Michael Buble’s Christmas album remained atop the Billboard 200 for the fifth straight week, while Adele held down the #2 slot, making her album the best-selling of the year with Buble trailing.
However, we did see some new hip-hop releases this week in the form of LPs from Young Jeezy, common, and Roscoe Dash.
Atlanta hip-hop star Young Jeezy earned the highest debut this week with his long awaited album TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition. It debuted at #3 with 233,000, giving the rapper his fifth-straight top five set. His previous album, 2008’s The Recession, started at #1 with 260,000.
TM103 boasts appearances from Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Future and Andre 3000, among others. And producers included J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Warren G, and Drumma Boy.
Justin Bieber’s X-Mas release, Under the Mistletoe slipped from 3-4 with 225,000, while Drake’s sophomore LP Take Care climbed two spots to #5 this week with 131,000 (1.17 million sold to date).
Rihanna’s Talk That Talk jumps from 14-7 with 99,000 sold this week, after it went on sale on AmazonMP3. It helped boosted numbers by 163% in download sales.
LMFAO’s Sorry For Party Rocking came in at #16 this week, selling another 74,000 copies, as it approaches gold sales.
After Young Jeezy, the next highest debut is found at #18 with Common’s The Dreamer | The Believer. The set sold 69,000 copies to start with the rapper’s first new album in three years, which was produced entirely by No I.D. It also boasts features from Nas, John Legend, and poet Maya Angelou.
Outside the top tier, much later at #132, is Atlanta singer Roscoe Dash’s debut EP, J.U.I.C.E., selling 9,500 copies in its first week. The seven-track effort boasts appearances by Wale and Big Sean, and beats by Kane Beatz, and Sonny Digital, among others.
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 Dec. 25) totaled 15.11 million units, up 35% compared to the sum last week (11.20 million) and up less than 1% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (15.08 million). Year to date album sales stand at 322.86 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (319.01 million).