Thursday, March 5, 2009

The charts this week

For this week's wrap-up of the Billboard 200's top spots, all hip-hop and R&B releases fell from the top 5. However, the soundtrack for "Slumdog Millionaire" just made it.

Leaping from no. 22 to no. 4 this week, with the help of the film's eight Oscars, the soundtrack was able to garner a 109% increase in sales, raking up another 44,000 copies sold.

Falling from the top 5 to no. 6 is Beyonce's I Am... Sasha Fierce, selling 35,000 copies this week, while Lady GaGa's The Fame earned a new chart peak, moving from no. 10 to no. 7.

Jamie Foxx's Intuition sold another 30,000 copies to put him at no. 9, while Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreak rounded out the top tier at no. 10 with 26,000 albums sold.

Later down the line, there were a couple debuts.

K'Naan's Troubadour debuts at no. 32 with 15,000 units scanned, Joe Budden's Padded Room sat down at no. 42 with just under 14,000 sold, Project Pat's Real Recognize Real earned the no. 70 spot with nearly 9,000 copies sold, and B-Real solo debut Smoke N Mirrors came in at no. 148 with nearly 4,000 units sold.

According to, this past chart week totaled 6.91 million units, down 6.8% compared to the same sum last week and down 13.1% compared to the same sales week last year. Sales from this year, at 63.82 million, are off 11.7% compared to same total at this time last year.

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