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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.
R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. His new “Chapter V” is on course to sell between 110,000 to 130,000 copies by week’s end on Aug. 26 — enough to secure the top slot next week.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Aug. 29.
SN:Khaled’s “Kiss the Ring” may sell around 40,000 while Owl City’s latest could move 25,000 or so. Christian act Tenth Avenue North may bring in around 25,000 as well.
2 Chainz is headed for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The rapper’s debut studio effort, “Based On a T.R.U. Story,” is on course to sell upwards of 130,000 copies by week’s end on Aug. 19 (so say industry forecasters). That will easily place him atop the Billboard 200 heap next week, as he has little competition standing in his way.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Since debuting a little over a year ago on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (under his former stage name Tity Boi), the hip-hop artist has notched 10 hit singles on the tally. Of those, two have hit No. 1: his own “No Lie” (featuring Drake) and “Mercy” (credited to Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz).
"((UPDATED)) CONGRATULATIONS to RICK ROSS, MMG and the entire Def Jam Records Staff on the #1 Album! ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ moved 218,000 units it’s 1st week according to Nielsen SoundScan! It’s Ross’ 4th No. 1 album! Salute!!"