Rick Ross Is Making Dollars

Mar 19th, 2008 // 8 Comments

rickrossss.jpgRick Ross is owed an apology. His latest album, Trilla, sold 198,000 copies in its first week on shelves, and it debuted at No. 1 on this week’s SoundScan chart, beating out such comers as the always-durable Now collection and the apparently-appealing-to-bloggers-now Snoop Dogg.

Biggest Debuts: Two editions of the Now series had top-20 debuts, with Now 27 selling 169,000 copies and entering at No. 2 and an ’80s-themed version of the collection (oh dear God) selling 34,000 copies and debuting at No. 11. Snoop Dogg’s Ego Trippin’ entered at No. 3 with 137,000 units sold, a slightly disappointing total that made me wonder if his fanbase has shifted over to the “illegal downloaders” side of the fence; Fat Joe’s Elephant In The Room debuted at No. 6 after selling 46,000 copies; Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus’ Best Of Both Worlds live album reeled in 34,000 buyers who figured that buying a CD was cheaper than paying thousands of dollars for a ticket; and the Randy Jackson album proved that hyping an album on TV doesn’t always translate to sales, as it entered the chart at No. 50 after selling 13,000 copies.

Notable Jumps: OK, what show that I don’t watch had a weeper scene scored by OneRepublic songs last week? Not only were sales of Dreaming Out Loud up 52%, enough to propel the album back into the top 20, the total sales of “Apologize” neared the 50,000 mark–not bad for a song that’s been out, well, forever. (The follow-up single, “Stop And Stare,” also had a 37% digital-track-sales spike, and it’s now hovering outside the top 10 on that chart.)

Also, for those of you who were wondering–the one-two punch of being featured during MTV’s commercials for The Hills and being featured on Saturday Night Live helped Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut rise all of 2% week-to-week; the album moved 20,000 copies and inched up from No. 26 to No. 25.

Dropping Off: The Black Crowes’ Warpaint had a 63% sales plunge, falling from No. 5 to No. 34 and selling 17,000 copies. It’s Maxim‘s fault, isn’t it?

Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: In addition to the OneRepublic chart oddness, the freakin’ Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack somehow experienced a 23% sales gain, selling 26,000 copies and jumping to No. 15. Is this because its parent film is now on the in-flight movie rotation for JetBlue?

This week’s top 20, with sales totals in parentheses:
1. Rick Ross, Trilla (198,000)
2. Now 27 (169,000)
3. Snoop Dogg, Ego Trippin’ (137,000)
4. Jack Johnson, Sleep Through The Static (55,000)
5. Alan Jackson, Good Time (53,000)
6. Fat Joe, Elephant In the room (46,000)
7. Sara Bareilles, Little Voice (40,000)
8. Janet Jackson, Discipline (38,000)
9. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One< (35,000)
10. Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus, Best Of Both Worlds (34,000)
11. ’80s: Now That’s What I Call Music (34,000)
12. Taylor Swift (33,000)
13. Alicia Keys, As I Am (32,000)
14. Amy Winehouse, Back To Black (28,000)
15. Alvin & The Chipmunks soundtrack (26,000)
16. Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (26,000)
17. Jonas Brothers (23,000)
18. Colbie Caillat, Coco (22,000)
19. Flogging Molly, Float (22,000)
20. OneRepublic, Dreaming Out Loud (21,000)

  1. futurehorse

    I may be off here, but wasn’t the Vampire Weekend album the Greatest Gainer last week because of SNL? The fact they can pull that, plus have up-tick in sales this week, seems respectable.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @futurehorse: i’d think that the bump for snl would be more counted during the week following the performance, since only the sunday sales would be counted in the post-snl week. but now that i think about it, i’m pretty sure that the mtv spotlighting happened *two* weeks ago. stupid sxsw messing with my sense of time (and not seeing a chart from last week).

  3. defendme

    One Republic were the band on the MTV promos last week, hence their great gains.

    The Vampire Weekend SNL/MTV gains were on the charts the week before.

    It’s ok, math is hard.

  4. Chris Molanphy

    @futurehorse: Yeah, good call: they were G.G. last week. SNL has funny effects on music sales because it broadcasts just one day before the end of SoundScan’s tracking week, but if a guest does well they can explode in sales on that one day.

    So yeah, you’re right: VW has nothing to be ashamed of — they got most of the SNL pop immediately, reflected in the tracking week ended 9 March; and then they got a teeny bit extra in the tracking week ended 16 March. (I’ll bet the rest of those sales happened on Monday the 10th.) All in all, quite solid.

    I’m also going to veer, slightly, from Maura’s cynicism on Now That’s What I Call the 80s — check out that track listing. You and I don’t need this record, and frankly I’m not sure who does at this point in history, but: those are some massive hits they scored the rights to. “Billie Jean”? “Every Breath You Take”? You don’t see those on the average K-Tel comp. Of course, some of the selections are kind of inexcusable (duh! if you’re gonna include schlock-era Heart, you include “Alone” or at least “These Dreams”; and “Shakedown”? ew).

  5. futurehorse

    @Maura Johnston: Ah, it’s cool. I still have no clue what day it is, and this post-SXSW cold is seriously messing with my head. Did you happen to see the VW line at the Parish for that NPR show? If all those people bought a copy of the record that whole 2% up-tick would be up a percentage point or two. I wonder if they’ll see another, post-SXSW gain this week?

  6. Maura Johnston

    @defendme: it’s not ‘math’ so much as it is ‘being in a hotel room without mtv for a week.’ but thanks for the barbie reference!

  7. Anonymous

    Speaking of ‘inexplicable durability’….Jack Johnson anybody??

    And sorry, this is Rick Ross’ “latest album”? Who in the hell is Rick Ross and when were his previous albums??

  8. Anonymous

    And just so we’re clear, Hannah has the dance album, live album, and both of her solo albums on the charts?

    I guess the answer to the question of “Who Charted?” seems pretty evident

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