Album Charts: Adele, Whitney Houston Reign, But Kid Cudi’s WZRD Project Earns Highest Debut

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WZRD coverartBritish singer Adele clocked her 23rd week at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, making it the longest run atop the chart since Prince & the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” soundtrack scored 24 weeks at #1 in 1984 and 1985. Wow!

But, despite her performance, Kid Cudi’s WZRD project, Maino and Ja Rule were among the hip-hop releases who impacted the rankings.

Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius’ WZRD album was the top debut this week, bowing at #3 with 66,000 in its first week. The album did well enough, but Cudi has criticized his label for reportedly under-shipping CD copies, limiting the release’s potential. It is the rapper’s third overall album, and a first release for Dot.

WZRD did trail behind Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits album, which landed at a distant #2 behind Adele, selling 112,000 this week.

Whitney’s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack rose to #5 with 43,000; Tyga’s Careless World slipped two to #6 with 37,000; Drake’s Take Care climbed from #13-8 with 29,000; and Rihanna’s Talk That Talk zips #14-9 with 25,000.

Houston’s self-titled Whitney Houston rounded out the top 10, with 25,000 sold. The late singer has a total of nine albums on the Billboard 200 this week — and all are within the top 100: 2, 5, 10, 13, 21, 31, 32, 50 and 80. The last time one act had nine out of the week’s top 100 sellers was on Oct. 17, 2009, when the Beatles racked 11 out of the top 100.

Young Jeezy’s TM 103 came ina t #19 with 15,000 sold, and Jay and Kanye’s Watch The Throne closes out the top 20 with just under 15,000 sold.

New releases outside the top tier includes Maino’s Day After Tomorrow, and Ja Rule’s Pain Is Love 2

Maino’s sophomore album debuted at #76 with 6,300 sold. It his first album in nearly three years, and boasts appearances from T.I. and Meek Mill. And, Ja’s PIL2 bows at #145 with just 3,200 sold. It’s the New York rapper’s first album since 2004’s R.U.L.E.. It’s largely produced by longtime collaborator 7 Aurelius, and is released independently through Mpire and distributed by Universal Fontana.

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 March 4) totaled 6.33 million units, up less than 1% compared to the sum last week (6.31 million) and down less than 1% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.34 million).

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