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T.I.’s ‘L.I.B.R.A.’ Lands in Top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

John Russo


T.I. collects a 12th top 10 project on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as The L.I.B.R.A. debuts at No. 9 on the list dated Oct. 31. The set, released on Oct. 16 through Grand Hustle/Empire, registered 23,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 22, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

As mentioned, the self-styled King of the South banks a 12th visit to the chart’s top tier and stretches his top 10 run to more than 17 years, since Trap Muzik debuted and peaked at No. 2 in September 2003. Of his dozen top 10s, seven have topped the list.

Here’s a full recap of the Atlanta hitmaker’s top 10 roster on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:

Album Title, Artist (if other than T.I.), Peak Position, Peak Date
Trap Muzik, No. 2, Sept. 6, 2003
Urban Legend, No. 1 (one week), Dec. 18, 2004
25 to Life, T.I. Presents The P$C, No. 4, Oct. 8, 2005
King, No. 1 (four weeks), April 15, 2006
T.I. vs T.I.P., No. 1 (three weeks), July 21, 2007
Paper Trail, No. 1 (five weeks), Oct. 18, 2008
No Mercy, No. 1 (one week), Dec. 25, 2010
Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, No. 1 (three weeks), Jan. 5, 2013
Paperwork, No. 1 (two weeks), Nov. 8, 2014
Da’ Nic (EP), No. 3, Oct. 3, 2015
Dime Trap, No. 8, Oct. 20, 2018
The L.I.B.R.A., No. 9, Oct, 31, 2020

With 12 top 10 albums, T.I. moves one ahead of Eminem, Ice Cube, Rick Ross, The Game and Too Short – each of whom have 11 – to tie for the 11th most top 10s among rappers. He equals DJ Khaled and Drake, also with 12, and trails the following: JAY-Z (21), Snoop Dogg (17), Nas (16), Tech N9ne (16), E-40 (14), Gucci Mane (14), 2Pac (13), Future (13), Lil Wayne (13) and LL Cool J (13).

Aretha Franklin leads all acts on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums’ top 10 count, with 33 titles to her name.

Additionally, The L.I.B.R.A. debuts at No. 11 on the Top Rap Albums chart and at No. 18 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
The album track “Pardon,” featuring Lil Baby, enters at No. 40 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 97 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to 5.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending Oct. 16.