Thanks to an opening week that moved a staggering 750,000 units, Eminem's "Recovery" went platinum this week (one million sold) as his fifth album continues to dominate the number one slot, selling an addition 350,000 copies this week. Right now there's no doubt who the number one rapper in the game is, but with new albums from T.I., Rick Ross and Kanye West coming in the next few months it will be fascinating to see if anyone can touch Marshall. I seriously doubt Ross can do it, and T.I. doesn't have quite the same widespread appeal; if he can avoid a Taylor Swift boycott from white America Kanye's probably got the best shot. I still wouldn't bet on anyone topping Marshall anytime soon.
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 (280,096)
2. Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (277,350)
3. Taio Cruz - Dynamite (188,947)
4. B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams - Airplanes (175,854)
5. Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars - Billionaire (167,653)
6. Usher ft. will.i.am - OMG (151,981)
7. Mike Posner ft. Big Sean - Cooler Than Me (149,188)
8. Jason Derulo - Ridin Solo (145,985)
9. Eminem - Not Afraid (139,766)
10 (11 overall). Drake - Find Your Love (98,546)
The Refined Take:
1) When I first saw that The-Dream's new album "Love King" debuted at number four I was impressed, until I glanced at the units sold: 58,488. Not even 60,000? Even a few years ago a number of that wouldn't have gotten you into the top 25, let alone the top 5. Goddamn how times have changed .
2) Although I don't think a lot of hip-hop nation would recognize his name, watch out for Taio Cruz. When his single "Break Your Heart" blew up like a RPG I thought it was only because of the Luda guest verse, but now that his second, rapper-free single "Dynamite" exploded into the number two spot it feels like we're witnessing the birth of R&B's first real British invasion. Apparently America can't get enough of that light dance club stuff.
3) Following my "can anyone top Em?" question in the intro, Kanye's "Power" is currently sitting at the #14 spot (pretty good for such a musically adventurous track), while T.I.'s first real shot at the radio "Got Ya Back" is languishing at #74. Not a good sign for TIP - he's going to have to have a couple bigger singles if he wants "King Uncaged" to do big numbers.
4) On the flip side, Jeezy's lead single 'Lose My Mind" is at the bottom looking up, flopping down to #98, even with former Mr. "Wait, who has a #1 album?" Plies contributing. The Snowman's melting.
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..Drake and Lil Wayne's "Miss Me". Personally that's one of my favorite cuts off "TML", but apparently the rest of America's not so big on the Young Money mentor and protege combo. Maybe if Wanye didn't spit such a relatively weak verse.
From Refined Hype