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Album Charts: J. Cole Dethroned By Country Singer, Styles P Debuts At #32

This week, Billboard's Top 200 album's chart is ruled by "Idol" winner/country singer Scotty McCreery ... who debuts atop the chart, making him the first country act and young man to top it with their debut. Aside from the country album, new releases in the hip-hop/R&B world include albums from Styles P and DJ Shadow, as well as the usual suspects. Last week's #1, J. Cole's Cole World: the Sideline Story, fell to #5 this week with 54,000 (down 75%); Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV climbs one to #6 with 53,000, bring his domestic total to over 1.5 million sold...
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Album Charts: J. Cole Tops Charts With ‘Cole World’ Debut

It was a big week from North Carolina newcomers, J. Cole. The Roc Nation recording artist recorded his first #1 album ... and it comes with his debut album, Cole World: the Sideline Story. The 26-year-old rapper opens at #1 with 218,000 copies in its first week, which features Drake, Missy Elliott, and Jay-Z. The feat marks the first time a solo act's debut effort has entered at #1 since May 2010, when B.o.B landed at the top spot with The Adventures of Bobby Ray. His first week is also the highest sales week for any act's debut chart effort since...
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Album Charts: Z-Ro Lands At #85, Mindless Behavior Earns Top 10 Debut

It was a slow day for new releases on the Billboard 200, but legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieved a big feat ... topping the chart with his first #1 album, making the 85-year old the oldest living act to reach #1 with his Duets II LP. A few slots down, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV descends from #3 to #5 with 84,000 sold in its fourth week, taking his album to just shy of 1.4 million to date. Teen R&B quartet, Mindless Behavior, lands in the top 10. Their debut set, #1 Girl, opens at #7, selling 36,000 copies in its first week...
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Album Charts: Lil Wayne Tops Billboard 200; VMAs Give Beyonce, Tyler Sales Boosts

So, it's official Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV lights up the Billboard 200, coming in at #1 and beating out a new album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Weezy's latest installment of his Tha Carter series sold 964,000 in its first week, 300,000 of which were sold digitally through iTunes. However, the Billboard 200 saw a lot of movement from other artists who got boosts from their appearances at the 2011 MTV VMAs. Beyonce, who announced she was pregnant...
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Lil Wayne Breaks iTunes’ Single-Week Sales Record With ‘Tha Carter IV’

Less than three weeks after Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative LP, Watch The Throne, broke the U.S. iTunes single-week sales record, Lil Wayne surpasses the duo before they can even celebrate. Weezy's new album, Tha Carter IV, has sold over 300,000 downloads, via iTunes in the first four days of its release, reports Billboard.com, surpassing the 290,000 Throne did last month in its entire first week. While Jay and Kanye's strategy saw Throne hit digital retailers four days before it landed in stores as a physical CD, Wayne dropped his CD and digital version the same day...
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Album Charts: The Game Earns Third #1 With ‘The R.E.D. Album’

The Game beat out everyone this week, earning his third chart-topping album with The R.E.D. Album. The Compton rapper's fourth LP hit #1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 98,000 copies. It features the likes of Dr. Dre, Tyler The Creator, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. Game's debut, 2005's "The Documentary" and 2007's "Doctor's Advocate," both opened at #1. His last album, LAX, was his only album to not top the Billboard, starting at #2 in 2008 with 239,000. While Game is sitting pretty this week, he will likely step aside next week...
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Album Charts: Jay-Z & Kanye’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Tops Charts For Second Week

It's a quiet week on the Billboard 200. It was slow enough for the Watch The Throne mania to continue, helping their top the chart in its second week. Jay-Z and Kanye's collaborative LP comes in at #1 with another 177,000 sold (down 59%), bring its domestic total to over gold certified sales of 613,000. Later down the rankings is Hov's wife Beyonce, and her 4 album, falling from 7-9 with 25,000 sold, and 679,000 total; while Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Hell: The Sequel lands at #13 with 19,000, as it nears gold sales...
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Album Charts: ‘Watch The Throne’ Tops Billboard 200; Ace Hood Earns Top 10 Debut

Unsurprisingly, it's Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative LP, Watch The Throne, that debuts atop the Billboard 200. It beats out a new album from country singer Luke Bryan, the NOW 39, Ace Hood, and Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka's collabo. Throne opens at #1, selling 436,000 copies in its first week, giving it the second-largest sales week for an album this year behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which started with 1.1 million. The album was available exclusively through iTunes from August 8-11...
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Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Collabo LP, ‘Watch The Throne’, Breaks iTunes Sales Record

