Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 3” has topped The Billboard 200 new album chart for a second week in a row now, with 298,000 copies sold. That’s down 37% compared to the week previous, though it was the first full week that the album had been on the shelves. Originally slated for a Sept. 11 Friday release, it was switched to Sept. 8 last minute and then there was a snag in getting retailers the goods in time, so forth.
Whitney Houston, however, got a 77% bump up in sales to 156,000, moving her up 3-2. She had a two-day “Oprah” guest spot last week, which was pretty much the perfect-est thing for that show ever.
We’ll see if that same magic works for Hova on next week’s chart, as he does time in Oprah’s chair tomorrow. It should be, at least, a good watch, considering “Oprah” almost never has hip-hop acts on her show. For some reason, we just don’t want to admit that Will.I.Am counts.
British act Muse is having a big week. The rock band starts at No. 3 with “The Resistance” (128,000), on the heels of the announcement that they’re yet again on a “Twilight” soundtrack, this time for “New Moon.” We told you these dudes were good.
Hip-hop hot-stuff, Kanye and Jay-Z favorite Kid Cudi has a No. 4 debut with “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” with 104,000. Also, we told you this man was good.
Miley Cyrus’ “Time of our Lives” EP falls 2-5 (75,000, -38%).
It’s about time: R&B flavor of the year Drake finally releases something that resembles an album, which is good enough for No. 6 on The Billboard 200. The seven-song “So Far Gone” EP sold 73,000.
Lil Boosie’s “Superbad” bows at No. 7 with 49,000, making it his first top 10 album.
After a heavy media week post-VMAs and after suffering the dorktitude of Kanye West, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” sees a 37% bump to 46,000, moving up 10-8.
Megadeth’s endgame bows at No. 9 with 45,000.
Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” still sees no end in the top tier of the chart, as it falls 7-10 (40,000, -8%).
Sales for the year are still down 14% compared to the same point last year.