It looks like beef is still big business. After spending much of the year feuding with 50 Cent and goading Eminem , [artist id=”2000082″]Rick Ross[/artist] will finally see the pay off: His Deeper Than Rap will debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard Top 200, according to numbers provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Rap sold nearly 158,000 copies in its first week of release to claim the top spot on the albums chart. It’s Ross’ third-straight #1 debut, following last year’s Trilla and 2006’s Port of Miami.
The “Hannah Montana” soundtrack was a distant #2, selling more than 104,000 copies in its fifth week of release. The week’s second-biggest debut belongs to none other than the legendary [artist id=”1057″]Depeche Mode[/artist], who sold more than 80,000 copies of Sounds of the Universe, their 12th studio album (and their first in nearly four years), to land at #3. [artist id=”710215″]Rascal Flatts[/artist]’ Unstoppable is in at #4, with sales of nearly 68,000 copies.
Bowing at #5 is none other than college aficionado Asher Roth , whose debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle sold nearly 65,000 copies. The unstoppable “Twilight” soundtrack follows at #6, with sales of more than 40,000 copies. [artist id=”3061469″]Lady Gaga’s[/artist] The Fame (#7, nearly 40,000 copies), [artist id=”3006111″]Day26’s[/artist] Forever in a Day (#8, nearly 37,000 copies), the Now 30 comp (#9, more than 36,000 copies) and [artist id=”1163822″]Jadakiss'[/artist] The Last Kiss (#10, more than 30,000 copies) round out the top 10.
Other notable debuts on next week’s Billboard chart include Italian goth-metallers Lacuna Coil’s Shallow Life at #16, with sales of more than 21,000 copies; Jars of Clay’s The Long Fall Back To Earth at #29, with sales of more than 15,000 copies; the Pet Shop Boys’ Yes, which bows at #32 with sales of more than 14,000 copies; and Manchester Orchestra’s Mean Everything to Nothing at #37, with sales of more than 12,000 copies.