T.I. scores second chart topper

Velvet Revolver, Kelly Rowland fill out top

“T.I. vs. T.I.P.” (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) became rapper T.I.’s second chart-topper in the last 16 months, selling 468,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the highest sales week for a rap album this year.

Beginning Aug. 3 in New Orleans, T.I. will headline the Screamfest ’07 tour, which will feature Ciara, T-Pain and Yung Joc.

The rapper-actor is stepping outside traditional promo vehicles to launch the first MMS collect-to-win mobile social community with T.I. Trading Cards. His mobile game, “T.I. Street Racing,” was relaunched last week via AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile.

An announcement of a development slate from T.I.’s Grand Hustle Films is expected within a few weeks.

Traditionally a slow week for music sales, the Fourth of July sales period also saw two other top-10 debuts.

Velvet Revolver’s second disc, “Libertad” (RCA), dropped in at No. 5. selling 93,000. That’s a distant cry from the first week sales of the supergroup’s first album, “Contraband,” which debuted at No. 1 in 2004, selling 256,000.

Album’s first single, “She Builds Quick Machines” is a top-five radio hit. Velvet Revolver begins a 37-city U.S. tour Aug. 5 in Baltimore.

“Ms. Kelly” (Music World/Columbia) from former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland came in a notch lower, selling 82,000. It’s her first visit to the top 10.

Other debuts included “Transformers: The Album” (Warner Bros.) selling 32,000 (No. 21); Silverstein’s “Arrivals & Departure” (Victory) selling 27,000 (No. 25); Montez De Durango’s “Agarrese” (Disa) moving 18,000 (No. 41) and Sara Bareilles’ “Little Voice” (Epic) chirping 16,000 (No. 45).

Last week’s No. 1, Miley Cyrus’ double-disc “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus” dipped 42% in sales and one slot on the chart, selling 188,000 units. Kelly Clarkson’s “My December” dropped 61% and one slot as well, selling 113,000 (No. 3). Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” dropped to No. 4 from No. 3, with only a 25% slide on sales of 94,000.

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