T-Pain Nudges Out Rihanna For The #1 Album in The Country

R&B singer T-Pain and Rihanna fought it out this week for the number one spot on the Billboard top 200, but Pain came out on top. With more than 171,000 sold, T-Pain’s “Epiphany” took the title, selling just 8,500 more copies than second-place contender Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad,” which sold 162,500 during its first week of commercial release. For Tallahassee Pain, it marks his first trip to the top spot in only his second attempt. T-Pain’s 2005 debut, “Rapper Ternt Sanga,” only reached No. 40, selling 47,000 copies in its first week. Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” bows at No. 2 with 162,000. The set’s lead single, “Umbrella,” currently stands atop the Billboard Hot 100. This SRP/Def Jam effort is the singer’s third release in two years, with each album achieving a better start than its predecessor. 2005’s “Music of the Sun” began at No. 10 with 68,000, while 2006’s “A Girl Like Me” started at No. 5 with 115,000. Falling three spots to #4 is last weeks chart-topper, R. Kelly’s “Double Up,” which sold another 120,500 copies.


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