Chart Buzz: Katy Perry, Fantasia, Usher, Chris Brown, Kem

Posted September 16, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in Features


Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Katy Perry
, as expected, claimed the #1 spot on Billboard with her sophomore album Teenage Dream; selling well over 192,000 units in the U.S. alone It remains the ninth-best debut so far in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Certain critics and industry analysts predicted that the numbers would be a bit lower since Perry has since sold so many singles and felt she would only and. With over 1 million units being shipped to retail from EMI prior to its street date,  some label execs felt the expectations were just too high for a Katy Perry victory party since most female pop singers “commonly sell a lot of track downloads but don’t enjoy big debut-week album sales;” according to the industry giant publication Billboard. Analysts predict those numbers will continue to drop with other big releases gearing up for the all, but expect it to continue to sell throughout the year and well into the holiday season. Two of her singles from Teenage Dream sit in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (”Teenage Dream”/#2 pop, “California Gurlz”/#7 pop). “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” made its debut at #67 last week.

Coming “Back” to Me
After a tumultuous year loaded with tabloid cliffhangers and a suicide attempt leading up to her big album release, American Idol star and R&B singer Fantasia is celebrating her first #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums survey, according to Billboard. The new album, Back to Me, sold 117,000 units and came in at #2 on the Billboard 200 (pop). Still, the album comes in third-place when compared with her other album releases. Her debut, Free Yourself, sold over 240,000 its first week. “Bittersweet,” the album’s lead single, continues to do well on Adult R&B; spending a third week at #1.

Usher Vs. Usher
is rebounding once more with a new release; hoping to elevate the momentum for his Raymond v Raymond album. Versus, an additional EP filled with omitted tracks from his Raymond v Raymondset, was recently released and made its debut at # on the Billboard 200. “Hot Tottie,” from that release. gave Usher the commendable title of holding down four of the top 40 slot on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s the first time he’s done that being the lead performer on each track. The track, comfortably sitting at #25, also features a guest appearance from Jay-Z. “There Goes My Baby,” “OMG,” “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”  are also in the Top 40. His duet with Justin Beiber on “Somebody to Love” now sits at #71 and climbs the chart from last week’s 97.

Double The Deuces
Chris Brown’s
“Deuces” once again claims the #1 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Mainstream R&B/Hip-hop chart. The song, also featuring rap cameos from the mixtape emcees Tyga and Kevin McCall, remains his first chartbuster since 2006’s “Say Goodbye” and his best-selling single since the meltdown of his career ensuing from his domestic assault with his ex-girlfriend R&B/hip-hop diva Rihanna.

Love Is In the Air
Romantic soulful R&B act Kem celebrated his third project, Intimacy: Part III, coming in at an astounding #2 on the Billboard 2oo on the week of its debut. The week after, Kem’s album dropped to #6. He currently maintains his sovereignty on Adult R&B radio with the lead single “Why Would You Stay?;” resting at #2 on Adult R&B and #18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs survey. Kem has just wrapped up his statewide tour with Raheem DeVaughn, Jaheim and Anthony Hamilton, sponsored by Budweiser.

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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