Unsurprisingly, it’s Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative LP, Watch The Throne, that debuts atop the Billboard 200. It beats out a new album from country singer Luke Bryan, the NOW 39, Ace Hood, and Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka’s collabo.
Throne opens at #1, selling 436,000 copies in its first week, giving it the second-largest sales week for an album this year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which started with 1.1 million.
The album was available exclusively through iTunes from August 8-11, before going on sale at all digital and physical retailers on August 12. Throne sold 321,000 downloads, marking the second-largest digital week ever, behind only the 662,000 moved by Born This Way in its first week earlier this year. While SoundScan does not disclose retailer-specific sales figures, sources say “Throne broke iTunes’ one-week sales record — with nearly 290,000 digital copies sold through the retailer.
With the #1 album, Jay-Z recorded his 12th chart-topping album; and West’s fifth. Jay extends his record as the solo act with the most #1 albums in history, behind only The Beatles, with 19 #1s.
Hov’s wifey, Beyonce, climbed one spot to #7 this week with her 4 album. It sold 27,000 copies this week, bringing her total sales to 654,000.
DJ Khaled protege, Ace Hood, bows at #8 with his third album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, which scanned 26,000. The project features Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne, and Drake.
In at #11, rising three spots, is Bad Meet Evil’s (Eminem and Royce Da 5’9) album, Hell: The Sequel, which sells another 23,000 copies. So far, the project has sold 444,000 as it approaches gold sales.
Outside the top 20, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka’s collaborative effort, Ferrari Boyz, opens at #21 with 17,000 copies sold in its first week. The project features production from Drumma Boy, as well as in-house hit-makers Lex Luger and Southside.
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 Aug. 14) totaled 5.96 million units, up 5% compared to the sum last week (5.67 million) and up 20% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (4.95 million).