Jay-Z reclaims 'Kingdom' with No. 1 debut
EmptyConsider Jay-Z officially unretired: The hit-making rapper blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week, trouncing the competition with booming Black Friday sales of his new album "Kingdom Come" (Def Jam).
The starting gun of the Christmas shopping season lifted sales 36% over last week, as 19 albums sold more than 100,000 copies.
With his first release since 2003's "The Black Album," which began his short-lived "retirement," Jay-Z rolled up sales of 680,000 in his debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 26. It was the musician/label exec's best sales week ever, bettering 2000's "The Dynasty Roc La Familia" by more than 120,000.
Pulling in as a distant No. 2 is "Daughtry" (RCA), the debut effort by "American Idol" rocker Chris Daughtry's band. The group shifted 304,000 in its debut week.
"Now 23," the Sony-distributed hits collection, holds steady at No. 3 with 289,000 sold.
The holiday also gave consumers a chance to re-meet the Beatles: "Love" (Apple/Capitol), featuring mashed-up Fab Four music from the current Cirque De Soleil extravaganza, debuts at No. 4 with initial sales of 272,000. The Beatles compilation "1" was a holiday hit in 2000.
Rolling in behind "I Wanna Love You," his current hit with Senegal-born rapper Akon, perennial West Coast star Snoop Dogg logs onto the top 10 at No. 5 with "Blue Carpet Treatment." The Geffen collection reeled in 264,000 its first week.
Jay-Z's lady love had a pretty good week herself: Beyonce's "B'Day" (Columbia) witnessed a 155% sales bounce, rising three chart positions to No. 6 with sales of 173,000.
Disney's "Hannah Montana" soundtrack loses two chart poles, falling to No. 7 despite a 47% sales increase and a 167,000-unit tally. Akon's "Konvicted" (Konvict/Up Front/Universal Motown) drops six positions to No. 8, moving 163,000.
Even 11 years after his shooting death, rap icon Tupac Shakur remains a reliable chart commodity. The latest posthumous compilation, "Pac's Life" (Interscope), bows at No. 9 with a 159,000-unit launch.
Country star Keith Urban rounds out the top 10: The singer's "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing" (Capitol Nashville) falls four slots to No. 10, in spite of a 51% gain, on sales of 157,000.
Other big debuts include Irish supergroup U2's hits collection "U218: Singles" (Island), in at No. 12 with sales of 134,000; Mexican telenovela stars RBD's "Celestial" (EMI Televisa), arriving at No. 15 behind a 117,000-unit week; and popera unit Il Divo's "Siempre" (Columbia), coming on at No. 17 with 108,000 sold.