No Surprise — DMX Is Billboard Top Dog

The Great Depression is rapper's fourth album to debut at #1.

Although his place as hip-hop’s top dog is a matter of opinion, no one can argue with DMX’s affinity for being #1. Like all his previous LPs have done, the rapper’s fourth album, The Great Depression, will debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The Great Depression sold almost 440,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (October 31). While the numbers are impressive — nearly 175,000 more than Incubus’ Morning View, which will debut at #2 — they’re low compared to the Yonkers, New York, MC’s last album, 1999′s … And Then There Was X, which neared the 700,000 mark in its first week.

The Dave Matthews Band’s Live in Chicago 12.19.98, will debut at #6 on sales of more than 130,000 copies. It looks like the odds of Enya’s A Day Without Rain leaving the uppermost reaches of the chart are slimmer than the chances of a downpour in the Sahara. The LP, which will drop a spot to #3 next week, has been a top-10 mainstay ever since September 11, bolstered by the soothing single “Only Time.”

Familiar faces round out the remainder of the top 10, though most albums will take a step back from their previously held positions. Last week’s #1, the patriotic compilation God Bless America, featuring tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, will fall to #4. Ja Rule will slip two spaces to #5 with Pain Is Love, and Nickelback’s two-spot drop puts Silver Side Up at #7. Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory will be right behind at #8, followed by Usher’s 8701 at #9 and the Totally Hits 2001 compilation at #10.

Ozzy Osbourne’s Down to Earth, which debuted at #4 last week, will skid to #15, though Southern California pop-punks Lit will fall the farthest of any artist in the top 100. Their third album, Atomic, will plummet from #36 to #92, selling less than half the number of copies it did the week before.

Bush’s fourth album, Golden State, will debut at #22. Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Death Row’s Greatest Hits, featuring “Gin & Juice” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name?),” will debut at #28. West Coast hip-hoppers Dilated Peoples are widening some eyes with their second major-label LP, Expansion Team, which debuts at #36.

No Limit soldier C-Murder’s C-P-3.Com will debut at #45, just above the Cranberries’ Wake up and Smell the Coffee at #46.

Other notable debuts include Reba McEntire’s Greatest Hits Volume III — I’m a Survivor at #18, Chant-happy New Ager Enigma’s LSD — Love, Sensuality and Devotion at #29 and the holiday compilation Now That’s What I Call Christmas! at #30.