It’s no surprise. 2 Chainz tops this week’s Billboard 200 with his solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story.
The rapper, formerly known as Titi Boi, sees his hard work pay off, topping the chart and selling 147,000 copies of his Def Jam-distributed debut set. 2 Chainz becomes the third act this year to start at #1 with a debut studio effort. The last hip-hop act to start at #1 with a debut came in Nov 2011, when Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park opened in the penthouse (144,000).
Last week’s #1 album, the Now 43 compilation, falls to #2 with 75,000 (down 32%) while Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t slips 2-3 with 43,000 (down 27%).
In at #4 is the new album from rap duo Insane Clown Posse, entitled Mighty Death Pop, starting off with 41,000 sold. Those numbers matches the act’s highest-rank on the chart, where both 2009’s Bang! Pow! Boom! and 1999’s The Amazing Jeckel Brothers both debuted and peaked. Bang, however, sold 50,000 in its first week.
Outside the top 20, rap/rock vets Kottonmouth Kings debuted at #35, selling 10,000 copies of their 13th album, Mile High. It features guest appearances from Mickey Avalon, Swollen Members, and former member Saint Dog.
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 Aug. 19) totaled 5.25 million units, up 6% compared with the sum last week (4.96 million) and down 2% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.35 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 187.48 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (194.76 million).
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