One week before the inevitable Grammy push, hip-hop’s presence was severely lacking on the Billboard 200 sales chart, released today (February 3).
The Hope for Haiti Now album, which features tracks from such hip-hop artists as Jay-Z and Wyclef Jean, dropped one slot to No. 2 this week. The benefit compilation, whose proceeds will go to charities to help the earthquake struck Haiti, sold 142,900 units in its second week on the charts. The digital-only release’s overall downloads stand at 313,900, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Black Eyed Peas managed to hold onto their spot on the top 10, sliding down one slot from No. 9. Fans copped 39,600 copies of The E.N.D. this go-round, bringing the group’s 34-week tally to 1,929,400.
Young Money fell five seats to No. 28 this sales cycle, selling 19,300 copies of their debut. After six weeks on the charts, We Are Young Money has a grand total of 270,400 units sold.
Next week look for Lil Wayne’s Rebirth album to make an impact on the Billboard 200. —Max G