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“Notorious” Soundtrack Debuts High On The Charts, Ludacris Offically Goes Gold

With the release of the Biggie biopic Notorious hitting theaters last Friday (Jan. 16), Christopher Wallace fever is in full effect as fans picked up enough copies of the accompanying soundtrack to have it land at the no. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan the compilation, which features unreleased demos from the beloved Brooklyn rapper as well as new tracks by Jay-Z and Jadakiss, managed to move 42,950 discs off the shelves in its debut week.

The movie has been all over the news as of late. The Los Angeles Times reports that it pulled in $21.5 million over the 3 day weekend despite several negative incidents that marred one screening in Greensboro, North Carolina and an unofficial after-party for the premiere in BK. Just today reports also surfaced describing an old domestic abuse case involving Gravy, the rapper-turned-actor who portrays Big in the flick, and his wife.

Following the Notorious Soundtrack is Kanye West who’s 808s and Heartbreak falls down two spots to the no. 5 position on the charts. West, who performed at yesterday’s Youth Inauguaral Ball in celebration of the Presidential induction of Barack Obama into office, sold an additional 39,530 albums this week. This brings the Chi-Town super producer/rapper’s total sales figures to 1,184,870.

Further down the charts is hip-hop hookman Akon’s third full-length project Freedom, sitting at the no. 12 spot. The album moved 23,290 more units off the shelves this week, making his complete sales stand at 400,470. Four spots down is the “King of the South” T.I.. His latest opus Paper Trail continues to keep registers ringing with 20,180 bar codes scanned this week and 1,596, 820 CDs sold thus far.

Lil Wayne and Ludacris round out the rappers in the top 40 this week. Weezy, who’s Tha Carter III landed at the no 23 spot, added 15,355 discs to his impressive tally of 2,933,530 albums sold to date. After eight weeks, Luda’s Theater of the Mind finally scored a gold plaque with an official total sales number of 504,120. Sitting at the no. 25 slot, the rapper’s 7th CD moved 14,860 albums this week.

With no new rap releases dropping this week look for Kanye to continue his dominance on the charts next week. – Elan Mancini

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