Hip-hop takes album chart to Banks

Top spot sates 'Hunger'; Usher remains in #2 position

Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent’s cohort in the rap group G-Unit, topped the nation’s album sales chart for the week ended July 4, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

“Hunger for More,” Banks’ debut solo release for G-Unit/Interscope, sold 433,000 copies in its first sesh, driven by the hot single “On Fire.”

Banks led a pack of 13 new releases in the top 50, with none of the others able to unseat Usher’s “Confessions” (LaFace) from the No. 2 spot, which it held onto for the fourth straight week with sales of 148,000.

Brandy’s “Afrodisiac” (Atlantic), her first album in more than two years, took third on sales of 131,000. The former “Moesha” star’s previous two albums opened with sales of just under 160,000; both debuted at No. 2.

Last week’s No. 1, Jadakiss’ “Kiss of Death” (Interscope), slid 50% to No. 4. Opening stanza for Lil’ Wayne’s “Tha Carter” (Universal/Cash Money) resulted in sales of 116,000 and a fifth place finish, followed by the Beastie Boys’ “To the Five Boroughs” (Capitol), making the top six albums all R&B/hip-hop.

The Cure’s first album for Geffen (their 19th overall) sold 91,000 copies to hit No. 7 and post their best debut week in a dozen years. The Dave Matthews Band’s live two-disc CD/DVD “The Gorge” (RCA), the act’s fourth live album released in the last three years, landed at No. 10 on sales of 83,000.

“Spider-Man 2” soundtrack saw a sales bump of about 2,000 — to 84,000 — but slid two spaces to No. 9 in the first week the album was in stores and the Sony pic was in theaters.

Other debuts included Rush’s album of 1960s songs “Feedback” (Atlantic) at No. 19 on sales of 48,000 and Breaking Benjamin just 231 units behind with “We Are Not Alone” (Hollywood). Country singer Joe Nichols’ “Revelation” (Universal) sold 43,000, and “The Curse” from Victory Records’ Atreyu moved 34,000.

Funkateers Slum Village saw their “Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit)” (Capitol) sell 31,000 at No. 37; Uncle Kracker’s “72 and Sunny” (Lava) came in at 29,000; Universal twin act Nina Sky cracked 27,000 to edge out “The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits Vol. 8” (Image Entertainment); and Maroon 5’s “1.22.03 Acoustic” (October/J) sounded out 26,000.

Country duo Big & Rich’s “Horse of a Different Color” posted the week’s biggest gain of 16,000 to 65,000. Act’s single “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” is the theme for ESPN’s “World Series of Poker.”

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