Album Charts: Rihanna Debuts At #3 With ‘Talk That Talk’, Yelawolf In At #27

Rihanna - Talk That Talk coverart

Rihanna - Talk That Talk coverartMichael Buble and Nickelback are holding down the top slots of this week’s Billboard 200, but several artists dropped new projects — including Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Yelawolf and Mobb Deep.

Riri arrived at #3 slot this week is her sixth album, Talk That Talk, selling 197,000 units. It’s her sixth top 10 album and follows Loud, which debuted at #2 a year ago (but with a bigger week: 207,000). The new LP features guest spots from Jay-Z and Calvin Harris, as well as production from No I.D., Bangladesh, The-Dream, and StarGate, among others.

Last week’s #1, Drake’s Take Care, falls to #4 with 173,000 this week; while while Mary J. Blige’s ninth studio album, My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act I, debuts at #5 with 156,000. Like Rihanna, every one of Blige’s studio efforts have reached the top 10. Blige’s last set, 2009’s Stronger With Each Tear, bowed at #2 with 330,000.

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV sits at #15 with 59,000 sold passing 1.7 million sales, and LMFAO’s Sorry For Party Rocking lands at #16 with 56,00 this week, as it surpasses 300,000 sales.

Outside to top tier is Yelawolf and Mobb Deep.

Yelawolf’s Shady Records debut, Radioactive, opens #27, selling over 40,000 units in its first week. The Alabama rapper’s project features the likes of Killer Mike, Gangsta Boo and Lil Jon, along with Kid Rock and Eminem.

Mobb Deep’s new EP, Black Cocaine, debuts at #189, selling just 4,200 copies. The project is comprised of just five tracks and includes features from Bounty Killer and Nas, well as as beats from Alchemist and Havoc.

That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to

According to, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 27) totaled 9.77 million units, up 39% compared to the sum last week (7.04 million) and down 5% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (10.24 million).

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