Busta Debuts With a ‘Bang’
Busta Rhymes' latest album, 'The Big Bang,' debuted this week atop the charts, selling 209,000 copies and unseating AFI, last week's No. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the rapper's first No. 1 in a 15-year career. Rhymes' last effort, 2002's 'It Ain't Safe No More,' was anemic in comparison, debuting at No. 43 and selling only 62,000 copies in its first week out.
Firmly wedged at No. 2 were the Dixie Chicks, who sold another 130,000 copies of their latest, 'Taking the Long Way,' giving the country stars enough push to top one million in sales in four weeks of release. West Coast punks AFI dropped two spots to No. 3, with their new album, 'Decemberunderground,' selling 103,000 copies.
Rounding out the Top Five was -- surprise -- the soundtrack to the Disney film 'High School Musical,' followed by 'One-X,' the sophomore effort from Canadian Christian rockers Three Days Grace, which sold 79,000 and 78,000 copies, respectively.
This week's Top Five at a glance:
1. Busta Rhymes' 'The Big Bang'
2. Dixie Chicks' 'Taking the Long Way'
3. AFI's 'Decemberunderground'
4. 'High School Musical' Soundtrack
5. Three Days Grace's 'One-X'