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Ludacris Wins Charts “Battle,” Scores No. 1 Spot

Ludacris is on top of The Billboard 200 for the fourth time in his career.

As projected by last week, Luda’s seventh studio LP, Battle of the Sexes, took the No. 1 spot—the latest in a career full of chart-topping debuts, including 2003’s Chicken-N-Beer, 2004’s The Red Light District, and 2006’s Grammy-award-winning LP Release Therapy. Selling a tad more than the industry insider’s 120,000 estimates, BOTS officially took home 137,000 in sales, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report released today (March 17).

Eight slots down is pop rap outfit the Black Eyed Peas. The group’s Grammy-nominated disc, The E.N.D. picked up an additional 42,800 units last week, making their 40-week grand total equal 2,270,600.

Lil Wayne stands strong at No. 12 for the second week in a row with his newly-minted gold album, Rebirth. This go-round Lil Tunechi sold 27,200 units, bringing his overall stats to 420,400.

Weezy protégés Young Money slipped three spot to No. 35. Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga and company pushed 14,200 copies of We Are Young Money in this sales cycle. The crew has a 12-week tally of 375,600 copies sold.

DJ Khaled, who just debuted on the charts last week at No. 14, dropped to No. 70 in just seven days. The Miami-based radio personality moved 8,700 copies of Victory this week, making his two week total 36,700.

Failing to break The Billboard 200 is Duck Down rap duo, Kidz in the Hall. The group’s third LP, Land of Make Believe sold about 2,900 units in its first week. —Elan Mancini

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