While no hip-hop or R&B releases this week managed to crack the top 10 of the Billboard 200, Alicia Keys continues to go on strong.
Keys’ latest offering, As I Am, held the no. 2 spot for the second week in a row, selling 292,300 more copies, putting her right above 1.8 million total sales as she closes in on the double platinum mark.
Later down the line and with the highest debut this week is Bow Wow and Omarion’s collaborative effort, Face Off, which opnes at no. 11 with just 107,000 sold, despite having the teen music audience on lock.
Following behind Bow Wow and O is another teen sensation in Chris Brown’s whose album Exclusive checked in at no. 12 in its sixth week out, selling 106,500 copies putting him just under 800,000 sold to date.
Birdman’s new album, 5* Stunna, bows at no. 18 with 86,000 sold.
Other debuts this week includes Mario’s third album, Go!, sold 77,000 copies and opened at no. 21; the Wu-Tang Clan’s long awaited comeback album 8 Diagrams opened at no. 26, pushing 68,000; The Dream’s Love/Hate sold 58,900 copies putting him at no. 30; Beanie Sigel’s The Solution sold 49,300 units, putting him at no. 37; and Gucci Mane’s Back To The Traphouse opened at no. 57 with 31,700 copies sold.
According to Billboard.com, sales this week (17.98 million units) are down 23.1% compared to the same week last year (23.39 million). This week’s sum is up 24.4% from last week’s.