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Congratulations Eminem! Well Deserved! Marshall Mathers LP 2 is Em’s seventh #1 album, all consecutive and all debuts at #1 and it “posts a larger debut than his last album, 2010’s "Recovery", which started with 741,000.” Still quite impressive eh?! Shout out to everyone who supported by buying the album. Give yourselves a pat on the back!
Congratulations Drizzy for snagging that #1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts, like we all knew you would! What was up for debate however, was whether he would sell one million copies his first week and go platinum as Aubrey had proclaimed he would; several times. Industry insiders and the totally clueless weighed in, placing their beats, up until the last tracking day (September 29th). While he didn’t go platinum his first week, he did sell 658,000 copies; earning him Gold status! That’s a major success and shouldn’t be considered a flop in any way, shape or form! Did I think Drake was being a bit ambitious when he claimed platinum status first week? Well yes, I did. This is Drake we’re talking about though, why would he speak anything else?! He’s more than capable of doing so.
Bottomline, going Gold (500K+) first week is MAJOR! So, for that, I salute Drake and the entire OVO team! FYI the only album to sell more copies in a week this year isJustin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ selling 968,000 copies. #NWTS was Drakes best week ever, so far! #salute!
Nothing Was The Same is set to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and Industry sources speculate that he’ll sale 675,000 plus copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 29. According to Billboard, ‘it’s on a course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and easily debut at No. 1.’
Congrats Drizzy and good luck on first week sales! If you haven’t purchased the album already what are you waiting for?! Help him have an amazing first week! I’ll post the official sales on Wednesday! Woo hoo! xo @rozOonTheGo
Abel needed at least 3,000 more fans to support KISS LAND in order to take the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts! What a showdown! I’m a fan of both artists but I really wanted to see The Weeknd bring this one home. Keith Urban debuts at #1 with 'Fuse' selling a ‘rounded figure of 98,000’ and The Weeknd selling a ‘rounded figure of 96,000’ copies according to Nielsen Soundscan. Congratulations to you both!!
MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL DEBUTS AT #1! #SALUTE JAY-Z!
I’m not surprised, but MCHG debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 527,000 copies in its first week according ‘preliminary data from Nielsen Soundscan.’ And get this, it is the second-biggest sales week for a single album this year bypassing runner-up Daft Punk (Random Access Memories) which opened at 339,000 in May. So, who holds the #1 spot for biggest sales week? JT’s 20/20 Experience which sold 968,000 it’s first week!
That’s three consecutive weeks of rap albums taking over the charts with ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, 'Yeezus' (Kanye) and 'The Gifted'(Wale). Now back to HOV, MCHG is the hip-hop elites’ 13th number one album ‘extending his record for the most chart-toppers by a solo act in history! Since 1998 every album Jay released hit number one and MCHG marks the fourth album of his that sold more than half a MILLION it’s first week! Bravo my former boss man! Bravo!!
Congratulate the Jigga man on twitter! Brooklyn stand up! WE know Y’all are always in the building! Ha! xo @rozOonTheGo
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for LIL WAYNE. His latest release I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING II grabs the #2 spot on the Billboard charts selling 217,000 copies it’s first week! Weezy came in behind JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE who took the #1 spot with 318,000 copies sold of the 20/20 EXPERIENCE album!
Many called Tunes latest effort ‘experimental’ and not up to par. Well, 217K in first week sales isn’t too shabby with the recent decline in music sales over the past few years. The decline isn’t necessarily due to the caliber of music, instead the blame is piracy. In any case, I #salute those who still purchase music. I’m in the recording studio with these recording artists day in and day out. It’s their talent, it’s their love and they work hard to put out a good product. xo @rozOonTheGo
As Rihanna soaks in the success of “Unapologetic,” which, aspreviously reported, becomes her first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, bowing with 238,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, she maintains her No. 1 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with the set’s lead single, “Diamonds.”
