This week on the R&B charts we saw new albums from Ashanti and Lalah Hathaway plus an updated version of Chris Brownâs platinum album âExclusiveâ all of which made top 10 debuts. However, this weekâs best entry goes to Lalah Hathaway, the R&B singer and daughter of legendary soul singer Donnie Hathaway. Hathaway who released her fifth album âSelf Portraitâ earned her first top 10 R&B chart debut led by the single âLet Go.â âSelf Portrait,â her first release since 2004’s âOutrun The Skyâ features collaborations with Rahsaan Patterson and Sandra St. Victor. Hathaway is joined by Chris Brownâs âExclusiveâ which jumps in at #3 moving 36,000 copies and Ashantiâs âThe Declarationâ which bows at #2 on Billboardâs Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Even though Ashantiâs âDeclarationâ faired well on the R&B charts, the princess of hip hop and R&Bâs overall sales totaled 87,000 copies, a drop for the singer whose last album âConcrete Roseâ debuted with 254,000 copies sold. The Declaration enters the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #6. Elsewhere on the charts, Usherâs âHere I Standâ slid in at #3 this week with 145,000 copies, a 67% decrease in sales from his debut at 433, 000 just last week. According to Billboard, the âLove In This Clubâ crooners âConfessionsâ held on to the #1 spot in 2004 for nine nonconsecutive weeks.
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