Lil Wayne grabs Hot Shot Debut prizes on The Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Hot 100 while George Straits scores Greatest Gainer on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums this
Hot Shot Debuts: Lil Wayne blows away the competition this week on the Billboard 200 as he nabs Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 1 with his first-chart topper -- "Tha Carter III." The set moved an astounding 1,006,000 units in its first week, making it only the 15th album to sell at least a million in one week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Wayne is also No. 1, but he's not the Hot Shot Debut, as street-date violations forced his album onto the chart early last week. So, the top debut this week is actually Plies' "Definition of Real" at No. 2. That matches his previous high, when "The Real Testament" also debuted in the runner-up slot last year.
Wayne also scores the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with "3 Peat" at No. 66.
Country duo Montgomery Gentry ropes the Hot Shot Debut on Top Country Albums with "Back When I Knew It All" starting at No. 3. All seven of the act's albums have bowed in the top 10.
Greatest Gainers: George Strait's "Troubadour" takes the Greatest Gainer trophy on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums as the album posts a 6,000 unit gain this week. It's likely that the country king's album was a natural gift purchase for men last week, with the Father's Day holiday falling on June 15, the final day of the SoundScan tracking week.
Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" actually grabs the Greatest Gainer cup on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as it rises 32-1 following its premature debut last week due to street-date violations.
On the Billboard Hot 100, Katy Perry's seemingly unstoppable "I Kissed a Girl" rises 4-2 with the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award. Meanwhile, Metro Station's breakthrough hit "Shake It" climbs 14-10 with Greatest Gainer/Digital honors.
Pacesetters: On the Billboard 200, Jeremy Camp's "Beyond Measure" sells 12,000 off a 72% increase, thanks to continued sale pricing of the album at the influential Family Christian chain of stores. The retailer is carrying the album for $5.
The spirit is alive and well over on Top Country Albums as well, as the various artists compilation "God Bless the U.S.A." zips 61-44 with 2,000 and a 96% increase. Switching gears to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, hip-hop duo Cool Kids motor 89-64 with "The Bake Sale," grabbing Pacesetter honors.