Despite a 69% drop-off in sales, T.I. starts a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Paper Trail." The Grand Hustle/Atlantic set sold 177,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, after debuting last week with 568,000.
Metallica's Warner Bros. album "Death Magnetic" climbs back up 5-2 despite a 24% sales slide to 66,000. With a career-high for charting and sales, Rise Against's "Appeal to Reason" debuts at No. 3 with 65,000. The rock act's last set, 2006's "The Sufferer and the Witness," bowed at No. 10 with 48,000. Current single "Re-Education (Through Labor)" is No. 4 on the Modern Rock chart this week, the act's highest charting single yet.
With 63,000 copies, Jennifer Hudson's self-titled Arista debut falls 2-4 on a 71% sales decrease to 63,000. Veteran British rock act Oasis scores its first top 10 set since 1997, as "Dig Out Your Soul" (Big Brother/Warner Bros) debuts at No. 5, moving 53,000. The band's last studio set, 2005's "Don't Believe the Truth," began at No. 12 but with a larger opening sales week of 65,000. Oasis last reached the top tier when 1997's "Be Here Now" debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 152,000.
Bob Dylan notches his 17th top 10 album -- and 50th charting set overall -- on The Billboard 200 as the triple-disc Columbia collection "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 -- Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased, 1989-2006" debuts at No. 6 with 50,000. This is the best chart position for any album in the "Bootleg" series.
Staying put at No. 7 for a third week straight, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic) moves 48,000 (-15%) in its 53rd week on the chart. Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" (Def Jam) continues its decline, falling 6-8 with 47,000 (-33%).
Selling 44,000 copies, Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits 3" (Curb) debuts at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums. The success comes despite McGraw denouncing the project in a press release yesterday. James Taylor's "Covers" (Starcon/Hear Music) closes out the top 10 on the 200, as the set slips 4-10 on a 54% sales hit to 44,000.
With 40,000, Sarah McLachlan's "Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan" bows at No. 11. The 16-track hits set contains two new songs and was released both as a single-disc version and a two-CD deluxe package.
Other debuts this week include Senses Fail's "Life Is Not a Waiting Room" (Vagrant, No. 18, 24,000), Marco Antonia Solis' "No Molestar" (Fonovisa, No. 19, 23,000), the Pretenders' "Break Up the Concrete" (Artist First, No. 32, 16,000) and Tesla's "Forever More" (Tesla Electric Company, No. 33, 16,000).
At 6.41 million units, sales this week are down 14.5% from last week's sum and down a 23.1% from the same week last year.