Big Sean's Finally Famous LP made an impressive debut on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart today, but failed to sell as high as projected.

As expected the 2010 XXL Freshman was beat out for the No. 1 spot by Beyonce’s new disc, 4, which sold 310,300 units. Surprisingly British crooner Adele also managed to beat out Sean for the No. 2 seat. The Detroit MC instead landed at No. 3 with 87,100 units sold, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report, about 3,000 discs under the estimates released last week.

Fellow D-town lyricists, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”, collectively known as Bad Meets Evil, are the next rap act on the charts, occupying the No. 9 spot this go-round. Their EP, Hell: The Sequel, picked up an additional 42,200 fans this week, making their overall numbers stand at 275,900 after just three weeks.

At No. 14 sits Pitbull’s Planet Pit. In his second week the Miami rep managed to add 28,400 CDs to his tally, which now equals 83,400.

Also debuting on the charts this week is fellow XXL Freshman alum, Curren$y. The New Orleans spitta’s first album for Warner Bros., Weekend at Burnies, burst onto the charts at the No. 22 slot with 22,500 in sales.

Rounding out the Top 40 is Eminem and Nicki Minaj who picked up the No. 35 and No. 36 seat, respectively. Recovery, which recently broke records becoming the first LP to ever sell 1 million copies digitally, now has an overall sales figure of 3,932,300 after 14,200 customers bought the disc over the last week. Around 14,200 more Barbies came to stores to purchased Pink Friday this sales cycle, bringing Ms. Minaj’s total sales to 1,460,600.

While Pete Rock and Smif-n-Wessun’s new joint effort, Monumental, failed to make it into the Top 40, the New York rap vets, managed to score 5,400 in sales in their first week, earning them a seat at No. 110. Lil B’s new effort, the digital-only release, controversially titled, I’m Gay (I’m Happy), only managed to sell 1,700 units.

With no new releases hitting shelves this week, next week look for Big Sean and Bad Meets Evil battle for the top spot. —Elan Mancini

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