Lupe Fiasco Shoots To The Top Of The Album Chart With ‘Lasers’

Robbie Daw | March 16, 2011 9:38 am

Despite its seemingly troubled production history, Lupe Fiasco’s third LP Lasers debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart after selling 204,000 copies—the second best first-week sales for a record this year, following Adele’s 21. And speaking of which, 21 drops to the #2 position after a two-week stint at #1. Head below to see what other albums debuted high on the chart. Following Lasers, four new albums crash the Top 10, lead by the fifth volume of Glee: The Music (at #3 with 90,000 copies). The latest soundtrack to the TV series includes songs from last night’s episode containing original songs.

Avril Lavigne’s fourth LP Goodbye Lullaby makes an appropriate debut at #4. Of course, the 87,000 copies of the album sold in its first week is a far cry from the 286,000 The Best Damn Thing started out with four years ago. Lavigne has been on the promo trail this week, performing her single “What The Hell” on various TV shows.

In at #5 and #6, respectively, are R.E.M with their 15th album Collapse Into Now (57,000) and Sara Evans with her sixth LP Stronger (55,000).

Next week: look for debuts from Rise Against’s Endgame and Travis Barker’s Give The Drummer Some.

The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart:

1. Lupe Fiasco, Lasers *new* *1 week* 2. Adele, 21 3. Glee Cast, Glee: The Music, Volume 5 *new* 4. Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby *new* 5. R.E.M., Collapse Into Now*new* 6. Sara Evans, Stronger *new* 7. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More 8. Marsha Ambrosius, Late Nights & Early Mornings 9. Justin Bieber, Never Say Never — The Remixes 10. Various, NOW 37