ChartWatch: Can Young Money Take No. 1?

ChartWatch for December 23, 2009Welcome

back to ChartWatch where we run down the weekly sales in Hip Hop and

let you know about some of the latest albums coming out. It’s

almost Christmas so album sales are going up across the board as people

pick up gifts for friends and family. We’ll see if that boost

in sales helps out the world of Hip Hop. Let’s go ahead and

get the number one spot out of the way. It’s still Susan Boyle.

She sold another 659,000 copies of I Dreamed

A Dream. That monster of an album stops Alicia Keys from debuting

at number one, but don’t feel bad for Ms. Keys. The piano playing

extraordinaire enters the charts at the number two spot with her latest

album, Element of Freedom.


week there is no Hip Hop in the top ten but there are some representatives

in the top 50. The Black Eyed Peas move up a spot from 20 to 19

by selling 82,000 copies of their hit album The E.N.D.


climbs back on the charts grabbing the 43rd spot by selling

39,000 copies of The Blueprint 3.


Gucci Man takes a nose dive, dropping from 11 to 46 while selling 36,000

copies of his major label debut The State v.

Radric Davis.


so the boost in sales didn’t necessarily help out the whole Hip Hop

community. At least Jay got back on the charts.

Dropping This Week


I said earlier, Christmas is only a few days away. If you haven’t

finished you’re shopping yet you might want to pick up a CD or two.

Hey, maybe your grandma likes Lil’ Wayne. The self proclaimed

greatest rapper alive (although he’s kind of stopped saying that since

Jay-Z came out of retirement) is releasing arsenal of rappers on the

compilation We Are Young Money. Who is Young Money?

Young Money is Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jae Millz, Lil Twist, Tyga, Mack

Maine, Gudda Gudda, Shanel, T-Streets, Lil Chuckee and, of course, Lil

Wayne. I’m sure the majority of the people out there recognize

Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Wayne (I said the majority of the public so

keep that Jae Millz, Tyga, Gudda Gudda talk out of here) so now’s

the opportunity to meet the rest of the Young Money camp. The

album also features guest appearances from Lloyd, Birdman, Pleasure

P and Gucci Mane. If you’re trying to hear what’s going to

be on the radio for the next six months then you may want to pick this

one up.


up is kind of a surprise for me because I would have thought this album

would have dropped awhile ago. You know…when the single was…what’s

the word I’m looking for?...oh yeah….hot. I don’t know who

dropped the ball on this one but Hurricane Chris drops his second album,

Unleashed, with the lead single “Halle Berry (She’s Fine).”

Hopefully the Shreveport, Louisiana rapper can capitalize off of another

single to help push the album. Unleashed features guest

appearances by Superstarr, Mouse, Mario, Plies, Bobby Valentino, Cherish,

Beanie Man, Isis, and Fiend 4 da Money. The album feature production

by Play-N-Skillz, The Inkredibles , Shawty Redd, Phunk Dawg, Q Smith,

Superstarr, Mouse, Rodnae, Friend Crack Alley Music, Don Vito, Blade,

Raphael RJ2, and Drum Majors.


up is Eminem who capitalizes of the gift giving season by re-releasing

his chart topping album Relapse. Relapse: Refill is a

two disc album with seven more tracks than the original. If you

haven’t picked up the album then now’s not a bad time grab it and

get a few extra songs. It does have “Forever” on there (the

song that convinced me and the rest of Hip Hop that Eminem hadn’t

lost it) so it’s not a bad deal. This should hold everyone over

until Mr. Mathers releases Relapse 2. (Hey Em, don’t rap in

the funny voice. Leave the funny voice at home. Please!).


Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone! See you in the new year!