Trey Songz had the biggest debut of his career this week with the release of his fourth album Passion, Pain & Pleasure. The R&B sensation came in a close second to Linkin Park’s new offering A Thousand Suns, entering at No. 2 with 240,000 copies sold in its first week on the Billboard 200—a mere 1,000 units less than Suns.
The 25-year-old heartthrob bested his previous first-week sales record by over 100,000 copies, with last year’s Ready bowing at No. 3 with 131,000 units moved in the first seven days. Its lead single “Bottoms Up” featuring Nicki Minaj also peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100 chart, up four spots from the previous week.
Eminem dropped a spot to No. 3 with Recovery, though it gained 10 percent in sales on the strength of Em’s opening performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Rihanna also had a big week over on the Digital Songs chart, with her new single “Only Girl (In the World)” bumping Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” from the top spot. The Barbadian singer logged 249,000 downloads, making the carefree tune her eighth No. 1 on the chart and sixth debut at the top.