Jay-Z's latest may not have gone platinum in his first week out (or gold for that matter), but the rapper's new album will grab the number one spot on the "Billboard" album chart all the same next week.According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, the rapper's "Vol. 3... The Life And Times of S. Carter" sold more than 462,000 copies in its first week out bumping last week's number one, DMX, down to number two. Many in the industry had speculated that both rappers had a shot at cracking the 1 million mark with their first week sales, but neither artist reached that lofty plateau. DMX (who sold more than 698,000 copies in his debut week) did manage to pass the platinum 1 million sales milepost in his second week as his "And Then There Was X" has now sold 1.1 million copies. Dr. Dre also stands poised on the verge of a lofty sales feat as his "Dr. Dre 2001" has now sold 1.9 million copies in its seven weeks of release, and will likely pass 2 million next week.
Jay-Z boasted the week's only debut, and numbers were down across the board for the sales week (which ended on January 2) indicating that the glow of the holiday season has dimmed considerably. As a result, a number of releases that had been bumped from the top 200 during the holiday gold rush have returned to the chart, with System Of A Down's self-titled debut returning at 130, DMX's previous effort "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood" coming back at 154, and Moby's "Play" taking back a slot at 161.