Taylor Swift climbed back to #1 on the Billboard 200 this week with RED, blocking Wiz Khalifa from topping the charts. However, the Pittsburgh rapper fared well.
With O.N.I.F.C., Wiz netted the highest debut of the week at #2, selling 141,000 to start. The LP was led by the single, “Work Hard, Play Hard”, followed by “Remember You.” It featured production by ID Labs, Jim Jonsin and Stargate. His debut set, 2011’s Rolling Papers, also started at #2, but with a bigger number: 197,000.
At #6 is the second-biggest debut of the week, Ke$ha’s Warrior, starting with 85,000, following her debut album Animal, second release Cannibal, and a remix album I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance. Animal, her first and only #1, opened atop the Billboard 200 in January 2010, selling 152,000 in its first week.
Last week’s leader, Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire, falls to #7 with 77,000.
Rihanna’s Unapologetic sold another 59,000 copies to land at #11, bringing its total to 369,000 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 Dec. 9) totaled 8.45 million units, up 12% compared with the sum last week (7.52 million) and down 14% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (9.77 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 283.76 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (296.54 million).