Mary’s ‘Growing Pains’ Sells 629,000 First Week

Published: Thursday 27th Dec 2007 by Sam
Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige made a huge impact on the Billboard 200 album chart with her eighth studio album ‘Growing Pains’. The Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul sold through an impressive 629,000 copies of the LP – the follow-up to her 2005 multi platinum effort ‘The Breakthrough’. Despite this, Blige charted at #2 – unable to oust Josh Groban’s ‘Noel’ album from the top spot (which sold 757,000 in it’s third week of release).
In other album news, Alicia Keys’ ‘As I Am’, currently #3 on the chart, enjoys a 62% sales increase with 474,000 copies sold. Chris Brown continues to sell consistently with ‘Exclusive’, selling 176,000. Jaheim’s ‘Making Of A Man’ enters at #11 with 176,000 units shifted, whilst Lupe Fiasco’s ‘The Cool’ occupies the #15 spot with 143,000 copies sold.
Lower down the chart, Bow Wow and Omarion’s ‘Face Off’ takes a tumble – dropping 11-29 with 89,000 sold. In what must be an embarrassment for Disturbing The Peace star Chingy, the rapper’s latest LP ‘Hate It Or Love It’ came in at a dismal #84, having sold just 31, 517 copies. Ouch.

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  1. Anonymous December 27, 2007

    CONGRATS TO MARY J. AND ALICIA IS STILL ON TOP OF HER GAME. THATS AMAZING!!!! AND FOR CHINGY THATS WAS EXPECTED. THE SINGLE IS SOME TRASH. BRING THE OLD CHINGY BACK “RIGHT THUR”

  2. Anonymous December 27, 2007

    smh at chingy…damn even shareefa did better than that lol…thats gotta hurt…but i never understood how artists that nobody is checking for get to put out albums wtf

  3. Anonymous December 27, 2007

    wow. josh groban has got to go. LOL.

  4. Anonymous December 27, 2007

    i agree! STOP BUYIN THAT MANS CD PLEASE! LOL

  5. Anonymous December 28, 2007

    Jaheim’s ‘Making Of A Man’ enters at #11 with 176,000 units shifted, whilst Lupe Fiasco’s ‘The Cool’ occupies the #15 spot with 143,000 copies sold

    aint heard jaheims yet, but ive got lupes and hes done another fantastic album, there was so much hype around it

  6. KidKlassic91 December 28, 2007

    CONGRATS TO MJB…DA MVP! lol… I’m not a fan and i wasnt gonna buy her CD when it came out( even though i have a poster of the release date and album on my wall… She doesn’t really do much for me.

    Everytime people sell like this, i think of when Kelly Rowland said “the music industry as changed”… and that was the reason why she sold 80,000+ copies.. If Alicia and Mary can do it… why couldn’t she…

    I was gonna buy Face Off cuz i liked a few of their songs…but I’m a bigger fan of Omarion than Bow Wow and he seem to be rapping more than Omarion is singing… I didn’t like that so I didn’t make a effort to buy that album… I can’t wait for Omarion’s next album though… I don’t care much for Bow wow

  7. Cloudzero2006 December 29, 2007

    congrats to mary, growing pains is a GREAT album, i cant believe that alicia has sold over 2 million copies in total since the release, i thought lupe would of sold more considering the hype around the album, wasnt too surprised with the flop of face off, it isnt THAT great, but i am surprised with chingy’s album as it is a good album, with quite a few decent tracks

  8. brandon December 30, 2007

    josh groban’s cd has been out since october, not just three weeks. and he’s breaking records, it’s a little crazy considering it’s only a christmas album. but he’s got the best selling album of the year. i figured mary would find it difficult taking him down.

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