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Told You So: Rick Ross Can't Top Eminem in Music Sales

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I f-ing told you. When some other sites that will go unnamed (cough Rap Radar cough) reporting that sales of Rick Ross' new album "Teflon Don" would be strong enough to knock Eminem's "Recovery" I said, and I quote, "Eminem poops Rick Ross' album sales."

Ok, so it wasn't one of my more eloquent moments. That's not to take anything away from Ricky - selling 175,000 your opening week and landing the #2 album in the country is impressive. Props. But you're going to have to do better than that if you want to stop Em's chart dynasty. Now next week it might actually be close:

if sales of "Recovery" continue to naturally fall and "Teflon Don" catches a little momentum, that may close the gap. But if that happens, let's not get it twisted and start talking about how Ross "knocked off" his royal Shadyness. We can now officially say that "Recovery" sold approximately 4 times as many albums as "Teflon Don" in it's first week. If this was a Pop Warner game, they'd be calling for the mercy rule. 

Wow, I really need to do some yoga or drink some green tea or something. I get way too worked up about this stuff. 

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 (332,233) 
2. Taio Cruz - Dynamite (222,977) 
3. Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (190,063) 
4 (5th overall). B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams - Airplanes (152,665) 
5 (6th overall). Mike Posner ft. Big Sean - Cooler Than Me (136,946) 
6 (7th overall). Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars - Billionaire (136,697) 
7 (8th overall). Jason Derulo - Ridin Solo (132,140) 
8 (9th overall). Eminem - Not Afraid (122,707) 
9 (10th overall). Usher ft. - OMG (96,398) 
10 (12th overall). Usher - DJ Got Us Fallin in Love (80,417) 

The Refined Take: 

1) What's truly impressive is that Rick Ross landed the #2 album without a hit single. In fact, he doesn't have anything even remotely approaching a hit single; the best he's currently doing is "Aston Martin Music" at #64. In this day and age it's supposed to be almost impossible to have an album blow up without a hit single or two, but Ricky's done the almost impossible. It's a testament to his power on the streets honestly. He pulled those album sales from hip-hop nation, not mainstream America. 

2) Even the most ardent chart watchers probably overlooked the release of Paul Wall's new album "Heart of a Champion"...because it's not on the charts. After only a couple weeks Wall's latest has already dropped out of the top 100. How does Paul feel about his album flopping? He doesn't really care - he knows no one makes money off albums anyway, and since he's not signed to a 360, he banks most of his money off touring anyway. Looks like someone's been reading "Your Favorite Rapper is Poor". 

3) Just for kicks I decided to figure out which song has currenlty been on the charts the longest. The answers? Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", which after 88 weeks is still sitting at the #80 slot. Wow, I did not see that coming. Lady Gaga's obviously a huge seller, but people love "Poker Face" that much? Really? Really? Who's still buying this song? 

4) On the other side, some compilation album called "Back in the Day Hip-Hop" is the #60 album in the country, which for a "various artists" album is pretty. Damn, it's great to know that many people are willing to spend some cash on old school hip-hop. It turns out "Mama Said Knock You Out" really doesn't ever get old. 

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..Kanye West for "Power". That track was designed to get people talking, not sell, but still, that's not a good sign if he wants to have the top-selling rap album of the year. Although changing the album title will help.



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