wayne‘s Rebirth slipped one spot too, as Wayne suggests that a video will surface within a month of his collaboration with Eminem for “Drop The World” . With radio support and Wayne remaining free indefinitely, Rebirth could have platinum potential. Alicia KeysElement Of Freedom fell out of the Top 10 last week. The platinum release was rivaled in week sales by Rihanna’s dark outcry, Rated R.

* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandeth.

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

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
1 Sade Soldier Of Love
127,000 820,000
4 Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
50,000 2,181,000
6 Lil Wayne Rebirth 38,000 361,000
13 Alicia Keys Element of Freedom
24,000 1,102,000
14 Rihanna Rated R
24,000 688,000

Jay-Z‘s Blueprint 3 and Eminem’s Relapse remain cemented on the Top 200, with 25 and 41 weeks on the chart respectively. Jay-Z already began speaking about his next album, reportedly his first with Sony Records, two weeks ago.

50 Cent‘s Before I Self Destruct has crossed the 400,000 mark and heads towards platinum in what appears to be his final Interscope album after a tremendous eight year run. Close behind, Drake hopes to take his debut EP, So Far Gone to 400,000 next week, which remains groundbreaking for an album that few people are recognizing as “official,” based on its free download beginnings.

Freeway & Jake One‘s The Stimulus Package fell nearly 100 places between its debut and sophomore week. Free’s first “official” independent album, this on the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label was supported with a whole album’s worth of production from Seattle’s most prolific producer, Jake One. The album features guest appearances from Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Raekwon and Freeway’s latest label employer, Birdman. More videos from the project are expected soon, though radio has not embraced the independent project.

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
37 Jay-Z Blueprint 3
13,000 1,645,000
52 Eminem Relapse
11,000 1,864,000
63 50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
8,400 411,100
78 Drake So Far Gone
7,100 394,000
158 Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package
3,500 13,000

Will DJ Khaled claim Victory on the charts like his first two albums? Will Rap fans support Raheem DeVaughn? Stay tuned to next week at HipHopDX.