Tupac Shakur lives.
Or at least his music and legacy continue. Until the End of Time, the rapper's fourth posthumous collection, has returned Shakur to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart four and a half years after his death (see "Tupac: The Legacy Grows").
Shakur's Until the End of Time, a double album of previously unreleased material from the rapper's vaults, sold more than 426,000 copies last week to debut at #1, according to figures issued by SoundScan on Wednesday (April 4).
The record becomes Shakur's fourth #1 album, a feat previously achieved by Me Against the World in 1995 and All Eyez on Me in 1996 while the rapper was still alive. Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, released under the rap alias Makaveli a few months after Shakur was gunned down in September 1996, also reached #1.
Tupac's two other posthumous collections, R U Still Down? (Remember Me) in 1997 and the Still I Rise album with the Outlawz in 1999, peaked at #2 and #7, respectively, on the Billboard chart. The Rose That Grew From Concrete, a spoken-word album based on Shakur's poetry and featuring readings by Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Dead Prez, among others, failed to crack the top 50 during its release last year.
Shakur's #1 End of Time debut put a damper on Shaggy's Hotshot, which slipped to #2 (175,000 copies sold) after a two-week stint atop the Billboard chart. Shaggy was followed by the Dave Matthews Band's Everyday album, which holds on to #3 for a second straight week with 109,000 copies sold.
After debuting at #2 last week, 112's Part III stumbles ever so slightly to the #4 spot after selling 99,000 copies, while Dido, who just announced plans for a North American tour this summer, inches up to #5 with her No Angel album (87,000 copies sold).
San Francisco folk rockers Train laid track on an impressive debut of their own with their new album, Drops of Jupiter, which built up steam with more than 80,000 copies sold and entered the Billboard 200 at #6. Neo-R&B singer India.Arie also glides into the Top 10 this week with her long-awaited debut album, Acoustic Soul, which sold 76,000 copies last week to land at #10.
Rounding out the rest of the new Billboard top 10 are Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot-Dog Flavored Water at #7 (79,000 copies sold), Trick Daddy's Thugs Are Us at #8 (78,000), and Aerosmith's Just Push Play at #9 (76,000).
Outside the top 10, the week's biggest debut was turned in by fun-lovin' L.A. punkers Buckcherry, whose second album, Time Bomb, enters the Billboard 200 at #54. Live From Mars the concert double set from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, was the next highest chart entry at #70, followed by Jesse Powell's JP at #71.
Other albums debuting in the new Billboard 200 albums chart: Saliva's Every Six Seconds at #85, Pearl Jam's Seattle 11/5/00 at #98, Shawn Colvin's Whole New You at #101, Samantha Mumba's Gotta Tell You at #109, and Billy Idol's Greatest Hits at #111.
The "Josie and the Pussycats" soundtrack enters the Billboard 200 at #112, followed by Clay Walker's Say No More at #129, the Ozzfest Second Stage Live at #144, another Pearl Jam concert album -- Las Vegas - 10/22/00 at #152, Anastacia's Not That Kind at #168, and Selena's Live The Last Concert at #200.