Album Charts: ‘The Heist’ From Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Debuts At # 2

While Mumford & Sons’ Babel album hold onto the #1 slot for the third straight week, Seattle duo Macklmore & Ryan Lewis and Machine Gun Kelly make a splash in the top 5 with new debuts.

At #2 Macklmore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist scans 78,000 units. The album was released independently through Alternative Distribution Alliance and 83% of the first week’s album sales consisted of downloads. This is the second full length album from the duo and marks the best sales week yet for either artist. The album includes guest appearances from ScHoolboy Q, Hollis, Ab-Soul, Ray Dalton, Allen Stone, Eighty4 Fly, and others.

Machine Gun Kelly debuts at #4 with his first official album, Lace Up, selling 51,000 copies in it’s first week. The album includes production from Woodro Wilson, Drumma Boy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Boi-1da, and DJ Jazzy Jeff among others. Guest appearances include Bun B, DMX, Tech N9ne, Twista, Waka Flocka Flame, and Lil Jon.

G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer closes out the top 20 at #20 with 18,000 copies sold this week, pushing total album sales to 306,000 to date.

Outside of the top 20, Xzibit debuts at #140 with hit seventh LP, Napalm, selling 3,200 copies. The new set is the rap vet’s first new album since 2006’s Full Circle, and features guests such as Bishop Lamont, E-40, Game, Prodigy, Young De, and Wiz Khalifa, among others

XXL dropped its Best Buy Edition, bowing at #161, selling 2,700 copies.

That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to

According to, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 14) totaled 5.09 million units, down 5% compared with the sum last week (5.35 million) and down 3% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.22 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 228.87 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (238.85 million).

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