Eminem was finally knocked outta the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, thanks to new releases from Katy Perry and Fantasia.
Perry’s new Teenage Dream landed at no. 1 selling 192,000 giving the singer her best sales week to date, while former “American Idol” champ Fantasia starts at no. 2 with Back To Me selling 117,000 copies.
The mark is Fantasia’s highest charting album yet. Her 2004 debut, Free Yourself, started and peaked at no. 8 in 2004, while her sophomore effort Fantasia topped out at no. 19 in 2006.
Eminem finally dipped this week to no. 3 with Recovery, selling another 98,000 copies.
Usher enters at no. 4 with his new Versus album, selling 46,000. He also came in at no. 19 with Raymond v Raymond selling 20,000. The latter set was re-issued in a deluxe edition with Versus as a bonus disc. The new Versus gives Usher his sixth top 10 album.
After debuting at no. 2 last week, Kem’s Intimacy drops four spots to no. 6 with 30,000.
Rick Ross’ Teflon Don comes in at no. 17 this week, selling 21,000; and Drake’s Thank Me Later closes out the top 20 at no. 18 with 20,000 sold … taking his album past platinum sales.
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 Aug. 29) totaled 5.12 million units, up 1% compared to the sum last week (5.07 million) and down 12% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.82 million).