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Chartwatch: Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius’ “WZRD” Debuts at #3; Whitney Houston Charts 8 Times in Top 50

(Week Ending On 3/6/12)

Debuting at #3 is Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius’ WZRD (G.O.O.D./Universal Republic) project that sold just over 70,000 units despite the public outcry from the Cleveland native that his label massively undershipped the album. It appears that although the numbers are nowhere near his previous debuts, Man On the Moon and Man On the Moon II (G.O.O.D./Universal Republic), the fans still showed support for Mr. Solo Dolo despite his label’s misgivings.

Whitney Houston continues to dominate the charts, as fans worldwide look to rediscover the iconic singer’s music through her many albums. After setting a record last week for having three albums in the Top 10, this week, Houston’s music continues to break records with a currect four albums in the Top 10.

Houston’s Greatest Hits (RCA) sold 109,735 units and came in at #2 while her soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard (RCA) sold 44,266 units, landing the soundtrack at the #4 spot. Coming in at #9 and #10 are Whitney Houston (RCA) and I Look To You (RCA). The former sold 25,834 copies while the latter saw a 15 percent sales increase from the week prior, moving just under 25,000 copies. In addition to this feat, the singer has four more albums all charting between the #24 and #36 spots this week.

Young Money rapper Tyga, who debuted at #4 last week, dropped three spots to #7, selling 35,268 copies of his album, Careless World: Rise Of The Last King (YM/Cash Money/Universal Republic).

Drake and Rihanna claimed the #11 and #12 spots with their respective albums, Take Care (YM/Cash Money/Universal Republic) and Talk That Talk (Def Jam). The former sold 23,719 units and saw an 8 percent sales decrease, while the latter sold just over 20,000 units and saw an 11 percent sales decrease.

Coming in one spot lower than last week at #26 is Young Jeezy’s fourth offering TM103 (Def Jam), which sold approximately 15,000 units. The rapper’s Gold-certified TM103 has experienced healthy sales since its release; Young Jeezy is currently on the road with his Hustlerz Ambition tour, which has been selling out at venues nationwide.

Singer Estelle’s new album All Of Me (Atlantic) debuted at #29 after selling 13,676 copies in its first week of release. Albums from both The Throne and Lil Wayne continue to sell after charting at #39 and #42 respectively this week.

Rounding out the Top 50 is Chiddy Bang who’s debut album Breakfast (I.R.S./Virgin) saw a 67 percent sales decrease from the week prior, where it debuted at #9 and sold about 31,000 copies. This week, the duo sold 10,125 units. Albums from both Maino, who released The Day After Tomorrow (Atlantic) and Ja Rule failed to chart in the Top 50 this week, despite mostly positive reviews.

Dropping This Week (3/6/12):

No notable Hip-Hop releases this week.

Dropping Next Week (3/13/12):

No notable Hip-Hop releases next week.

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