When Lupe Fiasco fans caused an uproar online against Atlantic Records, hoping to force the label to release his long awaited Lasers album, it’s likely, they didn’t expect this day to happen … the day it topped the charts.
The Chicago rapper’s third album topped the Billboard 200 this week, selling 204,000 copies in its first week out. It marks Lupe’s first #1 album, and best sales week to date.
His sophomore release, The Cool, opened at #15 with 143,000 at the end of 2007, and his Food & Liquor started at #8 with 81,000 in 2006.
Congrats Lupe. Looks like fans do have a voice these days.
After opening at #2 last week, Marsha Ambrosius’ solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, fell all the way to #8 this week, selling 41,000 copies, bringing her total to 137,000.
Just outside the top 10 was Raekwon’s anticipated Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang album, his first new album since 2009’s surprise smash Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II. The new album debuts at #12, selling 29,000 units, independently, in its first week.
A couple spots down was Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans, landing at #14 with 25,000 sold; Rihanna’s Loud places at #15 with just under 25,000 sold; Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday sits at #16 with 25,000; and Eminem’s Recovery closes out the top 20 at #19 with 22,000.
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 13) totaled 6.22 million units, down 2% compared to the sum last week (6.34 million) and up 2% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (6.09 million).