A new album from Barbara Streisand and rockers Paramore stopped urban releases from sitting atop the Billboard 200, but Mariah Carey still debuts amongst the top releases, while albums from Ghostface, Mack 10 and Playaz Circle had a mediocre opening.
In at no. 3 is Mariah Carey’s latest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, selling just 168,000 in its opening week. Her last set, 2008’s E=MC2, opened at no. 1 with 463,000, her biggest first-week sum ever.
A few slots later, at no. 6, was Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, falling from last week’s spot at no. 2 with 89,000. The set is right at platinum certified and will hit the mark with just a few thousand sales.
Much later is Whitney Houston’s I Look To You, landing at no. 13 with 51,000 copies sold this week, while Drake’s So Far Gone EP managed to scan another 31,000 units.
Outside the top tier, we have Ghostface Killah’s latest Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In The Emerald City, selling just 19,000 copies to come in at no. 28.
The Playaz Circle’s new release, Flight 360: The Takeoff, sold just 8,000 copies to put it at no. 74 in its first week; Skyzoo’s The Salvation sold 4,500 to open at no. 126; and Mack 10’s Soft White disappoints with nearly 4,000 copies sold to land at no. 141.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 4) totaled 6.87 million units, up 16% compared to the sum last week (5.93 million) and down 8% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (7.50 million).