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The-Dream Debuts High On The Charts, Kanye Continues To Trail T.I.

R&B singer/songwriter The-Dream debuted at the no. 2 spot this week on the Billboard 200 with his sophomore disc Love Vs. Money.

Featuring guest spots from Lil’ Jon, Mariah Carey and Kanye West, Love Vs. Money moved 151,240 copies off the shelves this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is a huge jump for the self-proclaimed “radio killer,” whose first album, 2007’s Love/Hate, only sold 59,000 discs in its first week.

Two spots down is fellow R&B crooner J. Holiday, who sneaks onto the charts with his second studio LP Round 2. While missing a smash single like 2007’s “Bed” – which coincidentally was penned by The-Dream –the Capitol release managed to scan 55,370 discs this week.

With only nine days before he is set to go behind bars, T.I. continues to stay relevant on the charts. Landing at the no. 13 position, Tip’s Paper Trail still maintains its lead over Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak. The ATLien added 23,300 CDs to his grand total, which now sits at 1,796,020.

Kanye, who may be collaborating with The-Dream for a full-length album similar to Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best of Both Worlds, dropped five spots on the charts this sales cycle. Falling to no. 16, 808s pushed 20,380 CDs out of the stores this week, bringing his overall tally to 1,428,870.

Slipping to the no. 31 position this go-around is hip-hop hook man extraordinaire Akon. Freedom, the singer’s third solo effort, sold 13,580 copies this week, bringing his tally to 554,130.

Debuting at no.119 is Minneapolis, Mn-based rhyme spitter Brother Ali. The underground favorite’s new EP, The Truth is Here, moved 4,830 CDs in its first week.

Next week look for new releases from Capone-N-Noreaga and Gorilla Zoe to make it onto the charts. – Elan Mancini

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