Wednesday, September 23, 2009

'Blueprint 3' Tops Billboard 200 For 2nd Straight Week

According to Billboard, Jay-Z remains in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with his new album "The Blueprint 3" shifting 298,000 copies in its second week. The album bowed atop the list last week with 476,000, beating Elvis and making it Hov's 11th straight number one album.

Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 has sold a total of 774,000 copies in its two weeks since release.

Traditionally, No. 1-debuting albums that start with monster sales weeks have a steeper second-week decline. Jay-Z's drop, however, was fairly soft, in part because last week was the album's first proper week of availability. Though "The Blueprint 3" had its Sept. 11 release pushed up to Sept. 8, many retailers reportedly didn't have the album until later that week.