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.
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.
In a somber week for album sales that were released the day of the horrific terrorist attacks against the United States, Jay-Z showed fans still desire his music with shipments of 427,000 copies of The Blueprint. Rapper Fabolous got the #4 spot in his initial week with Ghetto Fabolous, selling 143,000 copies.
Jay-Z looks poised to dominate album sales this week as his new album, The Blueprint, has sold 299,987 units with 65% of the total sales in, blasting the nearest competitor, Nickelback, with 136k in sales to this point. Fabolous’s new Ghetto Fabolous also looks strong with 109,167 sales putting it at #3. Rap is unseen though after that until the #28 position with Juvenile’s Project English. Devil’s Night continues its weakness coming in at #43 as the group tours without Eminem.
Weak rap sales continued in the album charts this week as the top 30 only included two acts, Krazie Bone’s debut Thug On Da Line cleared 53,122 for the week while D12’s Devils Night sold 52,397, dropping 14% for the week in sales.
Aaliyah took the #1 spot after her tragic death in the Bahamas August 25, while Mary J. Blige’s new album, No More Drama, was close behind. Aaliyah had 337,073 sales for the week while Blige had 324,936.