Rapper's effort is second Def Jam title to hit top in three weeks
Rapper 2 Chainz’s solo career saw some immediate liftoff this week as his debut album “Based on a T.R.U. Story” shot to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart.The former member of the Atlanta hip-hop twosome Playaz Circle, who originally worked under the stage name Tity Boi, shifted 147,000 copies of his Def Jam solo bow, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Aug. 19. The set is the second Def Jam rap title to reach No. 1 in the last three weeks: Rick Ross’ “God Forgives, I Don’t,” which topped the chart with a 218,000-unit entry two weeks ago, dropped one rung to No. 3 this week with a 43,000-unit tally (off 27%). Last week’s No. 1 debut, the Capitol-distributed hits compilation “Now 43,” lost 32% and dropped to No. 2 with a 75,000-copy frame. Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse matched their highest chart post ever with “The Mighty Death Pop” (Psychopathic), which racked up first-week sales of 41,000. Title duplicated the chart peaks of “Bang! Pow! Boom!” (2009) and “The Amazing Jeckel Brothers” (1999). Only last week, ICP announced that it would legally dispute the FBI’s classification of its fans, known as “Juggalos,” as “a loosely organized hybrid gang” in a 2011 gang threat assessment report. Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” (Octone/A&M) received an Amazon MP3 bounce, jumping six poles to No. 11 and gaining 59% with 36,000 units sold after the online retailer offered the album as a one-day $3.99 special. Top 10 holdovers were Justin Bieber’s “Believe” (No. 6, 35,000 sold, up 17%), One Direction’s “Up All Night” (No. 7, 29,000, up 1%), Adele’s “21” (No. 8, 26,000, up 1%) and the Zac Brown Band’s “Uncaged” (No. 9, 25,000, off 20%). Florida pop-punk unit Yellowcard slipped into the top 10 at No. 10 with “Southern Air,” which moved a mild 23,000. It’s the act’s highest chart placement since “Lights and Sounds” climbed to No. 5 in 2006. A trey could trump a deuce on next week’s chart, as rap-R&B star Trey Songz’s new “Chapter 5” is the top candidate to displace 2 Chainz at No 1 next week. On the singles side, in a probable harbinger of better sales days to come, Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” moved 623,000 digital copies last week, setting a new one-week digital record for a female performer. The country-pop singer’s highly anticipated album “Red” lands Oct. 22.