'T.I.' traps chart's top spot
Rapper's 2nd No. 1 in 16 monthsA release during the usually quiet Fourth of July week didn't deter sales of T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," which sold 468,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The Grand Hustle/Atlantic set is T.I.'s second chart topper in the past year and a half. The Atlanta rapper's "King" opened in first with 522,000 copies in March 2006.
After entering at the summit last week, Miley Cyrus' double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" (Disney) slips to No. 2 with 188,000 units, a sales decrease of 42%. Kelly Clarkson's RCA album "My December" follows suit, falling one spot to No. 3 with 113,000 (a drop of 61%).
Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" (Island) descends a rung to No. 4 with 94,000, taking a 25% hit.
Velvet Revolver's sophomore RCA album, "Libertad," debuts at No. 5 with 92,000. The supergroup's first album, 2004's "Contraband," climbed onto the chart at No. 1 with 256,000.
Another sophomore effort bows inside the top tier this week as Kelly Rowland's Music World/ Columbia set "Ms. Kelly" debuts at No. 6 with 82,000. The former Destiny's Child singer was on the chart in 2002, when her solo debut "Simply Deep" entered and peaked at No. 12 with 77,000.
Brad Paisley's "5th Gear" (Arista Nashville) moves from fifth to seventh after a 27% drop to 59,000, while Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal) falls two slots to No. 8 with 57,000 (a slide of 9%) in its 17th week on the chart.
Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) descends from No. 8 to No. 9 with 57,000, a 1% decline. The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" (Third Man/Warner Bros.) is down from No. 4 to No. 10 after a 37% sales slide to 56,000.
Warner Bros.' "Transformers: The Album" soundtrack debuts at No. 21 this week with 32,000, while Victory rock act Silverstein's fourth album, "Arrivals & Departure," earns the group its best charting week, entering at No. 25 with 27,000. Other big debuts this week include Grupo Montez De Durango's "Agarrese" (Disa) at No. 41 with 18,000 and Sara Bareilles' "Little Voice" (Epic) at No. 45 with 16,000.
Sales this week are down 1.1% compared with last week's sum at 8.73 million units and down 3% compared with the same week a year ago.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.