Talib Kweli Robbed by High School Musical 2, Outsells Swizz Beatz on Billboard Chart

talib-kweli1.jpgTalib Kweli would have had the No. 1 album in the country this week if not for the commercial juggernaut that is High School Musical 2. Kweli rang up a respectable 60,000 units of his new album Ear Drum and will take No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. Unfortunately, the HSM2 soundtrack managed to add another 367 thousand in its second week in stores and will once again reign over Billboard for at least another week. But Kweli does walk away with bragging rights over producer Swizz Beatz, who scanned only 45,000 copies of his solo LP, One Man Band Man, landing inside the Top 10 at No. 7. Elsewhere on the charts this week, UGK’s album Underground Kingz moves down four slots to No. 10. The duo added another 35,000 units, totaling just under 256,00 copies sold in less than a month. Common’s Finding Forever also slides a few spots this week, moving from No. 10 down to No. 15 with another 30,000 discs sold.

  • awdsa

    yeah

  • Trev-O-Negative

    Talib put out kweli-ty material and it’z good 2 see dat he did chart @ #2.Even better i’m glad 2 see common is continuein’ 2 move unitz.If i say so myself i think real rap is tryin’ 2 make a comeback.And i been ridin’ with com and talib 4 a long time,so all i can say is keep up da g.o.o.d. work.pun inteended.

  • Rockcity

    I didnt even know Kweli’s album even came out, i been seeing swiss shit all over T.V. tho. I guess congrats to both of them for. . . nevermind.

  • Trev-O-Negative

    by da way 1st bitchez,lol!!!!

  • At least you aint yelling 1st

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  • BirdsFlySouth

    I didn’t even know he dropped. Has anybody heard the album? Is it good? And don’t give him a pass just b/c

  • iky da 1

    First ha

    Fuck High school musical you can sell any shit to kids and it sells

  • tito

    damn what happen to that dude Plies album?

  • matt

    i heard swizzys album and it is crazy,go get it, u wont be dissapointed..

  • papito grande

    Talib @ #2, wow that’s big, good guy good musik, swizzy @ #7, big suprise, he shoulda dropped in april/may when its me bitches was still hot, I betting he won’t go gold

  • fred

    MEN LIE WOMEN LIE NUMBERS DONT!NOW CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKIN ABOUT TALIB KWELI HES GARBAGE!60K SOLD NUFF SAID!EVEN WITH JUSTIN TIMBERFAKE ON HIS ALBUM

  • gkid12345

    I’m sorry but hiphop sales are disgusting. When someone can debut at #2 on the chart selling 60k and its considered an “accomplishment” thats sad. Curtis and Kanye will make up for 2006 and 2007′s disgusting sales of hiphop.

  • Nate

    This is His best album. Unless you think Reflections Eternal is better. But objectively speaking having heard them all- it’s Talib’s best so far- like it or not.

    Equating his sales to rap artists sales 6-7 years ago cannot justify album quality arguements.
    If you listen to this it’s his best thus far.

  • grapes

    Here come, Talib Kweli bangin’ on ya eardrums. Sadly, it’s with poor sales. I know CDs will never sell like they did, so whatever. Fred should shut the fuck up, because he took that line from Jay-Z who REALLY respex Talib. He even has a line in “Moment of Clarity”, which is a sick song by the way. The only Jay song I really like.

  • Fixda

    Yeah the new Kweli album is dope, but still reflection eternal is better…And it’s sad that he has only sold 60k. I thought he could beat 100k!In a strict artistic way he would deserve a lot more, this rap bizz is unfair.At least I hope it will shut swizzy’s mouth definitely!LOL!

  • dlockz

    I love how somebody put him down because his album only sold 60,000 copies. I dont really care how many albums 50 cent sells just shows that some people will buy garbage, hell pick up Tpain’s album while you are at it. Kweli talent and album blows away anything that weak azz 50 cent ever did.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Big ups to both them niggaz makin money, quit hatin and support!!!!

  • http://www.macneilbmx.com luc

    I can’t find that cd at any of the stores around here its pissing me off I got swizz beatz and that’s the shit. I want eardrum bad

  • Stonyman

    The Talib album is damn good. If you haven’t listened to it you should. It won’t sell big because because he doesn’t make club music. If you wanna listen to real hip-hop get the album. Better then finding forever and his best album thus far.

  • dlockz

    The only thing I hate about either of the guys I mentioned is that they have no skillz. Hell High School Musical is making money should you go out and buy a copy as props at thier ability to sell records. I don’t support stuff that I am diametricaly opposed to and neither one of these guys is advancing the game they just basically making kiddie music with hard edged language to appear adult. The shame of it was Fifty was solid on his debut, but just has fallen all the way off now. Listen to some real hip hop and you might realize how wack these guys are.

  • http://rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    Talib’s new album is that fire, easily one of the top ten albums of the year so far. Swizz’s new shit is better than I thought it would be, but its pretty short.

  • CHRISTINA O.

    SWIZZ’S ALBUM IS CRAZY MAN! I SAW IT WAS NO. 1 FOR RAP & R&B CHARTS ON BILLBOARD.COM…IT’S SWIZZ B!TCHES!!!!! GO KILL HARDER WITH THE SOPHOMORE ALBUM MAN! I LOVE ONE MAND BAND!