Jay-Z has passed the King. With one of the biggest debut weeks of the year, Jigga's The Blueprint 3, the rapper's 11th #1 album on the Billboard 200, pushed him past Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most #1 albums in the chart's history. Jay did it by selling more than 476,000 copies of the disc according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
In the same week, the Beatles — the only act with more #1 albums at 19 — also storm back onto the charts with the reissuing of their remastered catalog. Though most Beatles albums are not eligible for the top 200 chart, which includes only releases from the past 18 months, a newly configured stereo box set lands at #15 on sales of 26,000 and the mono box set, Beatles in Mono, comes in at #40 on sales of 12,000. In total, Billboard reported that the Beatles catalog sold more than 626,000 copies, including the new reissues and older versions, a week after the catalog had moved a more modest 21,000 copies. The one-week total nearly equaled the year-to-date sales for the Beatles catalog (635,000).
The Beatles rule the Pop Catalog chart, with nine of the top 10 albums and 16 of the top 20. The biggest seller in the reissue series was 1969's Abbey Road (89,000), followed by the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (74,000), The Beatles (60,000), Rubber Soul (58,000), Revolver (46,000) and Help! (#7, 39,000).
Back on the 200 charts, Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon notches a #4 debut for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II (68,000), country duo Brooks and Dunn hit #5 with #1s ... and Then Some (55,000), and Boys Like Girls have the other top 10 debut at #8 with Love Drunk (41,000). The rest of the top 10 are: Miley Cyrus' Time of Our Lives EP (#2, 120,000), Whitney Houston's I Look To You (#3, 88,000, down 71 percent), Trey Songz' Ready (#6, 45,000), Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#7, 44,000), Kings of Leon's Only by the Night (#9, 40,000) and VMA bum-rush victim Taylor Swift's Fearless (#10, 33,000).
Reunited jam-band godheads Phish finish at #13 in the chart debut of their comeback album, Joy (29,000). Pitbull takes a hard dive in week two for his Rebelution, dropping 16 spots to #24 (18,000, down 57 percent), followed by Chevelle, who fall 20 spots to #26 (16,000, down 65 percent) and Insane Clown Posse, who slip 39 spots in the second week for Bang! Pow! Boom! (12,000, down 77 percent).
The collector's edition of Jay-Z's Blueprint comes in at #30 (14,000). Indie faves Yo La Tengo slip in at #58 with Popular Songs (9,000), and They Might Be Giants hit #91 with their latest collection of kids' songs, Here Comes Science (6,000).
Next week, look out for the EP from Drake, as well as chart debuts from Muse and Kid Cudi.