T.I. Continues To Rule The Charts With Paper Trail

Tip keeps Metallica out of the top spot for the second week in a row.

After putting an end to Metallica's three-week run at Billboard's #1, begins his reign as the nation's best-selling artist, spending a second consecutive week at the top with his latest release, Paper Trail, despite a 69 percent decline in week-two sales. But there's no secret to T.I.'s second-week staying power: The rapper's place on top of the chart just wasn't challenged.

Paper Trail scanned more than 176,700 copies during its second week on shelves, and the next closest competitor ended up being T.I.'s recently defeated foes, , whose Death Magnetic sold another 65,700 units. The album climbs three spots on next week's chart to #2, according to the latest Nielsen SoundScan sales figures, and has sold more than 1.1 million copies to date. Metallica's latest robbed Rise Against's new one, Appeal to Reason, by just 1,000 copies, earning that LP the week's highest debut; the album enters at #3, with 64,700 sold.

There will be 20 new releases impacting next week's Billboard albums chart, with three others entering in the top 10. return at #5 (right behind 's eponymous debut at #4, which sold 62,700 units), having sold 53,100 copies of their newest studio offering, Dig Out Your Soul. 's The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs enters at #6 with close to 50,000 scans, while Tim McGraw's Greatest Hits 3 follows at #9, with week-one sales of 44,300.

Meanwhile, 's Rock N Roll Jesus holds for a third week at #7, selling another 48,200 copies, while 's Year of the Gentleman sits at #8 with 47,000 sold. Rounding things out at #10, with 43,900 copies snatched up, is James Taylor's Covers.

Also new to next week's chart is Sarah McLachlan's Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan, which opens at #11 after selling around 39,600 copies. 's Life Is Not a Waiting Room enters at #18, with 23,700 sold, while Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solis' No Molestar bows at #19, with 22,500 scans. Break Up the Concrete, the ' latest, debuts at #32, after selling 16,200 copies, while Tesla's Forever More follows at #33, with 16,100 sold. member Michelle Williams' solo album, Unexpected, surfaces at #42, with week-one scans of 12,100, while Devin the Dude's Landing Gear debuts at #47, with 10,800 sold.

Elephants ... Teeth Sinking Into Heart, the second full-length album by Rachael Yamagata, opens at #53, having sold a reported 9,600 units, while Casting Crowns' Peace on Earth bows at #56, with 8,700 scans. The 's Live at Shea Stadium set enters the chart at #93, scanning 5,600 copies, while the ' Everything Is Borrowed opens at #154 with 3,800 sold. Antony and the Johnsons' Another World sold 3,300 copies to debut at #179, and at #180, with just 24 fewer copies sold, isMargot & the Nuclear So and So's' Not Animal.