Queen Latifah Fails to E.N.D. Black Eyed Peas’s Reign on the Charts

Queen Latifah may have made her hip-hop return, but fails to top the Billboard 200 in her debut week.

Latifah’s seventh LP, Persona, took no. 25 on the charts this week. Anchored by Cool & Dre’s production, the album sold 18,400 units. Other hip-hop debuts fared much worse this week—Hypnotize Minds affiliate Lil Wyte made his premiere at no. 104 with 4,900 copies of The Bad Influence, while Lil Ru’s 21 & Up failed to chart at all with its 1,500 in sales.

After a dozen weeks on the charts, the Black Eyed Peas continue to lead the rap pack with The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), taking the no. 8 slot. On the brink of a platinum plaque, the foursome pull in another 35,600 in sales this week, bringing it’s total to 994,000.

Eminem holds tight with Relapse, holding down this week’s no. 28 spot. With 16,000 more units sold, The Detroit lyricist’s fifth solo LP tallies a total 1,395,600 after 15 weeks.

Fabolous trails closely behind, adding 14,700 in sales. Loso’s Way is way down on the charts, tumbling 13 slots since last week to bag the no. 32 slot.

On the R&B side, former Destiny’s Child songbird Letoya makes her Billboard 200 debut at no. 12, ringing up 32,900 copies of her Lady Love. Meanwhile, Maxwell continues to shine with BLACKsummers’night, locking down the no. 17 slot with 27,000 albums moved this week. The album has sold a total of 688,300 copies to date. Closing out at no. 38, Ledisi’s Turn Me Loose moved 12,200, to bring the two-week total to 39,400.

Look out for Pitbull, Trey Songz and Whitney Houston to make their marks when their new albums chart next week. –John Kennedy

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Hip Hop doesn’t sell anymore.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      My bad.

      We were forced to look @ Lil Ru’s flick for days on end & this dude had a major label backing, although I don’t know how, and still couldn’t sell 2,000 units. And that’s probably his peak sales.

      Do I need to say my slogan about mainstream rap again?

      • Enlightened

        Who the fuck is Lil’ Ru?
        I come on here everyday and I don’t remember seeing his ad.
        Have my eyes trained themselves to skip over shit?

    • 313Dawg

      For whatever reason I dont view this as being a bad thing right now….I could be dead wrong (or just plain stupid) but maybe it will weed all the trash thats been flooding the culture for the last 10 years? Maybe all these pretenders will vanish and get real jobs!!?? Maybe these labels will start signing real talent in the hopes that they may get paid in the long run!!?? Maybe they will actually get back to actually DEVELOPING talent again instead of trying to jump on the next fade?? Maybe…

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Damn Lil Ru ain’t sell barely nothing…I bet thats just sales in his region too. BEP still killing it too WTF?

  • DUDE

    HIP HOP IS DEAD….GOOD LUCK 2 YOU WANNA BE RAPPERS,,,,

  • BeerGangsta

    I am going to say BEP Platium! Latifah has lost a lot of her old school Woman fans. Fans are Jerks! They don’t know what the hell they won’t to Listen to.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

    Maxwell’s album is amazing i sware i can make magic with my ol lady when i’m playin this joint no skippers on the whole cd. So tell me what the fuck does an artist have to do in order to get a XXL rating n yall mag because on the r&b side Maxwell’s joint deserved XXL status. I think y’all are just 2 fuckin stuck up on urselves snubbing alot of good music as of late including Fabolous latest joint. That’s fucked up y’all gave him all that praise talkin bout his noteworthy acomplishments, then turn around in the next issue and give him an L.

  • DownSouth

    I think in order to sell good, you have to sound like no one else, know how to be mainstream and underground at the same time, have really good beats, and an alluring image. Look at the last cats selling madd records:

    Kanye
    Eminem
    T.I.
    Lil Wayne

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • k.ing

    i feel u…

    but you should have said…

    5o

    jay z

    kayne

    T.I

    wayne

    and every nigga i mentionlast album went plat….

    where u at Rawse???? still stuck at 37o k…

    now how many flops have def jam did this year…

    From rawse to lil ru know one has went gold… LMAO

  • latino heat

    is Lil RU a rapper or singer? i don’t think anybody’s heard of him. less than 2000 copies on a major is terrible. say goodbye to the Def Jam building RU it’s a wrap.

  • Tumi

    Who de FUCK is supportin BEP? Surely it’s not hip hop fans cos we won’t listen to boom boom pow since it’s not lyrical. Slim stil holdin down, dt’s Gud 4 hip hop. I expected fabo to do dis… I expect Whitney to top de chart next week

  • stoneyisland

    latifah’s album is her worst, it absolutely and abortion of an album. ledisi new album is the shit, sista i on some smooth R&B shit.

  • Nehemiah

    I neva hear the Queens’ album but id rather listen to her than Wack Eyed fleas anytime. I used to listen to them before the white girl but ever since them i aint bought one album or downloaded shit from them! LOL Will.i.am is a good producer though

  • Tumi

    The thing is de only reason people stil buy BEP is cos of de Fergie. I don’t understand de fuss bout them. FUCK BEP. Seems like Jay wil topple them from de hip hop best week seller in 2 weeks

  • re-yo

    LOL @ still using Lil’ in your name….

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  • http://www.google.com Stimoroller

    Cosign that re-yo erryone seems to be ridin on that lil before the name shit.

  • http://WWW.MAJORMUVS.COM *BLOCK*

    BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    LIL RU IS A LOCAL ARTIST FROM WHERE I AM….BASICALLY ITS PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT HIM BUT MOST OF THE PEOPLE HERE DONT LIKE HIM FOR NUMEROUS REASONS….HIS CAMP HE STARTED WITH AND HELPED HIM GET OUT THERE GOT THE COLD SHOULDER ONCE HE GOT SIGNED SO…..THE ALBUM AINT GOOD REALLY BUT THERE ARE 1 OR 2 LISTENABLE SONGS