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On the Charts: Lil Wayne Retakes Number One From Coldplay

July 9, 2008 11:22 AM ET

The Big News: After a two week vacation, Lil Wayne reclaimed the top spot as Tha Carter III sold 156,000 copies to swap places with Coldplay's Viva La Vida. There was a consolation for Chris Martin, however, as his band's fourth album went platinum in its third week. The Camp Rock soundtrack held onto the number three spot for the third consecutive week. A pair of debuts, G Unit's T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight) and John Mayer's Where the Light Is, rounded out the top five.

Debuts: It was a pretty tepid week for debuts, with only two other new albums — Tech N9ne's Killer at 12 and Alkaline Trio's Agony and Irony at 13 — sneaking into the top 20. My Chemical Romance's live The Black Parade is Dead! came in at 22 and only 22,000 High School Musical fans bought Vanessa Hudgens' sophomore album Identified.

Last Week's Heroes: While the top three stayed the same, the rest of the top ten got all shook up, with last week's number four, Mötley Crüe's Saints of Los Angeles, dropping to sixteen after a 69% sales decrease and Three 6 Mafia's Last 2 Walk dropped from five to 11. Meanwhile, Kid Rock's Rock & Roll Jesus is enjoying a bit of a resurgence, jumping from twelve to seven after 39 weeks on the charts.

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