Country acts Jason Aldean and Mumford & Sons take the first two slots of this week’s Billboard 200, but Brandy made an impact by opening at #3.
The singer’s new album, Two Eleven, bows at #3, selling almost 65,000 copies to start. It’s Brandy’s sixth full-length album and her first debut in the top 20 since 2008’s Human, which opened at #15, her lowest-charting debut since her 1994, self-titled debut album.
After a strong debut at #2 last week, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis slide to #11 with The Heist, selling another 18,000 copies of the self-released project, taking its total to nearly 100,000. The rising Seattle rapper has been rapping since the late 1990s, building a following in the northwestern underground.
Outside of the top 20, Machine Gun Kelly sells 15,000 more copies of Lace Up, taking its total to 65,000 thus far.
The G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer, sells 13,000 copies this week to land at #29, as it hits 342,000; while Jay-Z’s recently released Live From Brooklyn souvenir album from his Barclays Center shows sells 4,400 albums.
Later, K’ Naan debuts at #119 with Country, God Or The Girl, scanning 3,500 units in its opening week. The Somalia-born, Canadian rapper expanded the More Beautiful Than Silence EP from January for this new release, which includes appearances by Nas, Bono, and Nelly Furtado.
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 Oct. 21) totaled 5.26 million units, up 3% compared with the sum last week (5.09 million) and up 9% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (4.82 million).