by Allen Jacobs
As many experts predicted, Drake is the latest Rap artist to achieve a #1 debut. The Young Money/Cash Money rapper's "official" first album, Thank Me Later edged out Tom
Usher's Raymond v. Raymond fell one spot to #13. The veteran Pop entertainer's "divorce album" is marching its way to a platinum plaque for Mr. Raymond and his longtime backer, LaFace Records.
Spots #17 through #19 were taken by B.o.B., Plies and The Black Eyed Peas respectively. The Adventures of Bobby Ray will be officially over halfway to a gold plaque next week, while the year-old E.N.D. aims at possibly reaching triple platinum. Goon Affiliated pushes its way towards 100,000 sold for the Florida sensation.
* Please note: figures below approximated to nearest thousandth.
Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)
|Rank||Artist||Album||This Week||Est. Total|
|1||Drake||Thank Me Later||447,000||447,000|
|13||Raymond v. Raymond||29,000||850,000|
|17||B.o.B. Presents||The Adventures of Bobby Ray||20,000||249,000|
|19||Black Eyed Peas||The E.N.D.||19,000||2,609,000|