This week, the biggest news in album sales comes from Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. The young country sweetheart takes the throne this week, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 with her new album Red, selling 1.2 million copies to start, beating out the Compton rap star.
Kendrick, however, earns a #2 opening with his debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, selling 241,000 albums in its first week. His first major release, via Interscope Records/Aftermath Entertainment, the album features production from Tha Bizness, Scoop Deville, Pharrell, Sounwave, and Hit-Boy, among others, while guest appearances include Dr. Dre, MC Eiht, Drake, Jay Rock, and Anna Wise. Although he was #2 on the major chart, he debuts at #1 on both the R&B/Hip Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts.
Outside of the top 20, the soundtrack for RZA's directional debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, bow at #31 with 12,000 copies sold. It boasts an eclectic line-up of guests, including The Black Keys, Pharoahe Monch, Frances Yip, Marble John, Kanye West, Method Man, RZA, Ghost Face Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Wiz Khalifa, among others.
P.O.S., of Minneapolis indie hip-hop collective Doomtree, debuts at # 47 with We Don't Even Live Here, selling 9,000 copies to start. It's the rapper's third release on Rhymesayers Entertainment. It includes guest appearances from Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, Sims, Mike Mictlan, and Issac Gale, while P.O.S. is assisted with production from Andrew Dawson, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, and Boys Noise. The emcee cancelled his tour last month to battle a kidney condition.
Vinnie Paz debuts at #93 with his sophomore solo album, God Of The Serengeti, which sells 4,300 copies in its first week. The album includes guest appearances from Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep, La Coka Nostra, Kool G Rap, R.A. The Rugged Man, and others. Producer contributors include DJ Lethal, DJ Premier, The Beatnuts, and Havoc.
Big Hutch (aka Cold 187um) debuts at #119 with The Only Solution with 3,400 albums sold. It's the rap vet's sixth retail project and his first solo record to appear in the Billboard top 200.
And finally, Stevie Stone debuts at #167 with Momentum, selling 2,400 copies. This is the second time in the top 200 this year for the Strange Music signee.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 28) totaled 6.28 million units, up 19% compared with the sum last week (5.27 million) and up 12% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.61 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 240.43 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (249.29 million).