Hip-hop loses it’s firm grip on the Billboard 200’s top 10 this week as Ghostface Killah’s new disc fails to move big units and Jay-Z slides to no. 6.
Despite selling 88,600 discs, Hov’s The Blueprint 3 was outshined by Barbara Streisand and Paramore’s first week numbers. After a month on the charts Jiggaman is a hair away from going platinum, with his overall stats standing at 996,700.
Falling from the no. 9 spot to no. 20 is So Far Gone, the abbreviated, retail version of Drake’s popular mixtape from earlier this year. The EP managed to push 31,500 units this week, making Drizzy’s three week total 141,200.
Two spots down at no. 22 is The E.N.D. by the Black Eyed Peas. Fans picked up 29,200 copies of the group’s latest disc this sales cycle, bringing their grand total to 1,169,500.
Tony Starks’ new LP, Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City, debuted at no. 28. The revered Wu-Tang MC sold 19,200 discs in his first week.
At no. 31 is Kid Cudi, down 14 spots from last week. Man on the Moon: The End of Day sold 18,300 CDs this go-round, making his three week tally stand at 150,900.
Many debuts landed outside the top 40 this week. Atlanta duo Playaz Circle debuted at no. 74. Over 7,900 copies of their sophomore disc Flight 36: The Takeoff flew off the shelves this week. Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo landed at no. 126 with 4,500 in sales of his Duck Down disc Salvation and Mack 10’s Soft White sold 3,800 units of his new CD, coming it at no. 141.
Next week look for Fat Joe, Joe Budden, Saigon Jim Jones and Webstar to impact the charts. –Elan Mancini