Hip-hop showed up in full force on iTunes’s 2009 Top Sellers list released earlier today (December 8).
Coming in at no. 1 for the highest selling song of the year was the Black Eyed Peas’ monster smash “Boom Boom Pow.” Flo Rida earned the no. 2 spit with “Right Round” the lead single from his sophomore project, R.O.O.T.S. T.I.’s hit “Dead and Gone” took the no. 9 seat beating out Soulja Boy’s ode to young love, “Kiss Me Thru the Phone,” at no. 12. Other rappers to make it onto the top songs list include Kanye West (“Heartless”), Pitbull (“I Know You Want Me”) and Kid Cudi (Day ‘N’ Night).
Meanwhile, Jay-Z scored the highest rank for hip-hop on iTunes’ Top Selling Albums list. The Blueprint 3 nabbed the no. 8 slot, with Eminen’s Relapse and B.E.P.’s The E.N.D. following at no. 9 and 10 respectively.
In the hip-hop/rap category, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II was named the best album of the year. Jay’s New York anthem “Empire State of Mind” was picked for best single and the best new artist honors went to Young Money rookie Drake. —Elan Mancini