Sales Wrap: 50 Cent Destructs Into Top 5, Rakim Makes His Return To The Charts Plus Leona Lewis & Janet Jackson Debut

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 12:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

In this week's Sales Wrap, 50 Cent makes his long-awaited return to the charts at No. 5, Rakim brings hip-hop back into the mix landing just outside of Top 50, Jay-Z keeps putting up numbers and Leona Lewis and Janet Jackson debut on the charts.

50 Cent's long-awaited Before I Self Destruct debuted on the charts this week earning the rapper his lowest opening to date at No. 5 and losing out to John Mayer's Battle Studies which debuted at No. 1 with 285,700 copies. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the G-Unit leader's new album has sold 161,200 records its first week in stores.

The late Michael Jackson's This Is It compilation fell out of Top 5 for the first time landing three slots down to No. 7 with 95,700. After a month in stores, the singer's soundtrack has moved 782,300 records.

R&B singer Leona Lewis' Echo made its debut on the charts this week opening at No. 13. After seven days of availability, the songbird's new album has sold 67,300 pieces to date.

R&B veteran Janet Jackson's #1's also landed on the charts this week securing a spot at No. 20. With seven days in the books, the compilation disc has pushed 37,600 copies.

Pop group Black Eyed Peas' E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) dropped out of Top 20 this week moving down five spots to No. 25 with 31,200. Headed into their 25th week, the group's latest effort has moved 1,387,400 copies.

Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 took a hard hit dropping 14 positions to No. 30 with 29,100. After 11 weeks on the charts, Hov's new album has moved 1,300,300 records to date.

R&B singer Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce fell nine slots to No. 46 with 15,000. After 53 weeks, the singer's third solo effort has moved 2,507,000 records.

Rap veteran Rakim's 7th Seal landed onto the charts this week opening at No. 61. With seven days to his name, Rakim's comeback album has sold 11,700 copies.

Be sure to check back next week to see how new releases from Rihanna, Birdman and Jay Sean perform on Sales Wrap.

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