Kanye West Top Billin' on Billboard
Not quite making the mark of the previous Platinum-in-a-week 'Graduation', Kanye's '808's & Heartbreak' reached number one with 450,000 sales upon it's initial week's end. Recession, internet piracy and a creative effort swaying against the grain can be formed into reasons of weaker sales for kanyeezy, but still impressive for today's industry.
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|Rank||Artist||Album||This Week||Est. Total|
|01||Kanye West||808's & Heartbreak||450,145||451,395|
|04||Beyonce||I Am...Sasha Fierce||257,377||740,554|
|05||Ludacris||Theater Of The Mind||213,493||214,126|
T.I.'s Paper Trail Almost First on Billboard 100
T.I.'s "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) is on course to début at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The rapper's sixth studio set leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Oct. 3). Unweighted sales of "Paper Trail" through the close of business yesterday stood at 357,000.
Billboard estimates the nine merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Circuit City, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target, Anderson Merchandisers and Handleman Co. -- comprise about 80% of all U.S. album sales.
The 357,000 figure is the third-largest Friday Building Chart sum of the year, trailing only Lil Wayne's Cash Money/Universal Motown set "Tha Carter III" (630,000) and Coldplay's Capitol album "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" (459,000). Those two albums finished their first full week in stores shifting 1 million and 721,000, respectively.
If "Paper Trail" does hit No. 1, it will be T.I.'s third straight chart topper on The Billboard 200, following "King" in 2006 and "T.I. Vs. T.I.P." in 2007. "King" bowed with 522,000 while "T.I.P." landed with 468,000.
T.I. - "Whatever You Like" (First Single):
[No. 1] Billboard 100
[No. 1] Hot Digital Songs
Nas Top BIllin' Bumps Young Mr. Carter
The 9th studio drop, Untitled from Nas is top billin on the Billboard charts this week. According to Nielsen's Soundscan the first week sales of Untitled pushed 187,078 units bumping Lil Wayne off the number one spot.
Weezy's new released album at six weeks old has now come within reach of double platinum. According to Nielsen, Tha Carter III scanned 105,590 units this week, collectively making grand total sales of the album to 1,912,052.
BILLBOARD HIP HOP ALBUM SALES WEEK ENDING 7/20/08
|02||Lil Wayne||Tha Carter 3||105,490||1,912,052|
|08||David Banner||Greatest Story Ever Told||51,805||51,902|
|26||Plies||Definition of Real||20,522||400,789|
|29||Three 6 Mafia||Last 2 Walk||18,431||156,835|