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 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.