Album Charts: New ‘Michael’ Album Opens At #3 — R. Kelly, Diddy-Dirty Money Land In Top 10

Michael album coverTaylor Swift beat out Susan Boyle for battle at the top of the charts, with the country singer coming in at no. 1 and Boyle at no. 2 on this week’s Billboard 200. But new albums from Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and Diddy-Dirty Money were able to all grab spots in this week’s top 10 positions.

Michael Jackson’s highly-anticipated Michael album enters the Billboard 200 this week at no. 3, selling 228,000 copies — much more than initially projected, said

It’s the late pop star’s ninth solo album to reach the top 10, and follows his no. 1 set from a year ago, This Is It, which debuted with 373,000.

A few slots later, at no. 6, is R. Kelly’s new Love Letter, starting off with 154,000, and giving the R&B vet his 13th top 10 set. Last year, he opened at no. 4 with Untitled, which sold 114,000.

Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris begins at no. 7 with 101,000 units sold. His last album, Press Play, opened at no. 1 in 2006, selling 170,000.

Behind Diddy is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday, holding steady in the top 10 for a fourth week, as it slips two spots to no. 8 with 97,000.

Rihanna’s Loud slipped outside the the top this week, coming in at no. 11 with 84,000 copies sold, taking her total past gold sales with 579,000 sold to date.

And, closing out the top 20 is T.I.’s No Mercy, well fell from no. 4 in its opening week to no. 20 this week with 69,000. The album’s two-week total is 229,000.

The only other hip-hop debut this week comes from D-Block’s Sheek Louch, whose Def Jam solo release, Donnie G: Don Gorilla, opens at no. 198 with 5,500 copies sold.

That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to

According to, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 19) totaled 12.50 million units, up 23% compared to the sum last week (10.20 million) and down 17% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (15.14 million).

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