The-Dream Debuts High On The Charts, Kanye Continues To Trail T.I.

R&B singer/songwriter The-Dream debuted at the no. 2 spot this week on the Billboard 200 with his sophomore disc Love Vs. Money.

Featuring guest spots from Lil’ Jon, Mariah Carey and Kanye West, Love Vs. Money moved 151,240 copies off the shelves this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is a huge jump for the self-proclaimed “radio killer,” whose first album, 2007’s Love/Hate, only sold 59,000 discs in its first week.

Two spots down is fellow R&B crooner J. Holiday, who sneaks onto the charts with his second studio LP Round 2. While missing a smash single like 2007’s “Bed” – which coincidentally was penned by The-Dream –the Capitol release managed to scan 55,370 discs this week.

With only nine days before he is set to go behind bars, T.I. continues to stay relevant on the charts. Landing at the no. 13 position, Tip’s Paper Trail still maintains its lead over Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak. The ATLien added 23,300 CDs to his grand total, which now sits at 1,796,020.

Kanye, who may be collaborating with The-Dream for a full-length album similar to Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best of Both Worlds, dropped five spots on the charts this sales cycle. Falling to no. 16, 808s pushed 20,380 CDs out of the stores this week, bringing his overall tally to 1,428,870.

Slipping to the no. 31 position this go-around is hip-hop hook man extraordinaire Akon. Freedom, the singer’s third solo effort, sold 13,580 copies this week, bringing his tally to 554,130.

Debuting at no.119 is Minneapolis, Mn-based rhyme spitter Brother Ali. The underground favorite’s new EP, The Truth is Here, moved 4,830 CDs in its first week.

Next week look for new releases from Capone-N-Noreaga and Gorilla Zoe to make it onto the charts. – Elan Mancini

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  • The_Truth

    ***Props to The-Dream, CD well-worth actually buying. . .sets the mood when you got some pussy setup, too.

  • tony grand$

    The-Dream is going to be the only R&B album I’ll purchase this year. I just want to ask dude though, why the hell is there a dash in his name?

    • EmCDL

      I don’t know man that dude got an annoying ass voice…sounds like a high pitch police siren thru a soda can LOL

      But I guess its good for when you getting that pum pum…I may have to buy it just for that alone

      • Michelle S.

        LOL. Going to download some er… songs… & pay for them… now. LOL

    • Ron Mexico

      i’m a j. holliday fan. i’d get that one before i get hamburglar’s shit.

      • geico lizard

        Your right ron he looks like the Hamburglar/jazze pha if he went on nutri system. Dream wrote “bed” for j holiday so id probably buy the originator dream if the ladies requested it*download both just to be safe*.

      • EmCDL

        @ Ron


  • murK

    jazzy pha’s son did good

  • Mutada al sader the king

    I like Dream, he just rips off R-Kelly too much. Like 5 songs on the album sound like old R-Kelly songs.(I’ll get specific if anyone wants to argue) All and All, it was a good album though.

    • RDS

      He acknowledges this on the album, a song called “Kelly’s 12 Play”. I can think of any number of R&B singers who’d be a helluva lot worse than R. Kelly to bite…

      All in all, I dig the CD. My lady’s favorite is “Put It Down”, for obvious reasons ;-).


    Ron you look like a broke pebo bryson….

    With that said J holiday needs another dream written song…

    Next week look for gorilla zoe to flop!!!

  • fireforreal

    The Dream’s album is straight trash. His first one was good but this one just sounds rushed. Download it for free on it’s worth a blank cd that’s all


    I thought this was a hip-hop site

  • John Cochran

    I never heard his first one, but this one is alright to me. I only listened at first cause the misses was playin it, but it’s not bad. I was on the same shit as Ron with that J Holiday shit, which is good too, but I gotta be honest I got both and I listen to Dream more. It’s produced 3x better than J’s. And Rigid, if ther were some rap out there worth buying we would’nt be discussing dream.