Lloyd Banks leads five debuts into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 this week. The G-Unit rapper's first solo effort "The Hunger for More" (G Unit/Interscope) bows at No. 1 with U.S. sales of 434,000 c
Lloyd Banks leads five debuts into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 this week. The G-Unit rapper's first solo effort "The Hunger for More" (G Unit/Interscope) bows at No. 1 with U.S. sales of 434,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set sends last week's chart-topper, Jadakiss' "Kiss of Death" (Ruff Ryder/Interscope), to No. 4 with a 50% drop to 122,000 copies.
Banks -- a Queens, N.Y. native who appeared on bandmate 50 Cent's multiplatinum 2003 debut "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" -- also climbs into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 this week with first single "On Fire." In its ninth week on the chart, the song jumps four slots to No. 10.
Brandy comes in at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with her fourth Atlantic studio set "Afrodisiac." With 131,000 copies sold, the R&B/dance artist comes up shy of previous album debuts. In 2002, "Full Moon" entered at No. 2 with 155,000 copies, and in 1998, "Never Say Never" also bowed at No. 2 with sales of 160,000.
Cash Money's Lil' Wayne checks in at No. 5 with his fourth studio album "Tha Carter," selling 116,000 copies. The former Hot Boys rapper's previous set, "500 Degreez," debuted in 2002 at No. 6 with 483,000 copies.
The Cure scores the second highest-charting album of its career with its self-titled Geffen set. At No. 7 with 91,000 copies, the group also enjoys its best sales week in 12 years. The post-punk veterans will headline the summer Curiosa Tour 2004 starting later this month.
Dave Matthews Band debuts at No. 10 with the live RCA set "The Gorge." The two-disc CD/DVD set opened with 83,000 copies. Last year's last live album "The Central Park Concert" debuted at No. 14 with 111,000 copies and has sold 454,000 copies to date.
Rounding out the top 10 are Usher's LaFace/Zomba set "Confessions" at No. 2, the Beastie Boys' "To the 5 Boroughs" (Capitol) at No. 6, Gretchen Wilson's "Here for the Party" (Epic) at No. 8 and Columbia's "Spider-Man 2" soundtrack at No. 9.
Overall U.S. album sales are up 7.4 to 12 million this week, about 12% ahead of the comparable week last year. Sales for the year are beating those of 2003 by 7.1%.