Maybe it's not such a hard knock life after all.
Jay-Z will debut at number one on next week's "Billboard" album chart in a week that boasts no fewer than six new arrivals crack the top ten.
The rapper sold more than 352,000 copies of his "Volume 2: Hard Knock Life" in its first week in stores according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday.
The album, which carried the working title "In My Lifetime: Volume 2" before adopting its current title, bumped last week's number one, Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill," down to number four.
Also stepping between Hill and the top of the chart is Atlanta's Outkast, whose "Aquemini" sold more than 227,000 copies in one week in record stores to earn the number two spot. Also making a big debut is the swan song form seminal New York rapper A Tribe Called Quest, whose "The Love Movement" sold just under 175,000 copies to grab the number three slot.
After Hill at number four, Sheryl Crow returns to the chart as her
"Globe Sessions" debuts at number five with more than 123,000 copies sold. Close behind at number seven is the latest from Kirk Franklin, whose "Nu Nation Project" sold more than 104,000 copies in its debut week. The final top 10 debut of the week belongs to the No Limit Records camp, as a collection from the label titled "Mean Green Presents Major Players Compilation" arrives at number nine after moving more than 89,000 copies in one week.
There was plenty of room for these new arrivals in the top 10 as last week's big debuts quickly vacated the top of the charts. Kiss' "Psycho Circus," which debuted at number three last week, dropped all the way down to number 35, and DC Talk's "Supernatural" slipped to 32 after arriving at number four last week.
Other artists making their first appearance on the chart next week are Gangsta Boo at 46 with "Enquiring Minds," Soul Coughing at 49 with "El Oso," Mos Def & Kweli at 53 with "Black Star," P.J. Harvey at 54 with "Is This Desire?,"
Brand Nubian at 59 with "Foundation," and Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach at 78 with "Painted From Memory."