Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard bows atop The Billboard 200 with his J Records debut, "Soulful." The album sold 416,500 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to become the third "American Idol" -related album to open at No. 1.
Westside Connection, the west-coast rap supergroup featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC, will drop its first album in seven years later this year. The set, "Terrorist Threats," will arrive Dec. 9 via Priority Records.
Priority Records will on Dec. 4 issue a best-of compilation from veteran rapper Ice Cube. "Ice Cube Greatest Hits" will comprise tracks culled from Cube's eight Priority solo albums and one soundtrack, a cut from his side project Westside Connection, and two new tunes.