12.27.2012 Uncategorized

T.I.’s ‘Trouble Man’ Debuts at No. 2

T.I. is shaking up the charts. The Atlanta rapper’s latest album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week.

The eighth album from the King of the South sold 179,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Tip’s eighth top 10 effort, besting 2010’s No Mercy, which debuted at No. 4 with 160,000.

His labelmate Bruno Mars was close on his heels. The R&B crooner’s sophomore set Unorthodox Jukebox slides 2-3 in its second week, selling 178,000. Bruno still holds strong on the Hot 100 as his single “Locked Out of Heaven” reigns at No. 1 for a third week.

Meanwhile, Game’s Jesus Piece falls 6-37 with 35,000 (down 59%), while Taylor Swift rules at No. 1 for a sixth non-consecutive week, selling 276,000.