Hathaway’s Top 10 Debut, Ashanti’s Quiet Declaration plus Usher’s Slide On The Charts

This week on the R&B charts we saw new albums from Ashanti and Lalah Hathaway plus an updated version of Chris Brown’s platinum album “Exclusive” all of which made top 10 debuts. However, this week’s best entry goes to Lalah Hathaway, the R&B singer and daughter of legendary soul singer Donnie Hathaway. Hathaway who released her fifth album “Self Portrait” earned her first top 10 R&B chart debut led by the single “Let Go.” “Self Portrait,” her first release since 2004’s “Outrun The Sky” features collaborations with Rahsaan Patterson and Sandra St. Victor. Hathaway is joined by Chris Brown’s “Exclusive” which jumps in at #3 moving 36,000 copies and Ashanti’s ‘The Declaration” which bows at #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Even though Ashanti’s “Declaration” faired well on the R&B charts, the princess of hip hop and R&B’s overall sales totaled 87,000 copies, a drop for the singer whose last album “Concrete Rose” debuted with 254,000 copies sold. The Declaration enters the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #6. Elsewhere on the charts, Usher’s “Here I Stand” 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 “Love In This Club” crooners “Confessions” held on to the #1 spot in 2004 for nine nonconsecutive weeks.

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