Jay-Z is back on top of the charts, for good! The Blueprint III debuted at #1 this week with 476,000 units sold, above the initial estimates.
The original release date of the “Blueprint III” had been moved from the symbolic September 11th date to September 9th, due to the massive internet piracy. And despite the online leaks, BPIII benefits from heavy radio rotations and solid features, which enabled it to become Hova’s 11th #1 album on the Billboard 200.
This achievement makes Jay-Z the 2nd artist with the most #1 albums in his career, passing Elvis Presley, but still behind The Beatles and their 19 #1 albums.
Another noticeable debut was Raekwon’s “Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt. 2”. The much-anticipated follow-up to the Wu-Tang Clan member’s classic “Only Built For Cuban Linx” hit shelves this week at #5, pushing a solid 65,000 records.
Award-winning singer Whitney Houston’s comeback album “I Look To You” dropped 3 spots, landing at #4 with 83,000 for its 2nd week in stores. In the meantime “Ready,” Trey Songz’ album, took a sharp 10-spots drop, ending this week’s sales at #13 with 43,000 units sold.