The top 3 slots of the Billboard 200 were ruled by Mumford & Sons, Green Day, and No Doubt this week, denying Lupe Fiasco’s latest album from debuting at #1.
Lupe’s fourth consecutive top 10 album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, debuts at #5 with 89,000 copies sold in its first week, amidst controversy regarding retirement rumors, provocative song titles, concepts, sample permissions, and his recent twitter dispute with Chief Keef. The album features the single “Bitch Bad,” as well as production from 1500 or Nothin, The Runners, and King David, among others. Guest appearances include Poo Bear, Bilal, Casey Benjamin, Guy Sebastian, and Jason Evigan.
G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer, falls from #2 to #7 with 55,000 copies sold this week, bringing the total album sales to 261,000 copies since its debut.
Outside of the top 20 Murs and Fashawn’s first collaborative album together, entitled This Generation, debuted on the charts at #146, selling just 2,700 copies. It features guest appearances from Strong Arm Steady’s Krondon.
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. 30) totaled 5.71 million units, up 5% compared with the sum last week (5.42 million) and up 2% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.57 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 218.43 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (228.50 million).