Rapper retains top spot for fifth week
“The Massacre,” by 50 Cent, retained its hold on No. 1 for the fifth straight week, with the Aftermath/Interscope disc selling 328,000 copies in the week ended Sunday.
Nine new albums debuted in the top 50, led by the third disc from Kumbia King member Frankie J. His Columbia album “The One” sold 130,000 units to bow at No. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Queens of the Stone Age’s “Lullabies to Paralyze” (Interscope) sold 97,000 in its first stanza, the best first-week posting for the metal act, now on its fourth release. Disc came in at No. 5.
Lifehouse’s self-titled third album on DreamWorks opened at No. 10, selling 63,000 copies and beating out Trace Adkins’ “Songs About Me” (Capitol Nashville) by a mere 90 discs.
The Missy Elliot-mentored singer Tweet saw her sophomore disc, “It’s Me Again” (Elektra), sell 54,000 copies to debut at No. 17.
Moby’s “Hotel” (V2), which is getting heavy promotion from the W Hotels chain, opened at No. 28 on sales of 37,000.
Geffen rockers Trust Company sold 34,000 copies of their soph release, “True Parallels” (No. 32); “Prince of Darkness,” Epic’s four-disc collection of Ozzy Osbourne hits collaborations and covers, sold 32,000 (No. 36); “Truest **** I Ever Said” from incarcerated rapper C-Murder (Koch), moved 29,000 (No.41); and Billy Idol’s first studio album in 12 years, “Devil’s Playground” (Sanctuary), sold 27,000 (No. 46).