In this week’s Sales Wrap, Michael Jackson lives again at No. 3, R. Kelly finds a home at No. 6 and Diddy-Dirty Money make a stop on the chart.
Leading the way this week is Michael Jackson’s Michael, which opened at No. 3 behind Susan Boyle’s The Gift (254,300) andTaylor Swift’s Speak Now (259,100). According to Nielsen SoundScan, the singer’s posthumous release shelled out 228,200 records after a week in stores.
R&B veteran R. Kelly’s Love Letter debuted on the chart at No. 6. With seven days in the books, Kells’ latest solo offering has sold 154,300 copies.
Rap mogul Diddy and Dirty Money’s Last Train to Paris also premiered this week at No. 7. After one week, the crew’s new compilation album has sold 100,900 records.
Rapper Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday slid two slots to No. 8 with 97,400. With a full month under her belt, the Young Money star’s debut album has pushed out 658,400 copies.
R&B singer Rihanna’s Loud fell out of the Top 10 moving two slots to No. 11 with 83,700. After five weeks, the video vixen’s new LP has shelled out 579,300 units.
Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas’ The Beginningreceived a two-slot boost to No. 14 with 76,600. Headed into their first full month, the group’s new project stands at 257,900 sold units.
R&B singer Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You remained at No. 17 with 73,800. With seven weeks in the books, the pregnant singer’s holiday themed LP stands at 363,400 sold copies.
Incarcerated rapper T.I.’s No Mercy dropped 17 positions to No. 21 with 69,400. After two weeks, the “King of the South’s” new LP stands at 229,100 sold records.
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem’s Recovery dropped three slots to No. 22 with 68,500. Headed into his 27th week, Slim Shady‘s latest release stands at 3,214,300 sold copies.
Pop star Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans remained at No. 29 with 54,900. Headed into his third month, the singer’s new LP stands at 328,900 sold copies.
R&B singer Tank’s Now Or Never debuted on the chart at No. 35. With seven days in the books, the crooner’s new album has shelled out 43,700 records.
Video vixen Ciara’s Basic Instinct also landed on the chart this week securing a spot at No. 44. After seven days in stores, the project has moved out 36,700 units.
Leveling things out in Top 50 is Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being which moved one slot down to No. 49. Headed into its 13th week, Weezy’s latest solo effort has sold 595,600 pieces.