Sales Wrap: T.I.'s "Paper" Still Hot On The Trail, Jeezy Finds Gold In The Recession, Ne-Yo & J. Hud Stay In The Spotlight

Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 7:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

In this week's Sales Wrap, the "King of the South" T.I. continues to conquer, Jennifer Hudson continues to enjoy the spotlight, and Ne-Yo charms up the Top 10. 

T.I appears incapable of losing as Paper Trail stays steady atop the competition landing at No. 2 on this week's charts. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Tip pushed a solid 131,600 units from retail stores this week and 877,600 copies overall.

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson also packed a powerful punch on the charts this week securing the No. 5 spot as her self-titled debut sold 45,800 units. The Chicago-bred singer continues to send people through cash registers with a total of 326,100 albums sold going in to her third week.

Proving the old saying "third time's a charm" is still relevant in today's times, Ne-Yo keeps generating sales as his third Def Jam release, Year of the Gentleman, stayed at No. 8 moving 40,400 units this week. After five weeks on shelves, the album is just shy of gold with a total of 490,700 copies out the door.

Fans for the blue-eyed soul singer stay focused on Something Else as Robin Thicke moves up one notch to No. 11 this week selling 26,500 units. Following-up his platinum selling The Evolution of Robin Thicke, Thicke's latest release continues its steady pace with 202,000 copies sold.

Remaining in headlines for winning big at BET's Hip-Hop Awards, Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter III holds tight at No. 12 this week selling 26,000 copies. Cash Money Records' top-selling artist has sold a total of 2,576,300 units on his latest release.

Proving he's continuing to grow with an emphasis on lyricism this time around, Young Jeezy's The Recession has reached No. 14 selling 24,100 copies this week. His third Def Jam release is led by the smash hit "Vacation" and after seven weeks on shelves has officially passed gold status with 540,600 copies sold.

R&B newcomer Jazmine Sullivan's Fearless shows no fear on the charts this week hitting No. 16 with 23,500 scanned albums. Led by the new hit single "Bust Your Windows," Sullivan's debut album has slowly turned out sales with 158,400 units sold after three weeks in stores.

Video vixen Rihanna also joins Sullivan in the Top 20 after months of being in stores as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad remains at No. 17 selling a solid 23,100 albums this week. After nearly a year and a half on the charts, she has pushed 1,914,400 units out of stores.

British soul singer Leona Lewis refuses to leave the charts as her platinum-certified album Spirit reaches No. 20 selling 19,500 copies this week. The UK singer's debut has moved a solid 1,186,000 albums after 28 weeks in the US.

West Coast's The Game proves he's a one man selling machine as L.A.X. takes hold of No. 21 with a total of 18,600 albums sold this week. L.A.X, his third album, has officially been certified gold after two months in stores with a total of 515,400 copies out the door.

Showing female singers aren't all glitz and glam, pop group Pussycat Dolls slip into the Top 50 at No. 42 with their sophomore album Doll Domination selling 11,500 copies this week. After 5 weeks in stores and the band shelled out a total of 137,200 purchased albums.

Check back next week to see if Tip can be dethroned from hip-hop's top spot on the next rundown of Sales Wrap.

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