Taylor Swift held onto the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, but T.I. was on her heels with his latest album, Trouble Man.
TIP’s new album is his eighth studio set and eighth top 10 effort. It bows at #2, selling 179,000 in its first week. The ATL rap star enlisted the likes of Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Andre 3000, Pink, and A$AP Rocky on this conceptual release, while producers such as DJ Toomp, Pharrell, and No I.D. contributed.
Beaten by a tiny margin is Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox, which falls one rung to #3 in its second chart week, selling 178,000.
After debuting at #6 last week, Game’s Jesus Piece tumbles big time to #37, selling 35,000, bringing his two week total to 122,000.
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. 23) totaled 12.79 million units, up 31% compared with the sum last week (9.71 million) and down 16% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (15.11 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 306.19 million, down 5% compared with the same total at this point last year (322.86 million).