Michael Jackson, rapper Fabolous lead album charts

Wed Aug 5, 2009 5:59pm EDT
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By Monica Herrera and Keith Caulfield

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Rapper Fabolous ruled the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time in his career on Wednesday, but a Michael Jackson's hits collection sold more copies and becomes the year's second-best selling album.

Since Jackson's "Number Ones" came out more than 18 months ago -- in 2003, to be exact -- it is ineligible for the Billboard 200, and instead leads the Comprehensive Albums chart, which combines catalog and current releases.

It sold 114,000 copies during the week ended August 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its total for the year now adds up to 1,370,000 copies, moving it past the "Hannah Montana" movie soundtrack (1,338,000) and Eminem's "Relapse" (1,319,000). Only Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (with 1,499,000) stands in Jackson's way as 2009's top seller.

The King of Pop has now held the best-selling album in the U.S. for five out of the past six weeks. "Number Ones" stepped aside only when Daughtry's "Leave This Town" bowed with 269,000 two weeks ago.

Back on the Billboard 200, Fabolous' "Loso's Way" sold 99,000 copies. The New York rapper charted as high as No. 2 when 2007's "From Nothin' to Somethin'" shifted 159,000 in its first week.

The chart's second-highest debut came from "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale, who landed at No. 12 with 25,000 copies of her second album, "Guilty Pleasure." Tisdale's 2007 album, "Headstrong," debuted at No. 4 with 64,000.

Last week's No. 1 -- also from a Disney starlet -- Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again," tumbled to No. 8 in its second week, selling 39,000 copies.

Daughtry's "Leave This Town" held at No. 2 with 62,000, while both Maxwell's "BLACKsummers'night" (No. 3 with 55,000) and the "Now 31" compilation (No. 4 with 53,000) also stayed put.   Continued...

<p>Rapper Fabolous arrives for the premiere of the film "Notorious" in New York January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>