Atlanta’s own Gucci Mane proved to live up to the hype as his major label debut, The State Vs. Radric Davis lead the rap pack on The Billboard 200 this week, zipping past the other new releases by Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Clipse and B.G.
Despite the incarcerated rapper’s accomplishment, he barely made it into the top 10. As projected by hitsdailydouble.com last week, the disc sold 89,900 units in its first week on the shelves according to Nieslen SoundScan, landing him at No. 10 exactly on the charts.
The next closest hip-hop release is the Black Eyed Peas, who are holding it down at no. 20. Surprisingly, none of the other new LPs were able to top the hip-pop group, who have been on the charts for 27 weeks now. The E.N.D. moved 63,300 this sales cycle, making its overall stats stand at 1,553,700.
Snoop landed one spot down at no. 21 with his 10th studio album Maclice N Wonderland. The West Coast legend sold 59,100 copies of his latest opus in his introductory week.
Superproducer Timbaland scored the no. 32 seat. The Virginia native’s new LP Shock Value II racked up 39,411 in sales after seven days in stores.
Fellow Virginians Clipse failed to make it into the top 40. The duo’s third studio effort, Til The Casket Drops, just missed the mark, landing at no. 41. The disc scanned a total of 31,400 CDs in week one.
Selling significantly less than estimated last week is New Orleans rapper B.G. The former Hot Boy’s Atlantic LP, Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood, debuted at no. 65, selling 18,600 as opposed to the 40-50K he was projected.
Check back next week to see if Alicia Keys’s new album, The Element of Freedom, knocks Guch out of the top 10. —Elan Mancini