It was country singer Kenny Chesney’s week on the Billboard 200, as he beats out new releases from two hip-hop heavyweights in Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane.
While Chesney did his thing, so did Lil Wayne with I Am Not A Human Being. The set opens at no. 2 with 110,000 copies sold … digital copies that is. The set was initially intended as a digital-exclusive release, however, the CD version (with three additional tracks) will street on October 12.
Weezy’s set follows the No. 2 debut and peak earlier this year of his Rebirth album, which landed with 176,000 back in February.
Later, Gucci Mane earns his second top 10 album, as The Appeal: Georgia’s Most WantedThe State Vs. Radric Davis, when it debuted and peaked at no. 10 with 90,000.
Eminem’s Recovery climbed one spot from last week to no. 5 with 59,000; Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain and Pleasure held steady at no. 7 with 42,000; and Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns falls three to no. 8 with 42,000.
Outside the top 10 is John Legend and The Roots’ collaborative album, Wake Up!, sitting at no. 12 with another 31,000 copies sold.
Lil Boosie’s Incarcerated opened at no. 13 with 30,000; Lecrae’s Rehab opens at no. 17 with 28,000; and Ice Cube’s lfirst album in two years, I Am The West, debuts outside the top 20 at no. 22 with 22,000 copies sold to start.
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 Oct. 3) totaled 5.31 million units, up 6% compared to the sum last week (5.03 million) and down 23% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.88 million).