Album Charts: Wale Earns Biggest Debut With ‘Ambition,’ But Comes Second To Justin Bieber

Wale - Ambition coverart

Wale - Ambition coverartIn the hip-hop/R&B world, Wale, Tyrese and the Insane Clown Posse made their impacts on the Billboard 200. But, it was teen sensation Justin Bieber who topped everyone.

Bieber broke recrods with his latest album, Under the Mistletoe, debuting at #1 with 210,000 sold in its first week. It marked his third-best sales week to date, and the first time a male Christmas set topped the charts in its 55-year history.

In at #2 is Wale’s sophomore effort, Ambition. The rapper’s Maybach Music debut shifted 164,000 copies in its first week, and featured the likes of Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi, among others. It’s the DC rapper’s best sales weeks yet and highest charting sets. His debut, Attention Deficit, spent just two weeks on the list, peaking at #21 with a 28,000 debut.

Later, at #9, is the brand new album from singer/actor Tyrese. Open Invitation sells 76,000 in its first week with his fifth studio album, which featuers Rick Ross, Ludacris, as well as Jay Rock. It was released through Tyrese’s own Voltron Recordz.

Lil Wayne’s Tha Cater IV came in at #15 with 28,000 sold, while J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story closes out the top 20 at #20 with 22,000 sold.

Outside the top tier, the Insane Clown Posse’s Featuring Freshness opens at #150, selling 2,900 copies to start. The double-album compilation features the duo’s collaborations within their Psychopathic Records family on the first disc, and various artists on the second — including Tech N9ne and Snoop Dogg to Above The Law’s Big Hutch and the late MC Breed.

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According to, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 6) totaled 6.17 million units, up 10% compared to the sum last week (5.61 million) and up 14% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.43 million).

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