October 15, 2008 / 10:04 PM / 10 years ago

Rapper T.I. continues reign atop U.S. album chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Despite a 69 percent drop-off in sales, rapper T.I. claimed a second week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday with “Paper Trail.”

Rapper T.I. poses at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 1, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

The set sold 177,000 copies in the States during the week ended October 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after debuting the previous week with 568,000.

Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” climbed back from No. 5 to No. 2 despite a 24 percent sales slide to 66,000 copies. Marking a career high for charting and sales, Rise Against’s “Appeal to Reason” debuted at No. 3 with 65,000. The punk rock band’s last set, 2006’s “The Sufferer and the Witness,” bowed at No. 10 with 48,000.

Oscar-winning “American Idol” reject Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut fell from the second rung to No. 4, on a 71 percent sales decrease to 63,000. Veteran British rock act Oasis scored its first top 10 set since 1997, as “Dig Out Your Soul” debuted at No. 5, moving 53,000 copies. The band’s last studio set, 2005’s “Don’t Believe the Truth,” began at No. 12 but with a larger opening sales week of 65,000. Oasis last reached the top tier when 1997’s “Be Here Now” debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 152,000.

Bob Dylan notched his 17th top 10 album — and 50th charting set overall — on the Billboard 200 as the triple-disc collection “The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 — Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased, 1989-2006” debuted at No. 6 with 50,000. It’s the best chart position for any album in Dylan’s “Bootleg” series.

Staying put at No. 7 for a third week straight, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” sold 48,000 (a 15 percent drop) in its 53rd week on the chart. Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” continued its decline, falling from No. 6 to No. 8 with 47,000 (a 33 percent slide).

Selling 44,000 copies, Tim McGraw’s “Greatest Hits 3” debuted at No. 9. The success came despite McGraw’s having denounced the project in a press release Tuesday. James Taylor’s “Covers” closed out the top 10 on the album chart, slipping from No. 4 to No. 10 on a 54 percent sales hit to 44,000.

With 40,000, Sarah McLachlan’s hits collection “Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan,” bowed at No. 11.

Other debuts during the week included Senses Fail’s “Life Is Not a Waiting Room” (No. 18, 24,000), Marco Antonia Solis’ “No Molestar” (No. 19, 23,000), the Pretenders’ “Break Up the Concrete” (No. 32, 16,000) and Tesla’s “Forever More” (No. 33, 16,000).

At 6.41 million units, sales were down 14.5 percent from the previous week’s sum and down 23.1 percent from the year-earlier period.


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