Royce Da 5’ 9” Hops on the Charts
Detroit lyricist Royce Da 5’ 9” debuted at no. 111 on The Billboard 200 this week with his third solo album, Street Hop.
For the disc, Royce recruited Bun B, Busta Rhymes and Phonte of Little Brother, in addition to his Slaughterhouse partners-in-rhyme. Street Hop managed to sell 4,600 copies in its first week.
Jay-Z continued to lead the rap pack at the top of the charts. The Brooklyn rap legend’s latest, The Blueprint 3, fell one spot to no. 4 this week, moving 42,800 units. Since its release seven weeks ago, BP3 has sold a total of 1,159,300 discs.
Black Eyed Peas held tight at no. 6 this go ’round. The E.N.D. added 35,200 to its overall tally of 1,269,800.
T. Dot upstart Drake climbed four sports to no. 23 this week with his So Far Gone EP. In six weeks fans copped 197,300 copies of the CD, with 17,300 being sold in the last sales cycle alone. Surprisingly the Young Money rapper has a higher overall sales figure than fellow rookie Kid Cudi. The Cleveland MC’s disc Man on the Moon: The End of Day, which landed at no. 61 this week, has moved 183,300 units in the same period of time.
Next week look for Rick Ross’ Triple C’s album to appear on The Billboard 200. —Elan Mancini