Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes Wins Billboard #1

Gorillaz' Plastic Beach debuts at #2.

[artist id="961097"]Ludacris‘[/artist] Battle of the Sexes will lead a parade of new faces in the Billboard 200 top 10 next week, easily leading the chart thanks to sales of 137,000. This is Cris’ third album to debut at #1. The concept disc about gender squabbles easily bested the latest from English cartoon band the Gorillaz, Plastic Beach , which will land at #2 (112,000) according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.

Coming in at #4 in its first week is the latest repackaging of archival material from late guitar god [artist id="9119"]Jimi Hendrix,[/artist] Valleys of Neptune (95,000), followed by the #5 debut for country singer Gary Allan, Get Off on the Pain (65,000) and the self-titled bow from Broken Bells (#7, 49,000), the collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer .

Those new players shuffle the deck at the top, with last week’s #1, Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now, slipping down to #3 (105,000), another former #1, Sade‘s Soldier of Love, skidding four spots to #6 (52,000), Lady Gaga‘s Fame down one to #8 (47,000) as it crossed the 3 million mark, and the top 10 rounded out by the Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (43,000) and Blake Shelton‘s Hillbilly Bone (#10, 28,000).

Though the film is smashing records, the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland,” Almost Alice, lost more than 50 percent of its business in week two, tumbling eight slots to #13 (27,000), while last year’s number four “American Idol” finisher Danny Gokey‘s debut, My Best Days, drops 63 percent, falling 12 spots to #16 in week two on sales of 24,000.

A couple of R&B singers are having rough second weeks as well, with Raheem DeVaughn‘s Love & War MasterPeace plunging 15 spots to #24 (19,000, down 57 percent) and Jason Derulo‘s self-titled debut dropping 18 to #29 (17,000, down 60 percent). The week’s steepest plunge, though, belongs to rockers Lifehouse, who go from a #6 debut down to #34 with Smoke & Mirrors (15,000, down 72 percent).

Indie psychedelic rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club come in at #56 with Beat the Devil’s Tattoo (10,000), while Ted Leo and the Pharmacists come in at #107 with their latest broadside to polite society, The Brutalist Bricks (5,000).

Things should be pretty static next week, with no major releases.

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