ChartWatch for June 16, 2010

Well I hated on him last week but apparently that doesn’t matter because goon affiliation will get you to high places in life. Plies enter the charts at number five and he is currently the top selling Hip Hop artist this week. Goon Affiliated sells 57,221 copies with hit singles like “She Got It Made” which samples Rupert Holmes’ late 70’s hit “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).” Hey, ya’ll remember that scene from Brown Sugar where they get that comically awful group “The Hip Hop Dalmatians” to redo the classic Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney song “The Girl Is Mine”? Except this time the group changed the lyrics to “The Ho is Mine”? Remember how funny that was because it was so ridiculous? Who would do something stupid like that? Anyone remember that? I don’t know why I just thought of that movie…just came to mind. Moving on.Usher takes a bit of a dip as his latest, Raymond vs Raymond, drops from 5 to 12 and sells 29,041 copies.The Black Eyed Peas continue to move back up the charts this week taking a jump from 19 to 15. This week the group sells 20,590 copies of The E.N.D. Who is still buying this album? At this point I thought everyone in the world had at least 3 copies.B.o.B continues his slow sales burn on the charts landing at number 17 with his debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. This week the album sells 18,863 copies, and so far the total domestic sales for the disc have been a little over 200,000.Travie McCoy was also in “Dropping” last week and this week his solo debut enters the charts at number 25. Lazarus sells 15,877 units this week.Nas and Damian Marley hold on to the charts selling 12,873 copies of their collaboration Distant Relatives and land at the 32nd position.Ludacris has had a pretty successful sales run for his latest album, Battle of the Sexes, but takes a dip this week falling to number 42 and selling 10,774 copies.Finally, much to my surprise, Lil Jon enters the charts at number 50 with his latest, Crunk Rock. The album sells 8,275 copies and finally answers the question as to whether crunk is dead or not. Life support….the answer we were looking for is it’s on life support.Dropping This WeekIt’s like a hater’s wet dream this week. Plies is the number one album and guess who is dropping this week? None other than Mr. (really) hate him or (really) love him, Drake. The Canadian rapper drops his highly anticipated debut, Thank Me Later, which is almost sure to put up some numbers. I don’t know who’s going to buy more copies…his fans…or the people that are just picking it up just to let you know they listen to it and that they know he can’t rap. Either way it’s good news for Drake.Next up is C-Murder (who I swore was supposed to be going by his government name. As a matter of fact…let’s change it up…scratch that first part). Next up Is Corey Miller with his latest album Tomorrow. (Wait…I just looked at the album cover. You’re not helping me here Corey.) Ok, Last time. Next up is C-Murder with his latest album Tomorrow. It’s C-Murder so pick it up if you’re a fan.Then we have two albums from ½ of Slaughterhouse. Now first up is Crooked I, who I am hearing has nothing to do with the promotion or distribution of this album. Hood Star is a collection of work the rapper did while putting together his Death Row debut. That album never came to fruition but now that Crooked I has been making moves on his own it looks like the record company is looking to cash in. Support it if you like…or go pick up some stuff that Crooked I is actually putting out himself. The other MC from Slaughterhouse is none other than Joell Ortiz who is releasing his latest, Free Agent. The album features Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Bun B, Tech N9ne, Brother Ali, Styles P, Sheek Louch, B.o.B., Novel, Akon, M.O.P., Maino, and Jean Grae. Fans of Crooked I, Joell, and Slaughterhouse are always looking for new material to get their hands on so this should be a good week for them.Maybe he didn’t succeed the first time or maybe he feels your attitude needs more work, but Pastor Troy comes out with Attitude Adjustor 2, his 20th studio album, this week. The album features Gangsta Boo, Big Hollis, and J. Holiday. Twenty albums deep is pretty impressive so if you’re a fan pick it up.The Nappy Roots return with their fourth album The Pursuit of Nappyness. The Kentucky group continues to put out their brand of Hip Hop so fans should be pleased with this one. Finally ½ of the group Zion I drops his latest, Murder at the Discotech. Amp Live has worked with everyone from Goaple to Too Short to Radiohead. His new album featuresMickey Factz, Zumbi of Zion I, Grouch, Eligh, Trackademicks, Fashawn, Myka Nyne, Hot Tub, Yak Ballz, My First Earthquake, Golda Supa Nova, Bambu, Dude Royal and more. Well that’s it for this week. I shouldn’t hear anyone complaining about the lack of variety in Hip hop because this week we have a Compton gangsta rapper, a Brooklyn underground lyricist, an Oakland producer that combines Hip Hop with electronica, a Canadian rapper with a gift for R&B lyrics, a Kentucky based quintet known for their underground appeal, a New Orleans MC that is currently fighting legal charges and trying to change his image, and an Atlanta veteran that is 20 albums deep. If you can’t find something to listen to then it might be you. See you next week.