Last week, Chrisette Michele had the number one record in the country and set a record for both herself and SoundScan. At 88,000 units sold, Epiphany was Michele’s best debut as well as the lowest number one debut in SoundScan’s eighteen year history.


This week, Chrisette as well as Ciara, who came in a disappointing third last week, slid several slots. Sales for Epiphany were down 65% dropping the critically-acclaimed album to No. 8. Ciara’s Fantasy Ride just made it into the top 10 with 26,000 sold.

Rick Ross with Deeper Than Rap was sandwiched between the ladies at No. 9, down four slots from last week.

Overall, critics gave high marks to all three projects and the artists, particularly Ross and Ciara, have been in super promo mode appearing everywhere. The reality is music sales are down significantly – more than 20 percent compared to this week last year.