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The Game Goes Gold, T.I. Rests At Number Two On The Charts

The Game has struck Gold with his recently release L.A.X.

The Compton rapper’s latest set sold 19,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan, and pushed the LP’s eight-week total over 500,000, earning Gold certification. The album has sold 515,000 copies to date and sits at number 24 on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart.

T.I. and Lil Wayne continue to do well on the charts.

After a two-week run atop the Billboard 200, T.I. falls only to number two. In his third week of release the Atlanta rapper sold 132,000 copes of Paper Trail. Tip was only beated by country crooner Kenny Chesney. Paper Trail has plowed past the 800,000 mark and has sold 878,000 units, according to SoundScan.

Weezy keeps hanging around the Top 10. The Cash Money lyricist sits just outside the Top 10 at number 12 after selling 26,000 copies last week. The rapper’s 19-week total for Tha Carter III is just at 2.6 million copies sold.

Wayne is fresh off a victory lap at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards. He took home “MVP,” “Best Lyricist,” and the People’s Champ awards. Weezy also took to the stage to perform.

Young Jeezy lands at number 14 on the chart. Da Snowman sold 24,000 copes of The Recession. After seven weeks on the chart, his third album has sold 541,000 copies.

St. Lunatic Nelly isn’t faring as well as his rap counterparts. The sing-songy lyricist’s Brass Knuckles droped to number 67 on the charts from number 45 last week. The album sold 7,800 copies in its fifth week of release. The total sales to date for Brass Knuckles, according to SoundScan, are 147,000 copies.

DJ Khaled’s We The Best rests at number 78 on the Billboard 200. The independent release sold 6,700 copies last week in it’s fifth week on the charts. To date the LP has sold 93,000.

Devin The Dude’s Landing Gear is the only other notable new rap release. The album sits at number 112 in its second week. The project has sold 16,000 copies so far.-–Anthony Thomas and LaTisha Robbins

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