Hip-hop is back atop of the Billboard charts where it belongs this week.

Despite facing stiff competition from Taylor Swift and Guns N' Roses, Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak debuts at No. 1- selling 451,395 units according to Nielsen's Soundscan. The CD marks West's third consecutive No.1 album.

Meanwhile, Ludacris is looking for another platinum plaque with the release of Theater Of The Mind. Coming in at No. 5, Luda sells 214, 126 in his first week.

With "Live Your Life" and "Whatever You Like" still sitting charting well, T.I.'s continues to put up solid numbers. In its 9th week, The Paper Trail scans 74, 792 CDs- bringing its grand total to 1, 303, 834 units sold.

Fresh off being crowned the Hook Man G.O.A.T by Akon, T-Pain is slowly moving towards a third consecutive gold plaque. This week, the Nappy Boy moves 48, 679 copies. Thr33 Ringz has sold 278, 318 CDs to date. -Marvin Brandon