September 10, 2008 / 6:36 PM / in 9 years

Young Jeezy, New Kids lead U.S. album chart

<p>Joey McInytre, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight and Danny Wood (L-R) of the U.S. band 'New Kids On The Block' pose during a photo call in Munich July 9, 2008. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rapper Young Jeezy claimed his second No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart on Wednesday, while the newly reunited New Kids On The Block entered at No. 2 with their first release in 14 years.

Yong Jeezy’s “The Recession” moved 260,000 copies during the week ended September 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a hefty drop from the 352,000-unit start for his previous No. 1, 2006’s “The Inspiration.”

The New Kids’ “The Block” followed far behind with 95,000 copies. The boy band’s last studio effort, 1994’s “Face the Music,” bowed at No. 37 with 27,000. “The Block” is the band’s biggest chart debut since “Step by Step” started at No. 1 in 1990. The new album was led by the single “Summertime,” which peaked at No. 36 on the Hot 100.

Last week’s runner-up, rapper the Game’s “LAX” slipped to No. 3 with 89,000. Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” was No. 4 with 79,000, also down one place.

After barely beating out “LAX” on top last week, Slipknot’s Roadrunner album “All Hope Is Gone” slid to No. 5 with 75,000. The soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!” fell two to No. 7 with 56,000.

Christian rock band Underoath landed at No. 8 with “Lost in the Sound of Separation,” which sold 56,000 copies. The sextet’s last studio set, 2006’s “Define the Great Line,” arrived at No. 2 with 98,000.

Another Christian act, Chris Tomlin, entered at No. 9 with “Hello Love,” which sold 52,000 copies, his best charting and sales week yet. Rapper Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” fell four to No. 10 with 47,000.

Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s “That Lucky Old Sun” debuted at No. 21 with 21,000 copies. It’s Wilson’s first new studio album since 2004’s “Gettin’ in Over My Head,” which debuted at No. 11 with half the number of copies.

Later that year, he issued the long-unfinished album “Smile,” originally intended for release by the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s. It debuted at No. 13 with 65,000 copies, the best performer of Wilson’s spotty solo releases. His chart span now stands at almost 46 years, dating back to the debut of the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” in November 1962.

Other debuts included former Day26 member Donnie Klang’s solo debut “Just a Rolling Stone” at No. 19; Hollywood Undead’s “Swan Songs” at No. 22; actor Terrence Howard’s recording debut “Shine Through It” at No. 31; and the iTunes exclusive soundtrack to the Internet film-musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, at No. 39.

Overall sales dropped 5.6% from the previous week to 6.75 million units, and were down 8.2% from the same week last year.

Reuters/Billboard

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