As expected, Drake topped this week’s Billboard 200 with the third-largest sales week of 2011 for an album for his new album, Take Care.
The album sells 631,000 copies in its first week, giving the Canadian rapper his second chart-topper following 2010’s Thank Me Later, which launched with 447,000.
Only two sets have sold more in a week thank Drake this year — Lady Gaga’s Born This Way debuting with 1.1 million, and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV starting with 964,000.
Take Care features the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000, as well as labelmates Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Birdman. Production credits include Drake’s in-house, as well as a contribution from Just Blaze.
Later down the rankings, Childish Gambino’s impacts the charts at #11 with his first studio album, Camp, selling 52,000 in its first week. Gambino may be better known as actor/comedian Donald Glover, of NBC’s “Community”. The project dropped via indie Glassnote Records.
Several slots later, Webbie debuts at #17 with his third solo album, Savage Life 3. It opens with 30,000 sold and features Trill Fam affiliates Lil Trill and Lil Phat, as well as former DTP Records star Bobby V.
Wale’s Ambition fell to #18, selling another 29,00 copies to take his total to 234,000 to date.
Last week’s #1 album, Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park, fell outside the top tier in its second week to #24 with 25,000 sold. Billboard.com says it’s the fourth-largest positional drop from #1 since SoundScan began powering the Billboard 200 chart with its sales data in May of 1991. Only Incubus’ Light Grenades (1-37 in 2006), Amos Lee’s Mission Bell (1-26 this year) and Cake’s Showroom of Compassion (1-25, this year as well), have fallen harder.
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 Nov. 20) totaled 7.04 million units, up 9% compared to the sum last week (6.44 million) and down 13% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (8.12 million).