No change in the top two this week. Eminem has #1 on lock for the foreseeable future and Drake's "TML" is holding steady at #2. Instead, the big news is the new player that's joined them; Big Boi and his supremely dope album "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" debuted at #3, moving a respectable 62,000 units in the first week.
First of all, congratulations are in order. Big Boi put together a fiercely creative album, and once again the people have showed the labels they're tired of that ringtone rap and will buy great music. Well done Big. On a larger level, do you realize that hip-hop, the genre that's supposedly commercially dead, has the top three spots! What are you going to do about it "Twilight Soundtrack"? That's what I thought. Keep walking.
Let's take a look at the top 10 urban selections on the "Digital Song Sales" for this week.
Top Digital Song Sales (w/ units sold)
1. Eminem ft. Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie (314,380)
2. Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (235,694)
3. Taio Cruz - Dynamite (206,045)
4. B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams - Airplanes (171,139)
5. Enrique Iglesias - I Like It (170,901)
6. Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars - Billionaire (156,075)
7. Mike Posner ft. Big Sean - Cooler Than Me (145,363)
8. Jason Derulo - Ridin Solo (143,676)
9. Eminem - Not Afraid (140,016)
10. Usher ft. will.i.am - OMG (151,981)
The Refined Take:
1) To bring back up a debate I'm having over on the mothership, "Chico Dusty" obviously won't touch "Recovery" in sales, but I think it's a better album. Let me put it this way. A year from now when I'm flipping through my music collection I'll see "Chico Dusty" and think, "Damn, I need to listen to this again". In comparison, I'll see "Recovery" and think, "Damn, that album was huge" and then keep flipping. I just don't see a lot of situations in which I'd want to go back and play that album over and over - unless I've going through Vicodin withdrawals.
2) In other news, last week I wrote that while The-Dream's "Love King" debuted at number four, it wasn't a good sign that it only sold about 50,000 the first week. Yep. This week the Love King fell down the charts steeply, landing at number 12 after only moving 20,000 units. Oh well, I'm sure Dream will still be fine. It's not like he got caught cheating on his super-hot wife with his chubby assistant or anything. (Seriously, how do you f**k it up with Christina Milian?)
3) I was honestly a little unsure whether or not to include Enrique's track in the "urban" music top ten. It's pretty pop-club, but so's half the "hip-hop" songs on radio right now, and the inclusion of Pitbull has to count for something, right? Then again, maybe I shouldn't include it in next week's sales wrap-up. Thoughts from RefinedHype nation?
4) Someone's going to have to do some explaining. Last week there was a lot of hoopla over the fact that Nicki Minaj and her song "Your Love" had hit number one on the Billboard Charts! A little more digging revealed it wasn't number one overall, just on the Rap charts (still an impressive feat). But looking at far more reliable Soundscan numbers I have no idea how Billboard came up with Nicki's number one slot. "Your Love' is #30 overall on Soundscan. Even if you only count urban music, and then are really strict with your definition of "rap" (excluding for example Usher's "O.M.G.") Nicki's still nowhere near the top. Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" and "Not Afraid" are ahead of her, as are tracks from B.o.B., Travie McCoy, Drake, Kanye and DJ Khaled. How is Billboard possibly coming up with a number one?
5) This week's Mr. Irrelevant Award, given to the song that sits at the absolute bottom of the charts (the number 200 spot), goes to..Eminem and his collab with Pink "Won't Back Down". I actually really like that song and wouldn't have thought it'd be more popular. It's not even close to "The Way You Lie" but it should still be doing better than this.