The week their joint tour came to screeching halt with accusations of inappropriate behavior and a $75 million breach of contract suit, R. Kelly and Jay-Z debuted at No. 1 on the nation’s album sales chart. “Unfinished Business” (Jive/Def Jam/IDJMG) sold 215,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen/SoundScan.
The duo’s first album, “The Best of Both Worlds,” sold 223,000 copies in its first week in 2002. Their tour was planned for 40 cities but was cut short after an incident in Madison Square Garden in which Kelly said from the stage that he saw a man waving guns. Jay-Z performed the booked shows without Kelly and has continued with the tour, now billed as Jay-Z and Friends.
“Thug Matrimony” (Slip N Slide/Atlantic), the sixth album from Trick Daddy, debuted at No. 2, selling 145,000. Sales and chart position rep career bests for the Miami rapper.
Simple Plan’s sophomore disc “Still Not Getting Any …” (Lava) sold 139,000 to take No. 3, one slot above last week’s chart-topper, Rod Stewart’s “Stardust … Great American Songbook Vol. 3” (J Records), which sold 134,000.
Another album of covers, Michael McDonald’s “Motown Two” (Motown), came out of the blocks stronger than the first release, debuting at No. 9 on sales of 70,000. Darryl Hall and John Oates’ disc of soul covers, “Our Kind of Soul” (U-Watch), sold 14,000 in its debut week.
Release of the Universal biopic “Ray” assisted two albums by the Genius of Soul. The “Ray” soundtrack leapt 13 places to No. 10 on sales of 55,000; his final album, “Genius Loves Company” (Concord/Hear Music), sold 96,000 and dropped three spots to No. 5. “Company” will top the million sales mark this week.
Other debuts included Blake Shelton’s “Barn and Grill” (Warners), which sold 39,000 to take No. 20; Wu-Tang Clan’s greatest hits album “The Legend of the Wu-Tang Clan,” 14,000; Willie Nelson’s “It Will Always Be” (Lost Highway) and the Donnas’ “Gold Medal” (Atlantic), 13,000 each; and Jackie-O’s “Poe Little Rich Girl” (TVT), 11,000.