The sales figures are in and Kanye West remains ahead of the pack, bringing home his fourth platinum plaque just one day before ‘09.
After 7 weeks, the Chi-Town mega rapper/producer’s latest record, 808s & Heartbreak, has officially moved 1,023,900 units according to Nielsen’s SoundScan. Ye sold 165,100 discs this week, landing him at the number 5 spot on the Billboard 200, 6 spots up from last week.
At number 15 is ATL giant T.I., who sold 78,300 copies of Paper Trail this week. After 13 weeks on the charts Tip has sold an impressive 1,522,100 CDs. 16 spots down is fellow ATLien, Ludacris, who rang up 58,300 units this week. Luda’s 6th solo album, Theater of the Mind, is slowing reaching gold status with 439,200 discs sold after 5 weeks.
Right behind Chris is self-proclaimed “greatest rapper alive” Lil’ Wayne, sitting pretty at number 32. The chart king has managed to sell and additional 57,800 copies of Tha Carter III, bringing his sales total to a whopping 2,874,400.
Further down the list is Florida rapper Plies at number 36. In its second week on the charts, Da Realist, has sold 52,700 units – making his total stand at 167,400. Controversial rapper Soulja Boy, who earlier this week said that Nas was responsible for killing hip-hop, fell 4 spots to number 47. SB’s iSouljaboytellem sold 34, 700 albums in his sophomore week making his total stand at 79,900. – Elan Mancini