On the Charts: Jeezy Edges Kenny Chesney, Takes Number One
A heated race for the top spot on the Billboard 200 ended with Jeezy claiming his third Number One album with Trap or Die 3, which sold 89,000 total copies in its first week of release.
The Atlanta rapper notched his first Number One album since 2008’s The Recession and third overall since 2006’s The Inspiration, Billboard reports.
Four new releases vied for Number One, and all four ended up in the Billboard 200’s top four this week: After Jeezy, Kenny Chesney‘s Cosmic Hallelujah finished a close second, selling a shade less than Trap or Die 3; Billboard rounds the album totals to the closest thousand, so while Jeezy finished north of 89,000, Chesney sold just south.
The country singer has seven Number One albums to his resume, although his two most recent albums, Cosmic Hallelujah and 2014’s The Big Revival, peaked at Number Two.
Meek Mill‘s DC4, the fourth installment in his Dreamchasers mixtape series, debuted at Number Three with 87,000 copies. Rounding out the big debuts was Avenged Sevenfold‘s surprise new LP The Stage, which sold 76,000 copies despite arriving on short notice.
The surge of new releases pushed Lady Gaga’s Joanne, last week’s Number One, to Number Five. Similarly, Drake’s Views, which had spent 26 consecutive weeks in the Billboard 200’s Top Five since its April release, was pushed down to Number Seven.
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Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas placed Number Six. Rounding out the Top 10 were returnees like the Suicide Squad soundtrack (Number Eight), the Hamilton cast recording (Nine) and Michael Buble’s Nobody But Me at Number 10.
Jeezy’s stay atop the Billboard 200 should be short-lived as Alicia Keys’ Here, Common’s Black America Again and the Trolls soundtrack enter the fray.