The King amongst kings is back. T.I. [click to read] shocks many, not only going gold within one week, but taking the number one spot by a sound margin. Paper Trail [click to read] beat out #2 debut Jennifer Hudson by over 300,000 units, as Atlantic Records' flagship artist reminds fans that while he's not performing quite as strongly as Lil Wayne's first week on the charts, he's well beyond perceived competition Young Jeezy, The Game and Nas, in commercial viability.
As Ne-Yo remained in the Top 10, and Joe debuted there last week, Robin Thicke [click to read] entered the charts at #3. The Interscope singer's Something Else sold well over six figures of units in its premier week. Following that, mainstays in Hip Hop crowded near the bottom of the Top 20. Young Jeezy [click to read] and his Recession [click to read], The Game [click to read] and his LAX [click to read] were split by Lil Wayne [click to read], whose Tha Carter [click to read] took #14, between their respective #12 and #18 positions.