AllHipHop ChartWatch: Rakim Cometh! Jay-Z & BEP Hold It Down! MJ Makes SoundScan Change Up!
ChartWatch for November 18, 2009
Here is something interesting. Michael Jackson has caused SoundScan to make some changes in how they report album sales. With the renewed success of Thriller and his Greatest Hits album, older catalog release will be included in the new releases. So, as the highest selling artist of 2009, Taylor Swift can see competition from people that released albums over 20 years ago like MJ, who is the second-highest selling act this year. Normally, these older albums are in a separate chart.
So, lets get into it.
up, Jay-Z sells 33,000 copies of The Blueprint
3 but dips from the 13th to No. 18. Then we have The Black Eyed Peas whose album,
The E.N.D, continues to move numbers selling another 30,000 copies this week - impressive!
native Wale enters the countdown at number 27, selling 26,000 copies of his
debut disc. His album, Attention Deficit, is getting some
pretty good reviews, and while selling 26,000 copies is not bad in this
climate, it could be better. There are
rumors that the album didnt get the push it deserved, and that it was hard to
find. Two questions: What are your thoughts on the album (This is
for people who actually listened to the album not people who just have an
opinion on Wale), and, if you bought the album, did you have trouble finding it?
(Once again this is for people that actually bought the album and not well you
get the point.) Either way congratulations
go out to Wale for moving some debut album units.
Last but not least is Hip-Hops current golden boy, Drake. The Canadian MC sells another 12,000 copies
of So Far Gone and maintains his position at number 45. The newcomer continues to sell units of his
album before the album. If this is any
indication of future album sales, Drakes debut should be a chart topper.
have some good albums this week. One of
raps top earners returns to the streets, a legend in the game finally drops his
long awaited album and a ghetto boy gets some redemption.
of you have been waiting ..some of you havent .but no matter its here. Curtis 50 Cent Jackson takes a break from
watching Rick Rosss kids (its funny disrespectful but still funny) to drop
his fourth studio album. (Before the 50 fans start commenting this is his 5th
album if you include Power of the Dollar.) Before
I Self Destruct is the rappers last album for Interscope (not including a
greatest hits) and is said by him to have a much darker and aggressive
tone. The album is accompanied by a
movie of the same title. Before I Self Destruct, has guest appearances
from Eminem, Ne-Yo, Loyd Banks, and R. Kelly, and features production by Dr.
Dre, Havoc, Polo Da Don, Rockwilder, Black Key, DJ Khalil, and J. Keys. 50 has managed to remain a force in the music
industry but not necessarily for his music.
His last album, Curtis, was
given mixed reviews but hopefully Before
I Self Destruct, having few appearances and more of a focus on 50, will
have better fortune. 50 fans, 50 haters,
and all those in between should give this one a chance and pick it up.
Michael Griffin Jr., better known as Rakim, returns after more than eight years
to drop his third solo studio album. The Seventh Seal was originally supposed
to be released in 2002 as Oh, My God
on Dr. Dres Aftermath record label.
Since that time Rakim has left the label and totally reworked the
album. He now releases The Seventh Seal which features Maino,
Tracey Horton, I.Q., Samuel Christian, and Rakims daughter, Destiny
Griffin. Its Rakim. I really dont know what else to say. He and Eric B brought you Paid In Full, Follow The Leader, Let The Rhythm Hit Em, and Dont
Sweat the Technique. There is not
enough that can be said about his influence so if you want to hear some real
Hip Hop, pick this one up.
next rapper started of one weekend trick or treating, moved on to robbing some
kids, and ended up fighting a seven foot figure of his imagination. Bushwick Bill, solo and as one third of the
Geto Boys, has been a controversial figure in Hip Hop. He is now releasing his sixth solo, and first
Christian, album. Thats right Bushwick
Bill is releasing a Christian rap album titled Testimony of Redemption. Bushwick
Bill was done a lot in his lifetime, from threatening reporters to shooting
himself in the eye, but has now turned it around to become a born again
Christian. It should be interesting to
see how his storytelling skills transfer to Christian rap. If you get a chance pick this one up.
and Slug are two well known rappers that still remain underground. Each has dropped some critically acclaimed
work of their own, but together they are known as Felt. The Los Angeles wordsmith and Minneapolis MC
have released Felt: A Tribute to
Christina Ricci, Felt 2: A Tribute to
Lisa Bonet, and now release Felt 3: A
Tribute to Rosie Perez. Murs and
Slug drop some quality music so if you get a chance check this one out.