The official numbers are in and as expected Mr. Aubrey “Drake” Graham, has scored the top seat on The Billboard 200.
Drizzy’s long-awaited, highly anticipated debut LP, Thank Me Later, had many fans and critics speculating that he might be able to sell one million records in his first week. The industry insiders at hitsdailydouble.com projected the Toronto talent to do about half, but now the legitimate numbers have been tabulated. According to the Nielsen SoundScan, the Young Money artist has sold 447,700 units, the biggest introductory week numbers for a hip-hop artist of the year, so far.
Not surprisingly, another hip-hop act doesn’t show on the charts until No. 17. B.o.B.’s The Adventures of Bobby Ray takes that spot, after fans picked up an additional 19,800 copies of the album. Overall the ATLien has sold about 249,000 discs in 2 months.
Next up at No. 18 is Plies. The Fort Meyers, Florida rapper—who debuted at No. 5 last week—dropped 65 percent in sales this go-round. In week two his third album, Goon Affiliated, sold 19,800, bringing his total to 76,500.
One spot down at No. 19 is the unstoppable Black Eyed Peas with their latest disc, The E.N.D. The group usurped another 19,100 units to make their impressive 54-week tally now equal 2,609,000.
Nas and Damian Marley slipped seven spots this sales cycle to No. 38. The duo’s Distant Relatives project sold 11,400 units in the last week, making their complete stats stand at 124,600. And rounding out the top 40, at No. 40, is Ludacris. Battle of the Sexes inched a little bit closer to gold status as it’s total sales figures now equal 462,200, after 10,500 more copies flew out the stores last week.
Next week look for Eminem battle Drake for the top spot. —Elan Mancini