A new album from Michael Buble and the soundtrack for “Twighlight: New Moon” killed Mario’s hopes at scoring a debut within the top 5, but he still managed to do well.
Mario’s fourth album, D.N.A., entered the Billboard 200 at no. 9, selling almost 32,000 copies. But, he land at no. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The new album is the singer’s second top 10 and first since his self-titled debut peaked at no. 9 way back in 2002. His last effort, 2007’s Go, peaked at no. 21 in its debut week, but did sell more — a total of 77,000.
Before Mario was Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 moving up two slots to no. 3 with 55,000, while the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. shot up from no. 23 to no. 6 with just under 40,000 sold, and to round out the top 10 was Mariah Carey’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel falling three spots with 31,000.
Whitney Houston’s I Look To You landed at no. 15 this week, selling around 24,000 copies, while Lady Gaga’s The Fame sat at no. 19.
That does it for this week’s top tier.
We had one more new release though. Debuting at no. 129 was a new release from Death Row Records under new ownership. It was a new Snoop Doggy Dogg record called Death Row: The Lost Sessions Volume 1, selling just 4,400 copies.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 18) totaled 5.84 million units, down 7% compared to the sum last week (6.27 million) and down 11% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.53 million).