[Dime Time News] And You Say Chi City! Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor II’ Debuts At NO. 5
Lupe Fiasco’s return to the charts may be just as controversial as his new album. The Chicago MC’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 enters at No. 5 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.
Led by the singles “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and “B**ch Bad,” Lupe’s fourth effort for Atlantic Records sold 89,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was enough to claim the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Although it was the highest-performing hip-hop album of the week, the sales do not compare to his past releases. Lasers shifted 204,000 copies, while 2007’s The Cool moved 143,000 units. Food & Liquor II sold slightly more than Lupe’s 2006 debut, Food & Liquor, which did 81,000 in its opening week.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Pink’s The Truth About Love gave a solid second-week performance with 94,000 units and holds the No. 4 spot, while Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer slides 2-7 with 55,000.
Way to go Lupe! Chicago Mane!
-DJ Dimepiece “The Mixin’ Vixen”