The biggest boss keeps streak alive
EmptyRick Ross is batting 1.000. The Miami rapper makes it 3-for-3 No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, including two in 13 months, as "Deeper Than Rap" moved 158,000 units during its first week. That's 40,000 fewer than "Trilla" sold during its freshman week in March 2008 but easily enough to push the soundtrack to "Hannah Montana: The Movie" from the summit.
Depeche Mode scores its sixth top 10 album and best debut since 1993 with "Sounds of the Universe." But the 80,000-unit tally marks the English electronic band's smallest debut sales week for a studio set since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The group's previous four studio offerings — dating to its lone No. 1, 1993's "Songs of Faith and Devotion" — had opening weeks north of 92,000.
Pennsylvania rapper Asher Roth — whose paean to partying, "I Love College," flirted with the pop top 10 last month — arrives at No. 5 with his debut disc, "Asleep in the Bread Aisle."
Elsewhere, the double-platinum soundtrack to "Twilight" remains for a sixth consecutive week in the top 10, where it has resided since the film's DVD release.
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.