It’s been two years since the release of Nelly’s last album, “Brass Knuckles,” and up until recently, four years since he had a top 10 hit. But on his new effort, “5.0,” the rapper proves he still knows what it takes to make a solid, well-rounded album.
Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 298,000 in its second week on the list, down just 37% . . . Whitney Houston's "I Look to You" surges to No. 2 with an "Oprah Winfrey Show"-infused gain . . . Rock trio Muse celebrates with its best sales week ever and highest-charting album as "The Resistance" debuts at No. 3 with 128,000 while four more albums start in the top 10: Kid Cudi's "Man on the Moon," Drake's "So Far Gone" EP, Lil Boosie's "Superbad" and Megadeth's "Endgame" . . . Taylor Swift's "Fearless" takes a big jump in the top 10, likely owed to her MTV Video Music Awards performance and run-in with Kanye West.
It's all about Jay-Z and the Beatles this week on the Billboard charts. The former notches his amazing 11th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "The Blueprint 3" (476,000 copies) while the Fab Four's reissues take over the Comprehensive Albums chart and the Top Pop Catalog Albums tally . . . Jay-Z's No. 1 achievement pushes him ahead of Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums. Jay now has the second-most No. 1 albums among all acts. Fittingly, only the Beatles, with 19 No. 1s, has more . . . Speaking of the Beatles, their album catalog—including those titles not part of the reissue series—sold a combined 626,000 units in the United States, last week according to Nielsen SoundScan, with the biggest of the bunch being 1969's "Abbey Road," which moved 89,000 copies.