T.I.’s done it again. The Atlanta rapper tops the Billboard 200 album charts for the second consecutive week after selling 177,000 copies of his latest LP, Paper Trail.
The Grand Hustle boss debuted at number one last week after selling 568,000 to earn the second largest rap album debut of 2008. Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III topped a million sales its first week of release.
Weezy continues to dominate the charts. The Cash Money artist has now pushed past the 2.5 million mark in album sales. He’s locked into the number 13 position on the charts after selling 27,000 copies of TC3 in its 18th week on the charts.
Lil Wayne is expected to dominate awards seasons just as much. He leads the BET Hip-Hop Awards nominations and yesterday it was announced the “Lollipop” star was tabbed for three American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year.
Jennifer Hudson (4), Ne-Yo (8), Robin Thicke (12), and Young Jeezy (15) are also doing well on the charts. Da Snowman just crossed the 500,000 plateau to earn Gold Certification. The Game slipped a bit on the charts this week. The Compton rapper lands at number 12 with 21,000 units sold. The mark leaves Chuck Taylor just shy of 500,000 in sales.—LaTisha Robbins