Country singer Eric Church landed atop the Billboard 200 this week for the first time, while Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black continues to climb in wake of her death. However, there’s quite a few new hip-hop releases making an impact.
One of the week’s highest debuts comes from Kelly Rowland, and her third album, Here I Am. It opens at #3 with 77,000, her highest charting album yet, surpassing the #6 peak of her last release, 2007’s Ms. Kelly. Her new album is led by the single “Motivation,” which spent seven weeks at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reports Billboard.com.
Behind her, at #5, is Beyonce’s 4, selling another 41,000 copies.
Joss Stone’s LP1 starts off at #9 with 30,000. It’s the singer’s third top 10 album; while Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: the Sequel, is up one slot to #10 with 26,000 copies sold this week.
DJ Khaled’s We The Best Forever falls to #13 this week, selling 21,000 copies.
Outside the top tier, we see two new albums from Wu-Tang Clan, and Jay Rock.
The Wu’s new Legendary Weapons album, executive produced by RZA, debuts at #38 with 10,000 sold. It boasts guest appearances from Sean Price, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson, while Wu brothers Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God and Inspectah Deck d their part. Masta Killa and GZA did not participate.
Jay Rock’s long awaited debut, Follow Me Home, opens at #77 with 5,300 units out the door. Released on Tech N9ne’s Strange Music, the Watts rapper’s project boasts production from the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and features Kendrick Lamar, Krizz Kaliko, and Chris Brown.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to CDuniverse.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 31) totaled 5.79 million units, up 3% compared to the sum last week (5.62 million) and up 11% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.21 million).