Charts Don't Lie: October 28th

Last week with the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, we asked if independent artists' marketing strategy would be the new wave and replace the major labels on the charts.  Their album The Heist...

  • Charts Don't Lie: October 28th
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    Last week with the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, we asked if independent artists' marketing strategy would be the new wave and replace the major labels on the charts.  Their album The Heist saw a steep decline in sales, and might have topped out early.  In what is one of the slowest week in Hip Hop/R&B sales of recent months, we get a semi-surprising name at the #1 spot.  This could be a...
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 2nd
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    Sales charts are more than just bar graphs and seismic looking line work, it is a complex network of retail results and online data. Though it can’t be tallied to perfection, it is nevertheless reliable when approached with a discerning eye. Such sight-seeing is at the core of Charts Don’t Lie, an on-going look at the top performing records in Rap and R&B. Unlike other coverage this...
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 15
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    In the competition between the same-day release rappers Juicy J and Big Sean Juicy J appears to be taking the lead, although Sean debuted stronger than Juicy initially. Not to say they both haven't fallen quite a few spots-- they have. However Juicy J's fan base remains more persistent that Sean Don, with Stay Trippy selling another 21k at #15 and Hall Of Fame selling only 18k at #24. Will we see...
  • Metta World Peace Is Changing His Name Again
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    Ron Artest was involved in the most nefarious brawl in league history at the Malice At The Palace, but it was after he was ejected from a game in a playoff series in 2011 that he wanted to start anew, and changed his name legally to Metta World Peace.Recently, Metta was amnestied by the Lakers and then picked up by his hometown New York Knicks.  Wanting to have yet another fresh start, World...
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 4th
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    Last week we contemplated the low sales for Ace Hood's Trials & Tribulations album. This week, we see a severe drop for Ace's album, at the same time we get a new entry with similarly low sales, Rich Gang. We all know those Young Money fans go hard for their rappers, however, it appears they didn't come out to purchase Birdman's YMCMB compilation (of sorts), Rich Gang. First off, the album was...
  • Charts Don't Lie: March 24th
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    This week we await the official numbers for Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which is projected to sell huge amounts (750-800k),  and will no doubt take over Charts Don’t Lie for a period of time. Next week will also have Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II dropping, which is also sure to make a splash on the charts in the coming week. This week however, we see hardly...
  • Charts Don't Lie: June 2
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    French Montana joins Charts Don't Lie this week, with his debut album Excuse My French. French, Diddy and the whole Bad Boy team went hard with promo for this one, rounded up the biggest features in the game, but the album wasn't able to move more than 50k opening week. With the decrease of hip-hop album sales forever waning, this isn't horrible, but it isn't the "classic" numbers French may have...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: September 22
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    This past week The Weeknd dominated the charts, although he was outshone only by country star Keith Urban. The race between the country star and r'n'b star was a close one, with 3,000 units making the difference for the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. The race was so close, in fact, that Drizzy and The Weeknd prematurely celebrated, when Drake congratulated his friend at his recent L.A. show....
  • Charts Don't Lie: December 15
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    This segment of Charts Don't Lie is relatively subdued, as we have no big new entries to speak of just yet. While Childish Gambino's new album, Because The Internet, dropped last week, it has yet to start charting although it is expected to sell a pretty respectable amount, especially considering it's double the amount of his last release, Camp. Gambino is projected to move 80-90k  while Camp...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 10
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    Well, it looks like DJ Khaled will in fact not be suffering from success with his latest album. His second week on the charts finds him plummeting more than 20 spots, and moving less than 10,000 units. However if there is one rapper we could say has suffered from success, it is most definitely Eminem. Em's highly anticipated album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, finally dropped this past week, and the...
  • Remembering: The Notorious B.I.G.
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    Exactly 16 years ago, the rap game changed forever. Christopher George Latore Wallace, more commonly known as The Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed during a drive by shooting in Los Angeles. This after the equally devastating murder of Tupac Shakur several months earlier. All on the coat tails of one of the most intense, violent and publicized feuds in music history, but that’s not what...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: October 27
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    Nothing too big transpired on the charts this week when it comes to hip-hop. That's not to say there weren't hip-hop releases-- there most definitely were, however, none could top Drake's Nothing Was The Same at #4 on the Billboard 200. And if DJ Khaled's low sales projections are correct, Khaled probably won't top Drizzy either next week. Dom Kennedy's album Get Home Safely sold over 13k opening...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 16
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    This week all eyes are Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller. But mainly Kanye West. The three rappers are releasing their respective projects two days from now (Tuesday, June 18th) and we will be watching the sales and the charts to see where each artist lands. While it's been generally assumed that Yeezy will lord over the other releases, there have been some people who say Cole's Born Sinner will...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 2
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    The Grammys had a positive effect in terms of album sales, as those nominated and those who won both received a boost in the past seven days. Despite Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city not taking home a Grammy, the rapper still saw a spike in his sales and an almost twenty-spot jump up the charts. Of course, four-time Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also benefited this past week,...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: January 5
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    With the holiday season winding down, we're still seeing the affect it had on the charts and the sales. It seems like almost everyone on today's Charts round-up had an increase in sales and a rise up the Billboard 200 in the past seven days except for B.o.B. Unfortunately, Underground Luxury does not seem to be taking off in any way, and although it was released in time to give as a Christmas...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 7th
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    It’s true that rapper’s like Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins have platinum selling albums. While others such as J. Cole and Big Sean do not. The reason rests not in the quality of their product, but rather when they were released. Despite the arrival of online file sharing, the music industry didn’t fall into disarray instantly. In fact, as far as hip hop is concerned it enjoyed...
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