Album Charts: Madonna, Lionel Richie Hold Down Top Spots; E-40 Lands In Top 50

E-40 - The Block Brochure

E-40 - The Block BrochureWhile Madonna and Lionel Richie held down the top two slots on the Billboard 200, E-40, Mayday, and Bumpy Knuckles all saw their respective releases in the rankings.

Madonna’s MDNA and Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee sold 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively, to top the charts. But, it was also Richie’s best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. His previous largest week was when Coming Home started with 75,000 at #6 in 2006. However, in 1986, he spent two weeks at #1 with his Dancing on the Ceiling LP.

Meanwhile, everyone elses’ albums fell outside the top 20 of the list.

First up with a new release is E-40, who’s new album is a three-parter, titled Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1, 2 and 3. The complete trilogy (set) debuted at #42, selling 9,500 copies in its first week. However, when sold separately, each landed at the #56, #57 and #70. By bundling them together, E-40 totaled over 32,000 albums sold.

Later down the rankings is the Strange Music debut from hip-hop band, Mayday. The LP, titled Take Me To Your Leader, debuted at #86, selling 5,400 copies.

And finally, Famed Long Island emcee/producer Bumpy Knuckles (aka Freddie Foxxx) and Gangstarr’s DJ Premier saw their collaborative album, Kolexxxion, bow at #156, selling 3,000 copies to start.

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 April 1) totaled 6.16 million units, up 13% compared to the sum last week (5.46 million) and down 7% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.63 million). Year to date album sales stand at 77.84 million, up less than 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (77.83 million).

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