This week’s new Billboard 200 chart is topped by the uber popular group, the Black Eyed Peas, while Eminem, Mos Def, and Pretty Ricky’s Pleasure P also fared well.
The Peas’ new album, The E.N.D., lands at no. 1 this week, selling 304,000 in its opening week, the hip-pop act’s best sales week ever and their first no. 1 album as well. Previously, they had only reached as high as no. 2. Although their last two albums — Elephunk and Monkey Business — have gone on to reach multi-platinum sales, their best week came in 2005 when Monkey Business opened with 291,000 copies sold.
The new album is powered by the smash single, “Boom Boom Pow,” as well as their new song “I Gotta Feeling,” both of which are occupying the Hot 100’s top two slots.
In at no. 3 is Eminem’s Relapse, which finally reaching platinum status with 88,000 copies sold this week.
Down the line at no. 6 is Lady GaGa’s The Game, which climbed up two spots and sold another 47,000 copies.
As for new releases, Mos Def dropped Ecstatic and it opens at no. 9 with 39,000 copies, earning the rapper his second top 10 set.
Former Pretty Ricky member, Pleasure P, makes his solo debut with The Introduction of Marcus Cooper bowing at the no. 10 spot, with sales of just under the 39,000 mark.
Much later down the rankings comes DJ Quik and Kurupt’s collaborative effort, BlaQKout, which opens at no. 61 with 8,700 units scanned.
According to Billboard.com, Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 14) totaled 6.34 million units, down 0.6% compared to the sum last week (6.39 million) and down 31.7% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (9.29 million).
The number is down so much, because the same week last year saw the release of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, which notched the biggest sales week of 2008 with over 1 million.