Sales Wrap: T.I.'s "Paper Trail" Tops Charts, Besting Next-Ups Jennifer Hudson & Robin Thicke

Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 6:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne


In this week's Sales Wrap, the "King" returns as T.I. grabs No. 1, Jennifer Hudson places the spotlight on No. 2 and Robin Thicke smoothly lands within Top 5 as he debuts at No. 3.

The numbers don't lie when it comes to the self-proclaimed "King of the South" as his new album Paper Trail easily controls the top position on this week's charts. According to the Nielsen SoundScan, Tip's third consecutive No. 1 album moved 568,400 units after just seven days in stores. 

Former "American Idol" star Jennifer Hudson followed at No. 2 with the release of her long-awaited self-titled debut. At the end of her first seven days in stores, the Chi-town singer's debut has sold 217,200 copies.

Also making his highly anticipated return back to store shelves is soft voiced Robin Thicke as Something Else debuts at No. 3 this week. Thicke's album scanned 136,900 units sold in its' opening week.

Ne-Yo shows he's all about class this time around as Year of the Gentleman continues to stay atop the charts landing No. 6 this week selling 70,100 units. After three weeks on stores shelves, the album has sold an impressive 403,500 copies.

Soulful singer Jazmine Sullivan has already joined the ranks promising voices to be compared to top R&B talent like Lauryn Hill. Her debut disc Fearless stays on the charts, landing at No. 10 going in to her second week on shelves selling 42,000 albums. Available in stores for the past two weeks, Sullivan's debut album has pushed a total of 107,900 units.

Foreshadowing what the economy has succumbed to as of lately, Young Jeezy's The Recession has landed at No. 12 selling 38,800 copies. His third Def Jam release is led by the hit single "Vacation" and after five weeks out has sold 489,700 copies.

Another Southern rapper showing why he's the top selling artist on the charts is Lil' Wayne with Tha Carter III reaching No. 14 this week selling 34,600 copies and a total of 2,523,300 units on his latest release.

Showing off their girl power is the pop group Pussycat Dolls who hit No. 17 with their sophomore album Doll Domination selling 29,800 copies. With two weeks under the belts, the band has sold 108,500 albums.

West Coast rapper The Game keeps his region alive as L.A.X. lands at No. 18 with a total of 28,100 albums sold this week. This, his third album, has now tipped up to 476,000 records after six weeks in stores.

Murs, another West Side rapper dropped his first major label release Murs for President , which debuts at No. 43 this week. The disc features production from 9th Wonder and Nottz plus appearances by fellow West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg. Murs' opening week numbers pan out at 12,600 copies.

R&B vixen Rihanna remains in the charts after months in stores as her re-released Good Girl Gone Bad grabs No. 19 selling a stellar 28,000 albums this week and pushed 1,867,500 units out of stores.

Grammy-nominated singer Joe hangs in there on the charts this week. His latest project Joe Thomas, New Man shows fans still support the R&B crooner as he grabs a hold of No. 21 with 24,600 discs out the door. After 14 days in stores, Joe's new album has sold a total of 78,900 records.

Eric Benet's Love and Life lands at No. 40 selling 13,700 copies this week to total 84,000 in four weeks.

British soul singer Leona Lewis and her platinum-certified album Spirit reaches No. 26 selling 21,600 copies this week. The UK singer's debut has sold a solid 1,146,700 albums after 26 weeks in the US.

Meanwhile, Nelly's Brass Knuckles reaches No. 33 selling 17,500 copies this week. The St. Lunatic leader has not matched the hype of his previous releases. After a four-year hiatus, and a new album in stores for three weeks, Nelly's Knuckles bunched up 127,000 record sales.

Known for popularizing the saying "We Tha Best," DJ Khaled's We Global has dropped to No. 45 selling 11,900 copies this week. After three weeks on shelves, the disc has sold a total of 79,500 copies.

Lastly, while T.I. grabbed the top spot, his crew member Big Kuntry King landed at No. 95, with his first week debut album sales of 6,100 for My Turn To Eat. Further down on the charts is Dem Franchize Boyz's Our World Our Way which sold 5,200 at No. 115. Helta Skeltah's D.I.R.T. sits on the bottom of the pile at t No. 115.

Check back next week to see how much of an impact Houston rapper Devin the Dude will have on the Sales Wrap.

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