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Jadakiss Continues To Lead The Pack, Rappers Absent From Top 40

While Jadakiss continues to sit at the hip-hop throne on the Billboard 200, there are only four rap acts in the top 40 this week.

Last week Jada’s Def Jam debut, The Last Kiss, surprised everyone when it scored the no. 3 spot, selling 134,520 units after seven days on the shelves. The rapper told that everyone “underestimated him.” This go-around the Yonker’s MC took a predictable hit, falling 3 spots to no. 6, with fans scooping up 44,780 discs. After two weeks The Lox rapper has an overall number of 179,110 according to Nielsen’s SoundScan.

Label mate The-Dream appears 14 slots down at no. 20 with his sophomore album Love Vs. Money. The singer/songwriter moved an additional 12,220 copies of his disc this week, bringing his total sales figures to 314,450.

Following close behind at no. 21 is “Right Round” rapper Flo Rida with his latest album R.O.O.T.S. Fans purchased 18,780 CDs this week, making his three week tally stand at 105,880.

Underground Kings UGK slide 8 spots this week to no. 28 with their final group album UGK 4 Life. In their third week on the charts, the Southern vets pushed 14,810 discs out of stores, giving them a full sum of 117,470 discs sold.

Grand Hustle leader T.I. lands 4 spots down at no. 32 this week racking up an additional 13,130 in sales of his 6th solo album, Paper Trail. After 29 weeks on the charts Tip is coming closer to double platinum status, with 1,890,680 CDs sold.

Next week expect to see Miami Boss Rick Ross’ much hyped Deeper Than Rap and XXL Freshman Asher Roth’s Asleep in the Bread Aisle to ransack the Top 10. [Watch the XXL staff’s sales projections below]. –Elan Mancini

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