Launch.com spoke to Da Band’s member Young City, formerly Chopper City, who shared that while he was happy with debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts with ‘Too Hot For T.V.’, behind Outkast, he wasn’t satisfied. “#2 album in the country, it’s a blessing you know,” Young City said. “We could had #1 though, I’d be, you know, I’d feel like we the sh-t if we get #1, though you know but #2 is cool. But who remembers #2? Even though it’s a good thing to me, but like I can’t settle for #2.”
Bow Wow’s latest album, ‘Unleashed’, has been certified gold by the RIAA as of September 25, 2003, a month after the album’s release in late August. ‘Unleashed’ debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart the week of its release and joins Bow Wow’s previous two full-length releases — 2000’s ‘Beware of Dog’ and 2001’s ‘Doggy Bag’ — in achieving RIAA gold status.
Billboard.com reports Outkast’s two-CD set ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ muscled out tough competition from Dave Matthews and Limp Bizkit to bow atop the Billboard 200 album chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales data issued Wednesday. The Arista album sold 509,600 copies in the U.S. during the week ended Sept. 28, leading nine albums into the top-20. Obie Trice’s debut ‘Cheers’ entered at No. 5 with 226,000 copies, while last week’s chart-topping album from DMX, ‘Grand Champ’, fell to No. 7 selling 150,000 units.
Contributed by chickenlegsss:
Billboard.com reports that The Black Eyed Peas and the Darkness held steady at the top of the new U.K. singles and album charts, unveiled Sept. 14. The Peas’ “Where Is the Love” (A&M/Mercury) held off new singles from heavy hitters Dido, Gareth Gates and Christina Aguilera, while the Darkness withstood the challenge of a rock powerhouse of earlier vintage, Iron Maiden.
Pharrell Williams tells Launch.com that he’s thrilled to finally see The Neptunes top the album charts with ‘The Neptunes Present: Clones’. “I was very, very, very surprised,” Pharrell said. “That’s due to like just good people like you guys just giving us a chance to put something different out and I’m very, very appreciative. I know not a lot of people know us, but the fact that you guys let the music persevere and bring us to #1 is an incredible feeling.”
The first release from the Neptunes’ Arista-affiliated label Star Trak is also its first to top the Billboard 200 album chart. ‘Star Trak Presents… Clones’ sold 249,000 copies across the U.S. in the week ended Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan issued Wednesday, and leads seven albums into the top-20, including the new Bow Wow album ‘Unleashed’, which entered at #3 while T.I. came in at #4 with ‘Trap Muzik’.
HitsDailyDouble.com reports that based on one-day sales, The Neptunes look set to top the charts with ‘The Neptunes Present… Clones’, which should clear between 200-230k. Look for Bow Wow to clear about 150,000 units of his latest effort ‘Unleashed’, while Juelz Santana, whose ‘From Me to U’ will likely reach 90k for the week.
Packed with tracks and collaborations by top rappers, the soundtrack to ‘Bad Boys II’ leads the Billboard 200 album chart for the fourth-straight week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data issued Wednesday. U.S. sales of the Bad Boy/Universal album fell 22% to 121,000 copies in the week ended Aug. 10, but the soundtrack held a comfortable lead over the latest volume in the ‘NOW That’s What I Call Music!’ series.
According to HitsDailyDouble.com, Kelly Clarkson’s debut album ‘Thankful’ will debut at #1 on the Billboard album chart, selling around 300,000. 50 Cent’s album wasn’t able to reclaim the #1 spot, despite being packaged with a new DVD that gives insight into 50’s life and his crew G-Unit. The DVD/CD called ‘The New Breed’ will have to settle for the #2 spot. Fleetwood Mac’s new album will come in at #3. Other top 10 debuts include Darryl Worley and Jimmy Buffet. Linkin Park, Now 12, Cher, and Norah Jones all remain in the top 10.
HitsDailyDouble.com reports that 50 Cent’s DVD plus CD combo ‘The New Breed’ appears likely to sell nearly 300k in its first week, enough to beat out last season’s ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson in this week’s album chart battle. Clarkson’s ‘Thankful’ looks set to turn 250k this week.