Elvis, Beatles and who?
Jay-Z joins royalty with 10th No. 1Want to win a bar bet this weekend? Throw this down: Name the three acts who have had at least 10 No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
"The Beatles," your mark probably will reply right off. And they'd be right. The Fab Four has amassed 19 chart toppers since "Meet the Beatles" spent 11 weeks at No. 1 in 1964.
The singer tied for second-most albums to top the chart is semi-obvious, but he's more closely associated with singles: Elvis Presley managed 10 No. 1s.
Should your prey happen to name the King, then enjoy a smirk as the guesses fly regarding the third. "The Stones?" Nope, only nine. "Zeppelin?" Try again. Chart geeks might chime in with Barbra Streisand or Garth Brooks. No, but thanks for playing our game. (They had eight each.)
"The answer," you'll offer as you reach for the beer someone just bought for you, "is Jay-Z."
Yes, the once-retired rapper lands his jaw-dropping 10th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "American Gangster," which sold 425,000 copies in its first week out. It's not that he's anything less than a household name — the guy's been charting for 11 years, runs multimillion-dollar businesses and is Beyonce's main squeeze. Still, the average music fan or even die-hard chart watcher is unlikely to link him with Elvis and John, Paul, George and Ringo among album royalty.
Meanwhile, the top 10 has four other new residents this week. Another "retired" superstar, country juggernaut Brooks, makes his first appearance on the chart in nearly six years with "Ultimate Hits," while teenage krumpmeister Chris Brown is back with his sophomore effort, "Exclusive."
Angels and Airwaves, the rock quartet led by Blink-182's Tom DeLonge, makes it 2-for-2 in top 10 albums with "I-Empire," and rapper Cassidy — having endured an eight-month ride for involuntary manslaughter and survived a near-fatal car crash since his last record — lands his second consecutive top 10 with " B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story."
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.