Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift, and the "Glee" Christmas album hold on firmly to the Billboard 200's top three slots this week, but a few recognizable hip-hop names continue selling, including T.I., who hold this week's highest debut.
TIP's latest effort, No Mercy, begins at no. 4 on the charts this week, selling 159,000 copies to start. Its the ATL rapper's first new studio album to miss the no. 1 slot since 2004, when Urban Legend debuted and peaked at no. 10. His late album, Paper Trail, was his third no. 1 in a row, following his previous debuts, T.I. Vs T.I.P. (2007) and King (2006).
Behind T.I., the second-highest debut comes from Daft Punk's score to the new Disney film, "TRON: Legacy." It enters at no. 10 with 71,000, marking the highest chart position and sales week for the dance music act. It's also the first score album to reach the top 10 since 2005, when "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" debuted and peaked at no. 6 with 96,000.
As for previously released LPs, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday moved up two spots to no. 6 this week with 82,000 copies sold, pushing her album past gold-selling status.
At no. 9 is Rihanna's Loud with 71,000, putting her total on the brink of gold at 496,000.
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sell to no. 13 with 67,000, putting his total at 672,000 sold; while the Black Eyed Peas' latest, The Beginning, lands at no. 15 with 62,000.
Outside the top tier is Redman's new album, Redman Presents...Reggie, debuting at no. 100 with just over 10,000 copies sold.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 12) totaled 10.21 million units, up 11% compared to the sum last week (9.22 million) and down 15% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (12.00 million).