T.I.’s Paper Trail Loses Billboard #1 To Country Star Kenny Chesney’s Latest

New LPs from Ray LaMontagne, Keane and Lucinda Williams debut in next week's top 10.

After spending two weeks as Billboard’s best-seller, rapper T.I.’s Paper Trail has been usurped by one of country’s most beloved singers, Kenny Chesney. Despite generating solid, third-week sales of nearly 131,600, T.I.’s new LP just couldn’t fend off Chesney’s Lucky Old Sun, which enters the chart on top with more than 176,400 copies scanned.

Chesney’s was among 20 new releases impacting next week’s albums sales chart, and one of four to enter the chart in the top 10, according to the latest sales data from Nielsen SoundScan. Following T.I. at #3 is folk artist Ray LaMontagne’s Gossip in the Grain, which debuts with 60,500 sold, while rockers Keane return at #7, having sold 43,500 copies of their latest, Perfect Symmetry. Bowing at #9, with 34,700 scans, is Lucinda WilliamsLittle Honey.

The remainder of the top 10 is filled out by the usual suspects. Dropping two spots to #4 next week is Metallica’s Death Magnetic, with 50,600 scans, followed by Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut at #5, with 45,800 sold. Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus climbs one spot to #6, selling another 45,200 units. Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman holds at #8, with sales clocked at 40,400, and holding for a second week at #10, with 31,500 sold, is James Taylor’s Covers.

Ingrid Michaelson’s Be OK opens at #35 on next week’s chart, scanning 15,000 copies its first week on store shelves, while Massachusetts metalcore outfit Unearth’s March debuts at #45, with 10,900 sold. Copeland’s You Are My Sunshine bows at #48, with 10,300 scans. Haste the Day’s Dreamer enters at #68, with 7,700 sold. Santana’s Multi-Dimensional Warrior checks in at #82, after selling almost 6,700 units, and Between the Buried and Me’s Colors: Live follows at #100, with 5,400 sold.

Joe’s Greatest Hits sold more than 4,700 copies, which earns it the #125 spot on next week’s Top 200. Meanwhile, metallers Gojira’s Way of All Flesh enters at #138, with 4,200 scans. Nikka Costa returns at #157, with her latest, Pebble to a Pearl, scanning 3,600 copies. And finally, “Pushing Daisies” star Kristin Chenoweth’s A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas enters at #187, with 3,100 sold.