The Numbers Game: Mary J. Blige & Young Money

Starting off this week is the “Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul” Mary J. Blige. Her 9th album Stronger With Each Tear lands at #2 and scans over 330,000 units. I also think this is the first album under her new Matriarch Records imprint (I could be wrong though). Good numbers for Mary. I really don’t think the alleged club slapping/punching incident hurt or helped either way. As for the music, I only heard the bonus track with Jazmine Sullivan and that shit was good.

At least 140,000+ people were saying “Young Moolah baby!” last week (Well, with their wallets). I think the debut album from Young Money did pretty well. It could have done better if it was packaged with Rebirth as originally planned but it’s still a win for Weezy crew. This may be a good sign for Drake and Nicki Minaj for next year. We Are Money debuts at #9.

Other thoughts:
*7 (New & Old) Eminem songs are worth 127,000 albums.
*Is Gucci Mane’s album a failure? (173,000 after 3 weeks)
*Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 is approaching 1.5 million.

And now the numbers…

#2 Mary J. Blige/Stronger With Each Tear (Last Week: NA) – 332,000; Total: NA [Debut]
#4 Alicia Keys/The Element Of Freedom (Last Week: #2) – 280,000; Total: 699,000 (Gold) [2 Weeks}
#9 Young Money/We Are Young Money (Last Week: NA) – 142,100; Total: NA [Debut]
#11 Eminem/Relapse: Refill (Last Week: #94) – 127,600; Total: 1,694,500 (Platinum) [32 Weeks]
#13 Michael Jackson/This Is It [OST] (Last Week: #12) – 109,000; Total: 1,262,000 (Platinum) [9 Weeks]
#15 The Black Eyed Peas/The E.N.D. (Last Week: #18) – 104,000; Total: 1,740,000 (Platinum) [29 Weeks]
#32 Jay-Z/The Blueprint 3 (Last Week: #45) – 59,000; Total: 1,490,000 (Platinum) [16 Weeks]
#39 Gucci Mane/The State Vs. Radric Davis (Last Week: #41) – 42,000; Total: 173,000 [3 Weeks]