After weeks of being stuck in a rut, Hip Hop bursts back to the top of the charts thanks to a guy by the name of Sean Carter – you may know him better as Jay-Z. American Gangster romped its way to the #1 spot by nearly going gold and pushing just over 425k copies in its first week. This also ties Hov with Elvis Presley for #1 albums with ten and puts him only behind the Beatles in that regard.

Elsewhere, teen sensation, Chris Brown, made some noise with Exclusive as it lands at the #4 spot with 295k sold. Although all eyes were on Jay-Z, Cassidy had a strong showing with B.A.R.S sitting pretty at #10 with 63k sold in its first week. Kanye West finally drops out of the top 25 as Graduation sells 31k to place him at #26 and continues to creep toward double platinum. NasGreatest Hits album barely makes a peep on the charts as it debuts at #124 with only 6800 copies sold.

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

Rank       Artist                   Album                         #’s Sold This Week        #’s Sold Total

1            JAY-Z          AMERICAN GANGSTER            424,959                        425,861

4       CHRIS BROWN      EXCLUSIVE                         294,498                        295,034

10          CASSIDY            B.A.R.S.                                  63,156                          63,323

21    KEYSHIA COLE    JUST LIKE YOU                        38,528                        577,994

25       SOULJA BOY     SOULJABOYTELLEM.COM       32,396                        301,447

Other Notables…

Rank       Artist                    Album                         #’s Sold This Week       #’s Sold Total

26    KANYE WEST    GRADUATION                              31,636                       1,644,201

49    50 CENT                    CURTIS                                17,482                       1,086,910

79    PLAYAZ CIRCLE    SUPPLY & DEMAND               11,261                            37,529

107  HURRICANE CHRIS    5150 RATCHET                 8,283                            47,867

124    NAS                    GREATEST HITS                         6,857                             6,882

–      LITTLE BROTHER    GETBACK                                 2,984                            17,086

Next Week…

Freeway and Cormega look to make some noise while Jay-Z tries to put a clamp on that #1 spot.