With four huge, high-profile releases hitting record stores last week, Metallica’s run at #1 was expected to expire Wednesday morning (October 8), when Nielsen SoundScan released the latest album sales figures, gleaned from retailers all across the nation. And as predicted, rapper T.I.’s Paper Trail has, indeed, dethroned the heavy metal icons’ Death Magnetic to take control of next week’s Billboard top 200. With sales registered at 568,000 and change, Paper Trail also marks the best first week of any of the rapper’s releases.
While Paper Trail becomes T.I.’s third-straight LP to open at #1, he managed to shatter his own sales record, eclipsing those generated by 2006’s King, which opened on top with nearly 522,000 sold, and 2007’s T.I. vs. T.I.P., which entered the chart at #1 with about 468,000 scans. T.I. managed to outsell Oscar-winning “American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut , which bows at #2 with 217,000 sold, and the latest from Robin Thicke, Something Else. That album follows at #3, having sold 137,000 units. James Taylor’s Covers is also new to next week’s chart, debuting at #4 with 95,000 sold.
That means Metallica’s Death Magnetic slides to #5 on next week’s chart, with week-four sales reported at 86,000. The good news for Metallica is that that figure pushes total sales of the disc past the 1 million mark, making the album one of the year’s best-selling rock sets. Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman follows at #6 with 70,000 scans, while Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus holds at #7, selling another 56,000 units. Jazmine Sullivan’s Fearless lands at #10 with 42,000 sold.
T.I.’s latest was one of six new releases to enter the chart in the top 10 and one of 33 total newcomers to impact next week’s chart. Jack’s Mannequin’s Glass Passenger will debut at #8 with 49,000 sold, while “American Idol” alumni Kellie Pickler’s self-titled latest enters at #9, selling 43,000.
T.I. has another release debuting on next week’s chart, but this one opens at #125 with just 5,000 sold. Called A King of Oneself, the six-song EP was sold exclusively to Best Buy customers who bought a copy of Paper Trail.
Ben Folds’ Way to Normal just misses the top 10, coming in at #11 next week with 40,000 scans, while Anberlin’s New Surrender follows at #13 with week-one sales of 36,000. Nightmare Revisited, a compilation featuring the likes of Marilyn Manson, Flyleaf, Korn, Rise Against and others covering the tunes from Disney’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” enters the chart at #31, having sold 19,000 copies, while Murs’ Murs for President opens at #43 with 12,000 sold.
It was a big week for metal releases. Trivium’s Shogun will bow at #23 with 24,000 sold, while Amon Amarth’s Twilight of the Thunder God enters at #48 with 11,400 sold. In This Moment’s The Dream scanned 8,200 copies to open at #70, while Bleeding Through’s Declaration follows at #101 with 5,800 sold.
Elsewhere on the chart, we find James Morrison’s Songs for You, Truths for Me entering at #47 with more than 11,400 sold, while Faith Hill’s Joy to the World follows at #49 with 11,300 scans. The soundtrack to “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” debuts at #50, having sold 11,100 units, while Bayside’s Shudder claims the #52 spot, selling just under 11,100. Ani DiFranco’s Red Letter Year trails at #53 with 10,600 sold, while Tina Turner’s Tina! bows at #59 with 9,700 scans.
Enigma return to the top 200 at #89, with Seven Lives Many Faces selling 6,400, while Big Kuntry King’s My Turn to Eat enters at #95 with 6,000 sold. Dem Franchize Boyz’ Our World, Our Way opens at #115 with 5,200 sold, and at #119, with 5,200 sold, it’s Heltah Skeltah’s D.I.R.T. The sophomore offering from Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s side project, the Nightwatchman, called Fabled City, debuts at #179, having sold 3,600 units.