Pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first #1 on the Billboard 200 as its new North album, while albums from Lecrae, 2 Chainz, Trey Songz, and Rick Ross also land in the top 20.
Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae debuts at #3 this week with his new set, Gravity. It bows with a career week in sales with 72,000 sold. Before now, he had never sold more than 27,000 of an album in a single week, which he hit in 2010 with Rehab, which debuted at #17. Lecrae also never debuted higher than #15 in 2011, with Rehab: The Overdose.
Later, at #7, is 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story. It stayed put this week, selling 26,000 for a total of 250,000 thus far.
Trey Songz’s Chapter V fell from #3-9 with 24,000; and Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t lands at #19 this week with 15,000 sold, to bring his total to 386,000 to date.
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 Sept. 9) totaled 4.76 million units, down 3% compared with the sum last week (4.90 million) and down 13% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.49 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 202.18 million, down 5% compared with the same total at this point last year (212.06 million).