The Numbers Game: Jay-Z Still #1 + Kid Cudi, Drake, Lil Boosie Debut In Top 10

I guess we can stop bitching about the lack of Hip-Hop album releases (Well, at least for this week), because we have 7 Hip-Hop debuts on the charts this week. Yeah. I can’t even do any rambling in this intro. Let’s just get to the numbers….

I’m most happy for Kid Cudi this week as his Man On The Moon: The End Of Day moves over a 100,000 units and lands at #4. For a new artist; especially a new Hip-Hop artist, this is great. With all the hype surrounding releases by Jay-Z and Raekwon the prior week, it’s good to see Kid Cudi still rewarded for putting out a good album. [You can read H20’s review of Cudi’s Man On The Moon here]

Drizzy Drake finally makes his official debut on the charts with his career defining So Far Gone. I previously stated what I felt the retail release of this album, but I guess I now see that selling 70,000 copies of a mixtape that came out for free in the beginning of this year is easy money. This does tell me that Drake has the ability to do some major numbers when Thank Me Later comes out next year. [It’s over 8 months old, but you can still read V-G’s original review of the So Far Gone mixape here]

I honestly thought Lil’ Boosie‘s 2nd studio album Superbad: The Return Of Boosie Bad Azz would do better numbers. Not to say that coming in at #7 is a bad thing, but with the way the leak was handled (Jay-Z should take notes) and Bad Azz’s following, I figured his fans would support better. But this may be smalls potatoes to what Boosie is dealing with right now. [V-G comes through again. Check out his review of Superbad here]

T-Double-D returns to the charts and keeps it thug with his 8th album Finally Famous: Born A Thug, Still A Thug. This album may not grab another plaque for Trick Daddy (Surprisingly he has 6; mostly Platinum); but it’s the first one on his own label Dunk Ryders Records. I guess it’s still a win for the 305. [King Jerm gives Trick his props in his review for Finally Famous here]

Wow. New Boyz almost sold 10,000 albums with their new album Skinny Jeanz And A Mic. Um, I really don’t have too much else to say about this. Maybe I’m too old to “jerk”. [V-G has been on fire recently! He also reviewed Skinny Jeanz And A Mic…even though we didn’t ask him too. Look at that here]

KRS-One & Buckshot collaborative effort Survival Skills lands on the charts at #62. Hey, it could have been worse; M.O.P.‘s new album Foundation, that didn’t even chart this week. Seeing that the last few releases by both KRS and Buckshot didn’t do this well, 8,600 is sales could be much worse. [Saule Wright schools you youngster with his Survival Skills review here and I draw the short straw on M.O.P.’s Foundation review…here]

The only album we didn’t review this week was Q-Tip‘s de-shelved Kamaal The Abstract. You see, we try not to/usually don’t review mixtape, compilations, or re-releases and this album (Which was suppose to come out in 2002) has us confused on what we should do. But hey, what do we know? B-Double (aka Your Favorite White Boy) gives you reasons why you should have already bought that album at his home turf.

And lastly, Jay-Z stays strong at the #1 spot and sells almost 300,000 copies of The Blueprint 3. Can I mention this without being called a stan? Did you also notice that his wife’s album jumped up 15 spots after the Kanye/VMA/Taylor Swift incident? Coincidence? I think not.

#1 Jay-Z/The Blueprint 3 (Last Week: #1) – 297,900; Total: 774,000 (Gold) [2 Weeks]
#2 Whitney Houston/I Look To You (Last Week: #3) – 155,600; Total: 554,500 (Gold) [3 weeks]
#4 Kid Cudi/Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (Last Week: NA) – 104,300; Total: NA [Debut]
#6 Drake/So Far Gone (Last Week: NA) – 73,600; Total: NA [Debut]
#7 Lil’ Boosie/Superbad: The Return Of Boosie Bad Azz (Last Week: NA) – 48,900; Total: NA [Debut]
#10 Black Eyed Peas/The E.N.D. (Last Week: #7) – 40,200; Total: 1,111,300 (Platinum) [15 Weeks]
#14 Trey Songz/Ready (Last Week: #6) – 26,800; Total: 204,700 [3 Weeks]
#21 Maxwell/BLACKsummers’night (Last Week: #17) – 21,400; Total: 762,000 (Gold) [11 Weeks]
#22 Raekwon/Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… PT II (Last Week: #4) – 21,300; Total: 89,200 [2 Weeks]
#31 Eminem/Relapse (Last Week: #32) – 13,900; Total: 1,438,500 (Platinum) [18 Weeks]
#34 Trick Daddy/Finally Famous: Born A Thug, Still A Thug (Last Week: NA) – 13,300; Total: NA [Debut]
#36 Pitbull/Rebelution (Last Week: #24) – 13,000; Total: 72,100 [3 Weeks]
#40 Beyonce/I Am…Sasha Fierce (Last Week: #55) – 12,900; Total: 2,413,700 (2x Platinum) [44 Weeks]
#56 New Boyz/Skinny Jeanz And A Mic (Last Week: NA) – 9,800; Total: NA [Debut]
#62 KRS-One & Buckshot/Survival Skills (Last Week: NA) – 8,600; Total: NA [Debut]
#77 Q-Tip/Kamaal The Abstract (Last Week: NA) – 6,500; Total: NA [Debut]
#NA M.O.P./Foundation (Last Week: NA) – 2,100; Total: NA [Debut]