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Black Eyed Peas’s “Energy Never Dies” On The Charts

With no new rap albums released last week, there are no contenders to knock the Black Eyed Peas from their spot as the top hip-hop act on The Billboard 200.

True to the title of their latest disc, the Peas’s energy on the charts is everlasting, as the group has remained in the top 10 since hitting the shelves seven weeks ago. Despite dropping one spot to no. 6 this week, after holding down the no. 5 slot for three weeks straight, the Peas are still way ahead of the rest of the rap pack with 51,837 CDs sold this sales cycle. The E.N.D. has racked up an overall tally of 778,600 according to the Nielsen SoundScan.

Selling about half as many discs as the Peas this week is rap superstar Eminem. Fans of the Detroit lyricist bought 25,300 additional copies of Relapse this week landing Em at the no. 11 position. After 10 weeks Shady’s comeback album has sold a grand total of 1,295,200 units.

Eight spots down at no. 19 is Chicago rap veteran Twista. Category F5, the MC’s seventh solo studio record, failed to sustain the hype of its debut week, decreasing 58 percent in sales. Twista still managed to sell 18,800 copies this go-round, bringing his stats to 64,200.

On the R&B side, Maxwell is keeping the registers ringing in the no. 3 spot. The Brooklyn-bred crooner added 71,500 more notches to his total in his third week, which now stands at 493,500. The singer is sure to go gold in the next seven days.

After debuting at no. 7 last Wednesday (July 22), Joe dropped twenty spots this week with his new disc, Signature. The album sold 15,200 this time out, making its complete sales figures 64,300.

Def Jam newcomer Jeremih landed two spots below Joe at the no. 29 spot. The singer’s self-titled debut moved 14,400 units this week, bringing his four week total to 122,700.

Next week look for Fabolous’ latest album Loso’s Way to make an impact on the charts. –Elan Mancini

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