Last week’s releases were full of quality material from Chris Brown, Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland and the Clipse. But Susan Boyle won’t let them all be great, as her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, held steady at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, selling 582,000 copies in its third week of release.
Brown’s Graffiti meanwhile debuted at No. 7, the lowest first-week tally of his career. His 2005 self-titled debut sold 154,000 records and 2007’s Exclusive moved just under 300,000 copies in the first week. The singer recently complained on Twitter about stores not stocking his album on shelves.
While currently serving a one-year prison sentence for probation violation, Gucci Mane wound up with the Number One rap album in the country. The State vs. Radric Davis — which features “Spotlight” with Usher, and “Wasted” with Plies — is currently at the top spot of Billboard’s Top 200 list for rap, after moving 89,000 units in its first week. The album is at No. 10 on the charts overall.
Elsewhere, Snoop Dogg moved 59,000 copies of his 10th solo album, Malice ‘N Wonderland, debuting at No. 21. Timbaland’s cameo-filled Shock Value II cranked out 39,000 records, debuting at No. 32. And the Clipse’s third LP, Til the Casket Drops, sold 31,000 copies, landing at No. 41. —Brad Wete and Linda Hobbs