Fabolous had his hands full in the fight for no. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart this week, as he was pushed off the top of the hill by country superstar Toby Keith.
The rapper settled for no. 2 with his first album in three years, From Nothin’ To Somethin’, scanning 158,600 copies this week, 46,000 and some change short of putting up any sort of fight for Keith.
Despite coming in second, Fabolous’ no. 2 position is the highest-charting of his career to date, beating out his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, which opened at no. 4 with 143,000 scans, and 2003’s Street Dreams, which came in at no. 3 with 184,600 sold.
Next is T-Pain, who after debuting at no. 1 last week, slips to no. 5, selling 82,000 more copies of his sophomore album, Epiphany, a 52% drop from last week’s numbers. Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight moves up on slot to no. 6 moving 82,000 as well.
Rihanna was edged out by T-Pain for no. 2 last week, and dropped in her second week to no. 7, selling 81,000 copies of Good Girl Gone Bad.
Another strong debut comes from DJ Khaled, who earns his first Billboard 200 top 10 spot with We The Best, sliding in at no. 8. The set moved 79,000 copies, fueled by the hit single, “Takin’ Over” (featuring T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Lil’ Wayne & Baby), which recently peaked at no. 28 and no. 11 on the Hot 100 and Hot Rap Tracks charts, respectively. His last release, 2006’s Listennn: The Album, almost made the top 10, but settled for no. 12 instead with 44,000 sold.
Singer Amy Winehouse managed to stay within the top 10 with Back To Black, clinging to the no. 10 spot for a second week, selling 74,000 copies.
Other debuts this week include Something to Talk About, a collaborative effort from the late Gerald Levert and his father, Eddie Levert Sr., which opens at no. 19 with 42,000 units scanned; The Definition of X: The Pick of the Litter, a greatest-hits collection from DMX, which sold 35,000 and takes the no. 26 spot; and Reggae Gold 2007, a compilation album featuring contributions from Sean Paul, Buju Banton, and Elephant Man, among others, which took no. 152 with 5,700 sold.
According to Billboard, album sales are up 9.5% from last week’s total at 9.58 million units and down 7.9% compared to the same week last year.