The Game wins No. 1 on Billboard 200
EmptyA pair of hot new rap albums top the Billboard 200 this week, with the Game's entry at No. 1 possibly setting the stage for the now unretired Jay-Z's arrival in the same slot next week.
"Doctor's Advocate" (Interscope), the second album by dissident former G-Unit member the Game, reaches the chart apex with sales of 358,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 19. The West Coast rapper -- who shifted labels after a much-publicized wrangle with former posse partner 50 Cent -- topped the chart two years ago with his debut "The Documentary."
Senegal-born rapper Akon bows at No. 2 with his sophomore release "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal Motown). Currently breaking up the rap/hip-hop chart with "I Wanna Love You," his duet with Snoop Dogg, the artist born as Aliaune Thiam sold 284,000 units his first week out.
Last week's No. 1 debut, the hits compilation "Now 23," slips two positions to No. 3. The Sony-distributed package sold 194,000. Balladeer Josh Groban's "Awake" (Warner Bros.) also loses two slots, hitting No. 4 after a 150,000-unit week. Disney's "Hannah Montana" soundtrack hangs in at No. 5; the Miley Cyrus-led collection moved 114,000.
Country vocalist Keith Urban's "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing" (Capitol Nashville) drops three steps to No. 6, with sales of 103,000. Country duo Sugarland's "Enjoy the Ride" (Mercury Nashville) also loses three positions, arriving at No. 7 with an 81,000-unit week.
Mock-metallic comedy duo Tenacious D's "The Pick of Destiny" (Epic), a companion package to the like-titled new feature, arrives at No. 8. The Jack Black-Kyle Gass opus shifted 81,000 in its debut week.
With her starring film vehicle "Dreamgirls" imminent, Beyonce re-enters the top 10 with her solo album "B'Day" (Columbia). The former Destiny's Child front woman's collection gains seven positions, reaching No. 9 with 68,000 sold and a 17% gain.
The new combo +44, featuring Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, moves in at No. 10 with its debut album "When Your Heart Stops Beating" (Interscope), with initial sales of 66,000.