Carrie Underwood held onto #1 for the second consecutive week, but hip-hop and R&B are still making an impact.
Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee also sees a mother-fueled jump, climbing #6-3 with 71,000 (up 11% from last week); and Norah Jones’ Little Broken Hearts slips #2-5 with 60,000 this week.
R&B singer Tank rounded out the Billboard 200’s Top 10 this week with his latest album, This Is How I Feel. The album debuts at #9, selling 33,000 copies. It features guest appearances from Chris Brown, T.I., and Busta Rhymes.
It’s Tank’s first new album since 2010’s Now or Never, and his third to open within the top 10. His highest charting album came in 2007 with Sex, Love & Pain, which bowed at #2.
Later, B.o.B.’s Strange Clouds falls to #12, selling 25,000 copies. To date, it’s sold over 100,00o copies.
Closing out the top 20 is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, selling 18,000 and nears gold sales with 454,000 units sold domestically.
Much later down the rankings, TDE recording artist Ab-Soul debuts at #86 with his latest project, #ControlSystem, moving over 5,300 copies in its first week. The LP features appearances from his TDE family, including ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Jayrock, and Black Hippy.
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 May 13) totaled 5.56 million units, down 3% compared to the sum last week (5.77 million) and down 2% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.68 million). Year to date album sales stand at 112.32 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (113.79 million).