There where several surprises on this week’s Billboard Top 200 charts. First, Eminem finally lost his No. 1 seat for the first time since debuting six weeks ago and, secondly, underground favorite Tech N9ne managed to outsell the new CD from Fat Joe.
Eminem was bumped to the No. 2 spot this week after rock group Avenged Sevenfold burst onto the charts with over 160,000 sold in their first seven days. Recovery picked up 158,700 units this week, making Em’s total now stand at 1,828,300, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report released today.
Rick Ross still sits under Shady at No. 3. Teflon Don was bagged up 62,800 times this week, bringing his two week tally to 239,400. Slipping one spot to No. 5 is Drake. Thank Me Later attracted 34,200 more listeners to the stores this week, making the T. Dot star’s overall sales stand at 914,700 in his seventh week on the charts.
Next up is indie breakout artist Tech N9ne collabo disc, Gates Mixed Plate. The indie juggernaut debuted at the No. 13 seat, after selling 17,300 units in his first week. B.o.B. landed at No. 21 this go-round. The Adventures of Bobby Ray sold 13,000 CDs this week, which now brings his overall numbers to 333,400. Fellow ATLien Big Boi sits two spots down at No. 23. Approximately 12,800 fans stepped over to the store to cop Sir Luscious Left Foot..The Son of Chico Dusty this week, bringing the OutKast rapper’s month-long total to 119,800.
Rounding out the Top 40 is Fat Joe. The rap vet’s 10th solo set, The Darkside, Vol. 1, sold 12,200 units in its first sales cycle.
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com next week to find out how many units Bun B’s new album, Trill O.G., sells in its first week. —Elan Mancini