Billboard Figures Show Jay-Z Tops for Week 3

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.

Ja Rule to Overtake Jay-Z

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

Jay-Z Tokin’ Onstage?

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.

Early Returns Show Jay-Z #3’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.

Jay-Z The ‘Ultimate Hip-Hop Sell-Out’

Jay-Z 'The Blueprint' album cover’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.

Jay-Z Get’s 2nd Week At #1, Looks Strong In Week 3

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.

Jay-Z Plays Philly’s Electric Factory

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.”

Top Jay-Z Searches In August

The August results of searches on 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.

Jay-Z Impresses At The Worcester Palladium

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.”