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Jay-Z, Kanye West Debut at No. 1 on Charts With 436K in Sales

After Jay-Z and Kanye West broke iTunes records, the two officially debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums charts today (August 16), with their collaborative effort Watch The Throne.

The duo, known as The Throne, sold 436,000 copies in their first week, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report released today. This is Jay’s 12th No. 1 album, and Kanye’s fifth.

We The Best signee Ace Hood’s album, Blood, Sweat & Tears was the other hip-hop debut in the top 10 this week, selling 26,200 copies.

Atlanta rappers Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame landed on the No. 21 spot in their first week, with their CD 1017 Bricksquad Presents: Ferrari Boyz, moving 16,700 units. A few spots below the ATL MCs is Royce da 5’9’’, whose solo album, Success is Certain sold 15,900 copies to land at No. 25 on the charts.

On the other hand, Royce’s collaborative album with Eminem climbed three spots this week to No. 11. After nine weeks, the duo, known as Bad Meets Evil, sold 23,300 copies of their EP, Hell:The Sequel.

Big Sean is the last hip-hop act in the Top 40, with his Finally Famous album climbing up a spot to No. 40 by selling 10,900 CDs in his seventh week.

This is also the first week that YMCMB’s first lady Nicki Minaj has not been in the Top 40, after her debut album, Pink Friday fell ten spots to No. 42.

Check back next week to find out if The Cool Kids’s When Fish Ride Bicycles will make it onto the charts. —Martin Spasov

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