Last week was Jay-Z and Kanye West's week, as everyone experience Watch The Throne fever when it dropped last Monday (August 8) ... and sales numbers reflected that. According to Billboard.com, the collaborative LP between the two rap stars broke U.S. iTunes Store's one-week sales record, selling nearly 290,000 downloads through Sunday night (Aug. 14). Throne hit iTunes first, being exclusively available at the digital retailer from August 8-11, before physical CDs hit store shelves on Friday (August 12)...
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Album Charts: Kelly Rowland Earns Her Highest Charting Album With ‘Here I Am’

Country singer Eric Church landed atop the Billboard 200 this week for the first time, while Amy Winehouse's Back To Black continues to climb in wake of her death. However, there's quite a few new hip-hop releases making an impact. One of the week's highest debuts comes from Kelly Rowland, and her third album, Here I Am. It opens at #3 with 77,000, her highest charting album yet, surpassing the #6 peak of her last release, 2007's Ms. Kelly. Her new album is led by the single "Motivation" ...
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Album Charts: Amy Winehouse Returns, DJ Khaled Earns Best Sales Week EVER

Adele's 21 continues the singer's run at the top of the Billboard 200 at #1, but new albums from DJ Khaled, Theophilus London, and Amy Winehouse make their impact. Apparently with the news of Winehouse's death, fans flocked to music retailers to re-visit her music. Her Back To Black album returned to the top 10 at #9 with 27,000 sold her 2004 debut, Frank, re-entered at #57; and her digital-only Back to Black: B-Sides EP, released in 2008, debuts at #152 with 3,000 after having sold next to nothing the previous week...
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Album Charts: Indies Make Splash On Billboard 200 (Cool Kids, MellowHype & Trae Tha Truth)

Country singer Blake Shelton takes the #1 spot on this week's Billboard 200, while Beyonce, Bad Meets Evil, and the usual suspects continue to move units. However, new debuts from The Cool Kids, OFWGKTA's MellowHype, Cali Swag District, and Trae The Truth open outside the top tier of the ranks. Last week's #1, Beyonce's 4, falls to #5 this week with 72,000, as the album nears gold sales...
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Album Charts: Beyonce Tops Billboard 200 For Second Week, Lloyd Makes Top 10

It's a quiet week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with Beyonce remaining atop the list with her latest set, 4; while Lloyd makes his presence on the top 10. 4 continues to reign at #1 for a second week, selling 115,000 to take her total to over 426,000 copies. Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Bad Meet Evil album, Hell: The Sequel, climbs back to #5 with 35,000 this week; Jill Scott's Light of the Sun slips to #7 with 32,000 sold; and Big Sean's Finally Famous: The Album falls from #3 to #9 this week with 26,000 copies sold...

Album Charts: Beyonce Earns Fourth #1 Album With ‘4’, Big Sean Debuts At #3

Beyonce landed her fourth #4 album on the Billboard 200, taking the #1 spot with her latest album, 4, beating out newcomer Big Sean and other previously released albums. B's album sold 310,000 copies to start things off, making it the third largest sales week for an album this year, behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way (1.1 million) and Adele's 21 (351,000). She's also just the third act -- and second woman -- to see their first four studio albums debut atop the Billboard 200...

Album Charts: Jill Scott Earns #1 Album With ‘The Light Of The Sun’

R&B singer Jill Scott ruled the Billboard 200 this week, and celebrated her first #1 album with her latest effort, The Light of the Sun. Her fourth studio LP hit #1 this week, selling 135,000 copies, beating out Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5'9), and a new album from Pitbull.Scott's 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?, peaked at #17, and she went on to release three more studio albums, a live set and a collaborations collection...

Album Charts: Eminem & Royce Da 5’9 Duo, Bad Meets Evil, Hits #1

Eminem returned to the top of the Billboard 200 this week, but this time, alongside longtime friend and fellow Detroit rapper Royce Da 5'9 as the duo known as Bad Meets Evil. The duo's new album, Hell: the Sequel, hit #1 on the albums chart, selling 171,000 units. According to Billboard.com, Eminem has previously topped the chart six times as a solo act, and twice as part of D12. His last #1 came with his last solo project, Recovery, which...