News: Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" To Lose No. 1 Spot, 160K Projected In Week 3

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009 8:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 will reportedly lose out on holding the number one spot on the sales charts this week, however, it is still projected to sell up to 160,000 additional copies.

After 21 days in the stores, Hov will reportedly near platinum status with a possible combined total of 934,000 scanned discs .

Just two six-figure totals next week (place standard disclaimer here), but they'll be racked up by the Roc Nation and Monkeywrench teams. Pearl Jam is looking to debut in the 200k area while Jay-Z will fall down to No. 2 with an estimated 150k to 160k in sales. In their second week, Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon is projected to sell 35-40k and Drake's So Far Gone is slated for 35-40k. (Hits Daily Double)

Already bypassing the late Elvis Presley for most number one albums, Hov's latest project reached gold status last week.

Serving as his first Roc Nation debut, Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 held on to the top spot this week moving 297,900 albums. The rapper's 11th number one album has sold a combined total of 774,000 copies in just 14 days. (Sales Wrap)

Hov also had to struggle through an early leak of his Blueprint 3 album nearly two weeks prior to its official release.

"I may be the most bootlegged artist in history," he said in an interview after learning the news. "It's a preview. I'm excited for people to hear the album. I'm very proud of the work I've down, so enjoy it...My pager is actually ringing right now, so people are probably calling me and telling me they pretty much like it. I can tell by the way my pager rings if a song is good or not. It's really going crazy right now." (MTV)

Despite nearing his 40th birthday this December, Jay recently explained why he could not easily give up his spot atop the rap game.

"I hear it all the time -- 'Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in,'" Jay explained in an interview. "But you don't become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes...If you grow up listening to hip-hop, you love hip-hop and that's the end of it. But if you're a 30 year-old rapper still trying to make music like you're 15, then you're making it narrow. At my age, I can't relate to a 15 year-old. I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group -- it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast...Kanye is really the father to the next generation -- he's from the school of Q-Tip, and now Drake and Kid Cudi are from the school of 'Ye. And, when you look at Kanye, you have to look at Lil Wayne. I think they're like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James." (Reuters)

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