Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint’ holds on to top spot

Oprah appearance boosts Whitney Houston

In a show of ongoing chart strength that’s rare these days, rap mogul Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3” repeated in the top spot on the U.S. current albums chart this week.

Despite a 37% decline, the Roc Nation title retained its No. 1 position for a second week, shifting 298,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday.

As expected, resurgent diva Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You” (Arista) received a hearty boost — up 77% — after the singer’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s daytime talker. Album was good for the No. 2 spot with 156,000 discs sold.

English rock band Muse entered at No. 3 with its Warner Bros. title “Resistance,” which moved 128,000 in its debut stanza. Rapper Kid Cudi made his bow on the big chart with “Man on the Moon: The End of Day,” which opened at No. 4 with a first-week score of 104,000 units.

Tween queen Miley Cyrus’ EP “Time of Our Lives” (Hollywood) dipped three positions to No. 5; the Walmart exclusive rang up 75,000 copies for the week.

Hip-hop phenom Drake moved in at No. 6 with his solo bow “So Far Gone” (Cash Money), with 73,000 sold out of the box. Mixtape maestro Lil Boosie’s “Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz” (Asylum) powered onto the chart at No. 7 with a first-week total of 49,000.

Country-pop darling Taylor Swift benefited from the media tempest following Kanye West’s disruption of her MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech: Her long-running “Fearless” (Big Machine) moved up to No. 8 from No. 10, with sales increasing 37% to 46,000.

Thrash-metal perennial Megadeth roared onto the chart at No. 9; Dave Mustaine-fronted act’s “Endgame” (Roadrunner) debuted with a 45,000-unit first week.

Black Eyed Peas’ tireless “E.N.D.” (Interscope) slipped to No. 10 from No. 8 (reflecting a slim 8% decline), selling 40,000.

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