Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
7/25/2003 8:33:24 PM
Tags and topics realted to this article include Chingy, Canibus and Ludacris.
P. Diddy and newcomer Chingy have sold more units than all the rap acts on Billboard's Top 100 combined according to Nielsen' Soundscan. With the Bad Boys II soundtrack, Diddy makes a triumphant return to the charts with sales of 324,429 units in its first week. Spearheaded by monster singles "La La La" and "Shake Ya Tailfeather," Diddy's first release on Universal mightily stands at no.1 on this week's Billboard charts. The demand is so strong, that Bad Boy/Universal has already shipped a million copies of the soundtrack.
Coming in second place this week is baby face rapper Chingy. While the MTV Buzzworthy "Right Thurr" continues to garner spins on both coasts, Chingy's Disturbin Da Peace debut, Jackpot sold 156,661 units according to Soundscan.
Though the "P.I.M.P. Remix" spins more than any other song on Hot 97 and remains strong on the West Coast, 50 Cent's Get Rich or Dye Trying suffers a significant slide in sales, but moves a respectable 57,454, which is still better than Da Brat, who might fail to dig at least gold for the first time in her career. Lead by the lukewarm "In Love Wit Chu", Chicago's own sexy tomboy lands at no.17, selling a disappointing 39,482 -- a whopping 103,518 copies less than her 2000 release, Unrestricted.
The Dirty South can still be felt on the charts this week as Ludacris' 2 Fast 2 Furious pushes an extra 32,324 copies earning the soundtrack a gold plaque while Three Six Mafia sells a respectable 34,691 units relative to their low budget marketing and production. David Banner's Mississippi comes a little lower with 19,749 sales this week.
Did "the most beautifullest" emcee's fourth LP, "He's Keith Murray, flop because Def Jam dropped him or would it have sold a mere 26,943 units even with the label's marketing machine behind it? That's the question this week as the rap "enigma" comes in around no.40 on charts his debut week, just a little ahead of Fabolous who finds an additional 24,272 consumers. Lil' Kim manages to sell 21,478 copies without a second video on the air and Joe Budden, is climbing an uphill battle at 20,942, with a second single, "Fire" building up steam.
Black Eyed Peas continue their surge with another good week on the charts, selling 28,861 copies of their Elephunk LP while Gang Starr and Bone Crusher continue to sink, respectively selling 14,314 and 14,104 units.
On the new release front this week, we find Mya's Mood Ring and Canibus whose return has been highly anticipated in underground circles. Barely 7 months after Mic Club, Canibus releases his fifth LP, Rip The Jacker marking his Babygrande/Koch debut. They'll be no partying for Bis, however, who was called back to active duty in the U.S military on Saturday just prior to his album's release. Looking ahead at next week, expect P. Diddy to reclaim his spot on the charts joined by new releases from Boo & Gotti and Mack 10.
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