T.I. is once again again leading the sales for hip-hop and R&B album sales this week, only topped by debuts from AC/DC and the soundtrack for Disney’s “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.”
T.I.’s latest release, Paper Trail, fell to no. 3 this week, selling 93,000 copies. Since its release, the set is nearing platinum sales with a total of 971,000. The sales are fueled by the huge success of two singles from the album — “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna, both which are currently no. 1 and 2 on the Hot 100 singles chart.
Later down the line is Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman, taking a 24% sales decrease with 31,000 copies sold this week, putting the album at no. 8.
Despite a tumultuous week with the tragic murders of her mother, brother, and nephew, Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut slipped from no. 5-9 with 29,000 copies sold.
Up two spots to no. 10 is Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, selling 25,000.
The last release within the top 20 is Young Jeezy’s Recession, coming in at no. 15 with 20,000 copies sold this week.
As for new albums, the legendary funk trio Labelle returned with their first new set since 1978. The album, titled Back To Now, entered the charts at no. 45 with 11,000 copies sold.
San Diego rapper Lil Rob dropped a new album, titled 1218 Part 2. He landed at no. 101 with 4,918 sold.
According to Billboard.com, sales this week are up 8.3% from last week’s sum and down 15.2% from the same week last year.