Sales Wrap: Beyonce Stays Fierce, Kanye Hearts Platinum & Keyshia Cole Finds Gold

Thursday, Jan 8, 2009 9:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

In this week's Sales Wrap, Beyonce comes in second place, Kanye West hits third base, and Keyshia Cole reaches gold after three weeks.

Grammy winning singer Beyonce continues to showcase her raw talent as I Am...Sasha Fierce remained at No. 2. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Beyonce's third album sold 76,900 units and has pushed an impressive 1,535,800 discs after seven weeks on shelves.

Kanye West's 808's & Heartbreak moved up two spots to No. 3 selling 70,900 copies of his latest effort. After a month and a half on stores shelves, Ye's new disc stands at 1,094,900 sold units.

Keyshia Cole's A Different Me remained at No. 7 with 53,600 pieces sold. With three weeks under her belt, Cole's new album has officially been certified gold, with 502,200 scanned discs.

Academy Award winning singer Jamie Foxx's Intuition moved up a notch securing No. 8 this week selling 44,600 discs. After three weeks in stores, Foxx's new album rests at 414,500.

Konvict Muzik label head Akon received a position boost this week, moving up five spots to No. 11 as Freedom sold 36,700 copies. With five weeks in the books, Akon's third album has sold 350,300 units.

Self-proclaimed "King of the South" T.I.'s Paper Trail advanced two spots to No. 13 with 32,200 units sold. After 14 weeks in stores, Tip's sixth solo project rests at 1,554,300.

Ludacris's Theater of the Mind also received a steady boost moving 17 spots upward to No. 14. with 31,300 scanned units. After six weeks, Luda's latest album has sold 470,400.

Southern rapper Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter III moved up 13 positions to No. 19 selling 26,000. Selling the most units out of 2008 and sitting on store shelves for the past 30 weeks, Weezy's new album sits at 2,900,400.

Florida-bred emcee Plies' Da REAList flew up 16 spots to No. 20 with 24,700 copies sold. After three weeks of availability, the disc has pushed 192,100 units.

R&B hottie Rihanna'sGood Girl Gone Bad moved forward by 8 spots landing at No. 21 also with 24,700. With an astounding 83 weeks on store shelves, the singer's latest project has sold 2,258,200.

Ne-Yo's Year of the Gentleman continues to perform well on the charts moving up 9 spots to No. 31 with 21,100 discs sold. After 16 weeks, the singer's third project rests at 796,600.

Anthony Hamilton's Point of it All moved up one spot to No. 38 with 18,800 scanned copies. With three weeks under his belt, Anthony's latest solo project has sold a total of 197,600 units.

Common's Universal Mind Control returned within the Top 50 moving up 11 spots to No. 40 with 17,300 sold copies. The Chi-town emcee's new album now stands at 166,400 completing its first full month in stores.

T-Pain's Thr33 Ringz moved up two spots to No. 41 selling 17,300. After two months of availability, Pain's new album rests at 430,100.

Wrapping up the Top 50 this week is John Legend's Evolver which dropped one position to No. 45 with 15,700 scanned copies. The R&B singer's third album rests at 466,400 after ten weeks in stores.

Be sure to check Sales Wrap next week to find out what releases will reign supreme atop the charts.

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