Young Jeezy’s powered past a reunited New Kids On The Block to land atop the Billboard 200 charts today with his latest album, The Recession.
It’s the second time Jeezy has posted a number one album. His last solo project, The Inspiration, also topped the charts its first week; Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 charted at number two its first week.
The Def Jam star moved just under 260, 000 copies of his album to lead a trio of rap acts in the Top 10. The Game and Lil Wayne join Jeezy in what was a strong sales week for hip-hop.
The Game rests at number three on the charts, after he sold 238, 000 copies of L.A.X. The California native debuted at number two on the charts last week. A recording error knocked the former G-Unit associate down to number two after it was reported he notched his third consecutive number one album.
Lil Wayne continues to dominate the charts. The Cash Money lyricist landed at number 10 this week. His Tha Carter III has sold 2.3 million copies to date.
Weezy made several headlines the past week, as he performed a medley of his hits at the MTV Video Music Awards, including a turn with Leona Lewis. Later the rapper joined Kid Rock on stage for a duet. The very next day Wayne arrived in New York, less than 24 hours after taking to the VMA stage, to appear in court for a gun charge stemming from a 2007 incident.—LaTisha Robbins
[Editor's Note: Click here to see who won the XXL office bet on Jeezy's first week sales.]