Young Jeezy’s The Inspiration won this week’s battle for Billboard 200 bragging rights; the Atlantan’s set sold 352,000 copies last week, which was enough to land him the top spot on the albums chart. Right behind Jeezy was gray-haired American Idol Taylor Hicks, whose self-titled collection of synthetic soul moved 298,000 copies.
Biggest Debuts: Mary J. Blige’s greatest-hits collection bowed at No. 9, with 171,000 copies sold, while Fantasia’s self-titled album–her first since she left the American Idol management camp–entered the chart at No. 19, selling 133,000 copies.
Biggest Slides: All of the non-debuting albums in this week’s top 10 experienced sales gains, but last week’s top three albums tumbled out of the top 10–Ciara’s Ha, Ha, Eminem, I’m Still Ahead Of You dipped to No. 11 on a 51.5% drop, Eminem’s Another Glass of Whine fell to No. 13 with a 51% sales decline, and Gwen Stefani’s Extended Commercial For My Clothing Line sank to No. 14.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: The retread collection Now 23–featuring such hits of yestermonth as “SexyBack” and “A Public Affair”–sat pretty at No. 4, selling 235,000 copies. Are there that many people out there who have no idea what to get for their office party’s holiday grab bag? Or are there some listeners who actually aren’t sick of “London Bridge” by this point? Really, we’re stumped.
Young Jeezy, Hicks Enter Atop The Billboard 200 [Billboard]