This week in sales proves the power of R&B and the fading of some of Hip-hop powerhouses.  Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman debuts at #2, moving an impressive 250,600 units this week. Nelly made his return with Brass Knuckles debuting at #3 selling 83,715 albums, a far cry from his first week numbers for Sweat and Suit, his last two albums.  DJ Khaled’s We Global debuted in the Top 10 this week landing at #7 selling 49,570 copies.

Additional Reporting by Rashaan Meador

Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne along with Ne-Yo will be hitting the stage for a special one night only “Powerhouse” event in New Jersey hosted by NY radio station Power 105.1. The event is produced by Live Nation, Mr. S.Carter’s current employer.  He made history at this annual event by squashing his beef with Nas in 2005.  Powerhouse starts Tuesday, October 28 at East Rutherford, N.J.’s Izod Center at 7 p.m. and tickets go on sale September 12 at noon.

Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador


In a recent interview with the BBC R&B singing sensation, the hat wearing Ne Yo explained how until he left America he didn’t realize how big the world was. (NOTE TO SCHOOLS…TEACH MORE GEOGRAPHY). Talking on expanding his fan base with up and coming third album Year of the Gentleman, Ne Yo had this to say on his understanding of life beyond his back yard.

“I didn’t realize until I got out of America how small it is compared to the rest of the world. Take the World Cup – it’s the biggest thing on the planet everywhere else but America. We came over here right in the midst of it in 2006, and you could get killed if you walked into a bar with the wrong jersey on! It was amazing to see how America is so much in its own box. But once I got out I thought: “Hey, forget America – this is the rest of the world! This is a huge planet!”.

We are pleased he has made that discoveryNe Yo.

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