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Common’s ‘Forever’ tops charts

Rapper's 'Finding' sells 155,000 copies

Chicago rapper Common scored the first top record of his long career as his Geffen disc “Finding Forever” notched 155,000 sales in its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Frosh records scored on the chart this week: No. 2 was Korn’s eighth studio album, “Untitled,” which garnered 124,000 sales, while Sean Kingston’s self-titled debut and the 12th edition of Kidz Bop Kidz each debuted in the top 10, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively.

Kanye West was heavily involved in producing Common’s record, just as he was with the artist’s 2005 critical fave “Be.”

Common and Korn pushed last week’s top two duo, “Now: That’s What I Call Music! 25” and “Hairspray,” down two notches to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

Hollywood-inspired records continued to perform well, though: second edition of the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack sold 81,000 copies, good enough for No. 5.

One of the biggest gainers was Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go.” Album from the country star sold 23,000 copies, catapulting it back into the top 25 from No. 38. Album is now 24,000 copies shy of going platinum.

Biggest drop came with Sum 41’s “Underclass Hero”; disc fell from No. 7 to No. 34 in its second week on the charts.

Other albums to slide include T.I.’s Atlantic record “T.I. vs. T.I.P.,” which slid out of the top five to No. 8.

And Prince fell out of the top 10 with his “Planet Earth.” Album sold 39,000 copies to come in at No. 11.

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