There’s only one Game in town … and he hails from Compton, California.
Dr. Dre’s newest protégé, the Game, sold more than 586,000 copies of his debut album, The Documentary, according to SoundScan, crushing the competition and taking the top spot on next week’s Billboard albums chart.
Industry expectations were high for the Game’s debut, and he didn’t fail to live up to the hype, easily scoring the highest first-week numbers of 2005 (and the highest first-week total since U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb sold more than 839,000 copies when it debuted back in November.) He also managed to sell more albums in his first week than fellow G-Unit members Lloyd Banks and Young Buck did last year: Banks’ The Hunger for More sold more than 433,000 copies when it debuted in June, and Buck’s Straight Outta Cashville moved more than 261,000 copies back in August.
Falling back — waaay back — to #2 are Green Day, who see their two-week reign atop the chart come to an end. Their American Idiot album sold more than 85,000 copies in its 18th week of release.
Eminem is next at #3, selling more than 74,000 copies of his Encore album. Propelled by the success of their single “Lovers and Friends” (featuring high-profile cameos from Usher and Ludacris), Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz move up one spot to #4, selling more than 63,000 copies of their Crunk Juice album.
John Legend’s Get Lifted drops one spot to #5, selling more than 62,000 copies in its fourth week of release. Close behind him is former “American Idol” champ Kelly Clarkson, whose album Breakaway sold more than 61,000 copies to hold strong at #6 for a second straight week.
Usher hangs on at #7, selling more than 52,000 copies of his Confessions album. Even after 44 weeks on the charts, Mr. Entertainment continues to sell beaucoup records, buoyed by the strength of his top-10 single “My Boo,” his duet with Alicia Keys.
Ludacris is close behind at #8, moving more than 51,000 copies of The Red Light District. He’s followed by the radio-hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music! 17, which sold more than 49,000 copies to land at #9. And rounding out next week’s top 10 at #10 are Destiny’s Child, whose Destiny Fulfilled sold more than 47,000 copies in its 11th week of release.
The Mighty, Mighty D-R-E
As the Game’s debut proves, working with Dr. Dre is a surefire ticket to success. But where do The Documentary’s first-week sales rank amongst some of the good Doctor’s other disciples? Well, pretty much right in the middle. It had twice the first-week sales of Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP (which debuted at #2 and sold more than 283,000 copies in February 1999), but fell way short of eclipsing Dre’s high-water mark: Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, which sold more than 800,000 copies when it was released in November ’93.
Making A Killing
One of the most unexpected success stories of 2004, the Killers look to be continuing the trend in ’05. One week after their appearance on “TRL” as one of the MTV’s “Breakout Stars,” the Las Vegas quartet’s Hot Fuss moves up eight spots — all the way to #14 — after posting an 18 percent sales boost. Fueled by the success of their second single, “Mr. Brightside,” the album has jumped 38 spots in the past four weeks and has inched oh so close to the 1 million mark, selling more than 927,000 copies overall.