Artist secures second No. 1 with 'Recession'

Young Jeezy secured his second No. 1 album as “Recession” (CTE/Def Jam) sold 260,000 in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.

Led by the single “Put On” featuring Kanye West, album was also the top seller on the digital sales chart. A second single, “Vacation,” has just been released to radio. The Atlanta rapper’s first No. 1 album came in 2006 when his “The Inspiration” sold 352,000.

“Recession” was the buzzword for the charts as no other disc topped 100,000 in sales.

New Kids on the Block’s first album since 1994, “Block” (Interscope), sold 95,000 units to open at No. 2. Columbia Records’ recently released “Greatest Hits” enjoyed a domino effect, selling 15,000 copies — nearly double the previous week’s total – to move up 24 slots to No. 30. Their current single, “Summertime,” has sold more than a half-million downloads.

“Lost in the Sound of Separation” (Tooth & Nail) from Christian rock act Underoath moved 56,000 to debut at No. 8.

Another Christian artist, Chris Tomlin, saw heavy promotion at online retailers pay off as his “Hello Love” (Six Steps/EMI) secured record results in sales and chart position. Album, his sixth, sold 52,000, landing at No. 9.

“Just a Rolling Stone” (Bad Boy) by Donnie Klang, a fan favorite on the most recent season of MTV’s “Making the Band,” sold 22,000 to debut at No. 19.

“That Lucky Old Sun,” Brian Wilson’s reunion with Capitol Records where the Beach Boys recorded from 1962 to 1969, sold 21,000 copies to start at lucky No. 21. The debut from hip-hop/metal rockers Hollywood Undead’s “Swan Songs” (A&M/Octone) sold the same amount and landed one slot lower.

Other debuts included the debut release from actor-singer Terrence Howard, “Shine Through It” (Columbia), moving 14,000 (No. 31); the iTunes-only soundtrack to Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Singalong” sold 12,000 (No. 39); Starbucks’ Nina Simone compilation “How It Feels to be Free” sold 11,000 (No. 44); and Slim Thug and Boss Hogg Outlawz’ “Back By Blockular Demand” (Koch) moved 10,000 (No. 48).

Last week’s chart-topper, Slipknot’s “All Hope is Gone,” dropped to No. 5, selling 75,000 copies.

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