Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come entered the Billboard 200 in the top spot this week, with the post-retirement opus moving 680,000 copies in the United States. The tally resulted in the Def Jam president’s highest single-sales week ever, and his ninth No. 1 album. Jay’s ladyfriend Beyonce vaulted back into the top 10 as well–B’Day experienced a 154% sales gain and hit No. 6, no doubt because of the better-with-each-listen “Irreplaceable” becoming more and more omnipresent.
Biggest Debuts: The second-biggest debut behind Jay came from bald American Idol runner-up Chris Daughtry, who we’ll get to in a minute. The Beatles’ cut-and-paste collection Love came in at No. 4, selling 272,000 copies; Snoop Dogg’s Blue Carpet Treatment entered at No. 5 with 264,000 sales; and Tupac’s latest collection of posthumous songs sold 159,000 copies to debut at No. 9.
Biggest Slides: He may have the top two slots on Billboard‘s singles chart, but Akon’s Konvicted was the only album in the top 10 to experience a sales dip, dropping 42%.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: We’re going to give this to Daughtry, who, despite being the fourth runner-up on American Idol, sold a whopping 304,000 copies of his self-titled debut album–the best single-week tally for an Idol contestant in 2006–to enter the chart at No. 2. And considering the number of reviews we read that compared him to the multiplatinum Canadian yarlers, he’ll probably be thrilled to find out that he nabbed this particular accolade. Take that, Taylor Hicks.
Jay-Z Reclaims His ‘Kingdom’ With No. 1 Debut [Billboard]