Thursday, January 29, 2009

Album Sales (1/25/09)

via. Hip Hop Update.

Having held the number 1 spot for seven weeks prior to today's chart statistics, Taylor Swift has officially broken the record 50 Cent set in 2005. With his sophomore effort, 50's The Massacre was the previous record holder, after maintaining the top spot for six consecutive weeks. Swift was followed by Beyonce, whose I Am...Sasha Fierce continues to see solid sales numbers. Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole and Kanye West continue the weekly trend of trading spots within the top three. Meanwhile, the Notorious Soundtrack slips out of the overall top five rotation, but maintains in terms of Hip Hop/Rap and R&B albums.
R&B reigned supreme again, as Jamie Foxx and John Legend officially surpassed the 500,000 sales mark to earn gold plaques. Foxx was no doubt helped by the fact that no less than three versions of his "Blame it On" surfaced. And Kanye's former protégé, John Legend, can thank a halftime performance spot at the upcoming NBA All-Star competition for raising his already high profile.

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

2 Beyonce I Am...Sasha Fierce ...50,927 1,685,304

4 Kanye West 808's & Heartbreak ...39,234 1,224,108

6 Keyshia Cole A Different Me... 31,275 601,669

8 Jamie Foxx Intuition... 30,270 509,881

9 Various Artists Notorious Soundtrack... 28,989

In terms of mentors and proteges, Akon pulled off the trifecta. His own album, Freedom , ranks at number 17, while his Konvict Music artists Lady Gaga and T-Pain trail him at the number 20 and 55 spots respectively. Two of Hip Hop's respected veterans, Scarface and Q-Tip eclipsed the 100,000 mark this week. Both artists debuted to strong critical reviews, but have gotten little if any airplay on mainstream radio.
The Southern trio of Lil Wayne, T.I. and Ludacris continue to lead the way with Hip Hop's highest-selling albums. Wayne's Tha Carter III is slowly approaching 3 million units sold, while Tip's Paper Trail has just a shade over 1.6 million units sold. Luda follows, with his gold effort, Theater of the Mind.

Other Notables

29 NE-YO Year of the Gentleman... 14,966 842,105

42 Plies Da Realist... 12,104 229,512

76 Common Universal Mind Control... 6,966 190,149

180 E-40 Ball Street Journal ...2,796

188 Q-Tip Renaissance ...2,678 107,772

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