Billboard’s Number One Is Not So Fabolous Anymore

Fabolous - RollingStone
Fabolous - RollingStone

Keith Caulfield: Mixed blessings for rapper Fabolous, more bad news for the music industry.

The New York rapper topped the latest Billboard 200 album chart after selling a less-than-fabulous 99,000 copies of his new release “Loso’s Way” during the week ended August 2. His previous release, 2007’s “From Nothin’ to Somethin,'” debuted at No. 2 with 159,000 copies.

More ominously, the latest sales period marked just the second July week when not one current album sold at least 100,000 copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

This last happened in 2006, when Johnny Cash’s “American V: A Hundred Highways” was released July 4 and sold 88,000 copies, also enough to debut at No. 1.

The dreary sales story may continue next week. On August 4, the biggest new album release was country group Sugarland’s Wal-Mart-exclusive CD/DVD combo pack “Live on the Inside.” The 10-track CD is paired with a 16-song concert DVD. The album boasts the duo’s covers of…

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