While “American Idol” alumni Adam Lambert hits #1 on the Billboard 200 and Adele sits at #2 with 21, hip-hop acts such as Krizz Kaliko and Killer Mike earn spots on the Billboard 200 with new albums later in rankings.
However, before getting to their albums, here’s a rundown of albums within the top tier.
Norah Jones’ Little Broken Hearts holds at #5 with 45,000; and Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee closes out the top 10, slipping from #3-9 with 39,000.
At #15 is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, selling 21,000 copies as she nears gold sales of 500,000; and B.o.B closes out the top 20 spots with Strange Clouds at #20 with 16,000 sold.
Outside the top rankings, Strange Music signee Krizz Kaliko opens with his new album, Kickin’ & Screamin’.
The new album, which follows 2009’s Genius, opens at #42, selling nearly 10,000 copies to start. The album features guests such as T-Pain, Chamillionaire and Twista, and sees the Kansas City native toying with EDM and Dubstep on some of his production.
Later, at #77, is Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, starting off at #77, giving the rapper his best first-week showing since his 2003 major label debut, Monster. It sells 5,300 copies to start. It features production from El-P, and guest spots from T.I., and Bun B, along with scratching from longtime Eyedea musical partner, DJ Abilities.
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 20) totaled 5.09 million units, down 9% compared to the sum last week (5.58 million) and down 6% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.41 million). Year to date album sales stand at 117.40 million, down 2% compared to the same total at this point last year (119.19 million).