There are a few different new albums that impacted the Billboard 200 this week. There’s a new Gorillaz album and another from Jimmy Hendrix, but it’s Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes that reigns at no. 1.
Luda’s new album gave the rapper his fourth no. 1 album on the 200 charts, selling 137,000 copies. It’s the rapper’s follow-up to 2008’s Theater of the Mind, which peaked at no. 5. His previous no. 1 albums include 2006’s Release Therapy, 2004’s The Red Light District, and 2003’s Chicken N Beer.
According to Billboard.com, Battle of The Sexes ties Luda for the third-most no. 1s among rap acts. His four ties him with the Beastie Boys, but he trails behind the likes of TUpac, DMX, Eminem, and Nas who have five no. 1s. But, the all-time leader is Jay-Z, with 11.
In at no. 2 is the brand new album from the Gorillaz. Their third studio effort, Plastic Beach, selling 112,000 copies — recording both their highest debut, and best selling week to date.
Jimi Hendrix’s Valleys of Neptune starts atbo. 4, selling 95,000 units sold. It’s the legendary singer/guitarist’s highest-charting album since The Cry of Love reached no. 3 in 1971. The album consists of a recently discovered collection of previously unreleased studio recordings Hendrix made before he died in 1970. Since his passing, Hendrix has been seemingly ever-present on the Billboard 200, as he’s charted 34 posthumous albums.
Later, a couple slots down is Sade’s Soldier of Love, down four spots at no. 6 with 52,000; Lady Gaga’s The Fame fell to no. 8 with 48,000; and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. lands at no. 9 with 43,000.
Outside the top 10, there’s Lil Wayne’s Rebirth landing at no. 12 with 27,000 copies.
While the last new hip-hop debut comes from the Kidz In The Hall. Their album Land of Make Believe opens at no. 182 with 2,900 copies sold.
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 March 14) totaled 6.1 million units, down 3% compared with the sum last week (6.3 million) and down 8% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.6 million).