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Juvenile & R. Kelly Debut on the Charts

Those New Orleans boys continue to trickle onto The Billboard 200 one by one. Just last Wednesday (December 2) Cash Money co-founder Birdman debuted at no. 29 and this week Juvenile earned a seat at no. 43.

Cocky and Confident, Juvie’s first disc since 2006’s Reality Check, managed to pull in 23,000 in sales after its first week on shelves, according to the Nielsen SoundScan. Next week, former Hot Boy B.G. is set to join his hometown partners in rhyme on the charts with Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood.

Meanwhile, at the top of The Billboard 200, R. Kelly made an impressive debut with his latest effort, Untitled. The hip-hop crooner pushed 114,200 units in his first go-round, despite little promotion or radio play.

The Black Eyed Peas inched their way back into the Top 20 in their 26th week on the charts. Peas fans bagged up 49,600 copies of The E.N.D. last week, bringing the group’s total numbers to 1,490,500.

50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct fell 16 spots to no. 35 this week. The G-Unit general sold 29,500 CDs this cycle, taking a 55-percent decrease in sales. After three weeks BISD’s total stats stand at 256,500.

Closing out the top 40 is Jay-Z. The Blueprint 3 slid 10 spots down to no. 38, racking up an additional 27,900 and making his overall tally 1,365,100.

Next week look for new albums by Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg, Clipse and B.G. to impact the charts. —Elan Mancini

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