This artcile was updated at 5:20 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD — Rapper DMX’s latest — and purportedly last — disc “Grand Champ” (Def Jam) has continued his impressive string of No. 1 bows with sales of 312,000 copies, leading a smorgasbord of new entries into the top 10 albums sold this past week, according to SoundScan.
Record title aptly describes the reigning king of hardcore rap, as all four of DMX’s previous releases entered the charts at the top, and each has gone at least triple-platinum. DMX announced he’s retiring from the music biz to focus on church and family.
“Thirteenth Step,” the sophomore effort from Virgin’s enigmatic rock outfit A Perfect Circle, landed in the second spot, moving 231,000 units.
R&B artist Erykah Badu’s third studio release, “Worldwide Underground” (Motown), entered the charts at No. 3 with 144,000.
Columbia singer-songwriter John Mayer’s “Heavier Things,” last week’s No. 1, fell to fourth position at 137,000, having sold more than 450,000 albums in its first two weeks.
Hilary Duff’s “Metamorphosis” (Buena Vista) and Beyonce’s “Dangerously in Love” (Columbia) saw slides to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, despite sales increases from the previous week. “Metamorphosis” experienced a moderate spike from 107,000 to 126,000 units, while Beyonce’s disc a rose from 74,000 to 85,000.
Other high-charting debuts: Thursday’s “War All the Time,” the major-label bow (Island) of the hardcore group from New Jersey, nabbed seventh place on sales of 74,000; “Walk Witt Me” (Universal), the solo effort from Sheek Louch of the rap group the L.O.X., sold 65,000 at No. 9; and Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx following closely behind, delivered more than 64,000 copies of his second Interscope disc, “Deliverance,” to round out the top 10.
Notable entries in the top 40 include David Bowie at No. 29 with 33,000 copies sold of “Reality” (Columbia), the stylistic follow-up to last year’s “Heathen”; soul legend Aretha Franklin’s first album in five years, “So Damn Happy” (Arista), debuting at No. 33 on sales of 28,000; and a Capitol compilation of the Steve Miller Band, “Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits,” logging in at No. 37 on the strength of 26,000 discs sold.