Rihanna is just the second artist this year to lead both of Billboard’s signature album and song rankings simultaneously. Adele doubled up atop the tallies, respectively, the weeks of Feb. 4 and 11 with “21” (whichpasses 10 million in sales this week, according to SoundScan) and the set’s third Hot 100 No. 1, “Set Fire to the Rain.”
So by now you all have heard about the impressive Number 1 (Red) Billboard 200 Chart debut by Miss TAYLOR SWIFT and the GREAT Number 2 (GKMC) debut by rapper KENDRICK LAMAR. Both artists gave me hope for my Industry of Music! First, Taylor moved 1.208 million copies of ‘Red’ it’s first week according to Nielsen Soundscan. This is the largest sales week for an album since EMINEM dropped ‘The Eminem Show’ which sold 1.322 million it’s first week, debuting at Number 1 as well!
Regarding KENDRICK LAMAR, I expected huge numbers in the 175-200K range but he blew us away with 241K! Moving 241,000 units of ‘Good kid m.a.a.D kid’ it’s debut week is super impressive!! According to nielsen/billboard the last male artist to do bigger sales numbers during it’s first week was DRAKE with ‘Thank Me Later’ selling 447,000 it’s first week in 2010!
I love my job! Who says you can no longer move units! What’s your audience looking like? Ha! xo @RozOonTheGo
I’m so happy for B! Her ‘comeback’ album is a great piece of work! xo @RozOonTheGo
Brandy reaches the summit of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for the second time in her nearly 18-year career, as “Two Eleven” debuts at No. 1 with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It’s been more than 10 years since her previous chart-topper, “Full Moon,” debuted and peaked at No. 1 (March 23, 2002). In between her leaders, Brandy posted two top 10 albums, “Afrodisiac” (No. 4 in 2004) and “Human” (No. 5, 2008), as well as a greatest-hits collection, “The Best of Brandy,” (No. 11, 2005).
Her triumphant return to the chart’s upper reaches is also evident on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Her new album’s lead single, “Put It Down,” featuring Chris Brown, peaked at No. 3 earlier this month, becoming her first top 10 hit in more than 10 years and matching her previous best position reached by “What About Us?,” the lead single off “Full Moon,” in 2002.
As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with “The Heist.” The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist.
The album is Macklemore’s second full-length effort, and teams him with producer Lewis. “The Heist” was released independently through Alternative Distribution Alliance and comes after years of steady growth for the act. Lewis’ official YouTube channel has 47,000 subscribers (a growth of 5,000 from a week ago) and 25.5 million views (up 3 million). Meanwhile the duo’s SoundCloud has amassed 1 million plays from seven tracks.
With such support via online services, it’s no surprise to see that 83% of the album’s first week consisted of download sales.
Macklemore and Lewis recently wrapped a sold-out European tour and launched a 50-show U.S. and Canada trek last week.
Miguel’s ‘Dream’ Comes True at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart:
After Miguel maxed-out at No. 9 with his debut album “All I Want Is You” last year, his sophomore release "Kaleidoscope Dream" debuts in the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week with 71,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The grand opening is partly due to the success of lead single “Adorn” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Congrats Pink! I still remember the pink hair days! *sigh* xo @RozOonTheGo
After debuting more than 12 years ago on the Billboard 200 chart, pop superstar P!nk gets her first No. 1 album this week as “The Truth About Love” debuts with 280,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That’s the best debut sales week for the singer, whose previous highest start came when “M!ssundaztood” launched with 220,000 at No. 6 in 2001. Also, “The Truth About Love’s” opening is the third-biggest debut this year, following Justin Bieber's bow with “Believe” (374,000) and Madonna's “MDNA” (359,000).
P!nk’s new album performed stronger than anticipated, as some industry sources last week were initially thinking that it would sell around 220,000 to 230,000. However, the set kept on blowing past expectations on a daily basis, and by the weekend, was on its way to passing up 250,000.
Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as “Chapter V” bows atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It’s the R&B singer’s fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010’s “Passion, Pain & Pleasure,” which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 240,000. It was beaten to the pole position that week — just barely — by Linkin Park’s also-debuting “A Thousand Suns.” The latter set started with just 1,000 copies more — 241,000.