Ludacris, in a surprise upset, took the top spot on the album chart over Janet Jackson’s much-hyped new release this week. Although Janet’s “20 Y.O.” came on strong with a solid 296,278 albums sold, Ludacris’”Release Therapy” topped her sales by just over 13,000 units.
Other new releases to crack the Top 10 were Tony Bennett’s “Duets” andAlan Jackson’s “Red Like A Rose,”coming in at #s 3 and 4, respectively. Most noteworthy, though, is the #10 position of funnyman ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s new release, which is his highest chart performer in his entire 23-year career. Yankovic also landed the #10 spot on the Downloaded Singles chart with his buzz-worthy rap parody “White & Nerdy.”
Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” dropped to #4 after spending two weeks at #1, but still performed exceptionally well despite the four new releases that trumped him. His single “SexyBack” swapped places with last weeks’ #2 most downloaded single, “How To Save A Life” by the Fray, who found themselves at #1 this week.
Clay Aiken and Fergie each dropped six placeson the album chart, while John Mayer inched up onenotch and Hinder rose three places from their position last week.
It’s the 80’s all over again next week as Depeche Mode, Bananarama and Journey return to store shelves with new releases.
Below are the 2. JANET JACKSON - 20 Y.O. - 296,2783. TONY BENNETT - Duets: An American Classic - 201,5364. ALAN JACKSON - Like Red OnA Rose - 148,5035. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - FutureSex/LoveSounds - 146,8546. JOHN MAYER - Continuum - 91,3207. HINDER - Extreme Behavior - 76,9978. CLAY AIKEN - A Thousand Different Ways - 74,0539. FERGIE - The Dutchess - 73,75810. WEIRD AL YANKOVIC - Straight Outta Lynwood -72,600
2. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - SexyBack - 87,9013. HINDER - Lips Of An Angel - 82,1324. LUDACRISfeat. PHARRELL - Money Maker - 75,8605. SNOW PATROL - Chasing Cars - 74,7676. AKON feat. EMINEM - Smack That - 67,2247. JIBBS - Chain Hang Low - 56,1258. FERGIE - London Bridge - 54,2559. EVANESCENCE - Call Me When You’re Sober - 41,54910. WEIRD AL YANKOVIC - White & Nerdy - 39,531