Jay-Z’s The Blueprint holds the top position in the Billboard charts for the 3rd consecutive week selling over 173,000 copies of the CD. Blueprint beat out Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor which sold 139,000 copies for the week and the Arista compilation album, Totally Hits 2001, which pushed 138,000 units.
Early sales returns of Ja Rule’s Pain Is Love show the rapper is on pace to sell around 300,000 albums for the week, easily outpacing Jay-Z who’s going into a 3rd week in the #1 position, according to HitsDailyDouble.com.
The New York Daily News reports rapper Jay-Z was spotted grabbing a joint from the VIP section at his concert in Miami on Monday when he performed at Billboard Live, a new South Beach club. Jay-Z’s stabbing charges from 1999 (music executive Lance Rivera) are going to court next month.
Jay-Z’s rep in New York declined comment on the incident.
HitsDailyDouble.com’s early album sales returns show rapper Jay-Z has dropped slightly to #3 with around 70,000 sales of The Blueprint with 57% of sales figures for the week in, but rap is weak in representation after that with only Fabolous getting into the top 20 at #18. A close race has Alicia Keys and the hip-hop/R&B Totally Hits 4 battling for the top spot.
Popmatters.com’s Mark Anthony Neal reviewed Jay-Z’s new album ‘The Blueprint’ and says of the rapper, “Jay Z will never be mistaken for ‘street level gramscians’ like Common, Michael Franti or even Ice Cube, but nobody does ghetto-centric hip-hop better than Jay Z.” Neal though wonders of a backlash from Jay-Z’s commercial success saying, “in some circles Sean Carter will be viewed as the ultimate hip-hop sell-out.” Read more.
It appears there will be no stopping Jay-Z from getting the #1 position for another week as The Blueprint is tracking higher than any of the few new releases this week. For this past week, the Jay-Z album has sold 271,000 albums, beating out Alicia Keys and Nickelback for the top spot. Jay-Z’s run may end though when Ja Rule’s Pain Is Love gets released October 2nd.
The Philadelphia Enquirer’s A.D. Amorosi reviewed Jay Z’s sold out performance Monday night at Electric Factory saying, the “Lounge Tour production came across as a hip-hop talk show with Jay as intelligent, opinionated, humorous, boasting host.”
Yahoo! Music Artist of the Month Jay Z will chat on Yahoo on Wednesday, September 26th at 8pET/5pPT.
The August results of searches on Goto.com for Jay-Z related terms are in and ‘Jay Z’ (‘JayZ’ and ‘Jay-Z’ combined) got 35,060 searches. Not many must be away of the rapper’s first name as ‘Shawn Carter’ was only searched for 122 times. #2 on the list was ‘Jay Z lyric’ with 7,330 searches.
The Boston Herald’s Colneth Smiley Jr. reviewed Jay-Z’s show at the Worcester Palladium on Thursday saying, “The crowd was rocking at Thursday night’s concert by Jay-Z and the Roc-a-fella family at the Palladium, and the hustler-turned-rap star gave an ecstatic performance.”