Black Eyed Peas Score First No. 1 Album

Recession or not, the Black Eyed Peas still managed to blast their way to No. 1 on this week’s charts and set a personal record in the process.

The group’s fifth album The E.N.D. lands atop the Billboard 200, selling 304,000 copies in its first week. Not only did that secure them the No. 1 spot, it also set a record for the biggest sales week of the group’s career and their first No. 1 album.

Fergie, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo’s last album, Monkey Business, debuted at No. 2 in 2005 with 291,000. The E.N.D. is only the group’s second Top 10 effort.

Not only do they have the No. 1 album in the country, but the Peas will also occupy the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with their singles “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.” It’s the first time since OutKast in 2004 that any act has held the top two positions on the Hot 100, while simultaneously having the No. 1 album.

In other moves, Eminem’s Relapse drops one position to No. 3 with 87,000, while Lady GaGa’s The Fame rises two slots to No. 6 with 47,000.