Mary J Blige Debuts Atop Albums Chart, Young Money Follows

Mary J. Blige might have failed when it comes to unseating Susan Boyle’s hit album “I Dreamed A Dream,” but the “I Am” singer claimed victory on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart Wednesday. According to Billboard, Blige’s latest effort “Stronger With Each Tear” arrived with sales in excess of 330,000 copies, making it her third consecutive album to debut with over 300k sold. Featuring collaborations with Trey Songz, Drake and more, “Stronger With Each Tear” makes Blige second only to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, when it comes to no.1 albums on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. While her success with “Stronger With Each Tear” is notable, Blige failed to top the Billboard 200 albums chart. Following Alicia Keys, who debuted at no.2 last week, Blige fell short of topping Susan Boyle’s runaway hit “I Dreamed A Dream”. Now close to reaching sales in excess of 3 million copies in less than two months, Boyle’s “Dream” sold another 510,000 copies this week to claim the summit. In related news, the Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj featured Young Money compilation album, titled “We Are Young Money” is this week’s second best selling debut. Arriving on the charts with 142,000 copies sold, the effort earns a spot at no. 9 on the Billboard 200. Continuing strong sales since its debut last week, Alicia Keys’ “The Element of Freedom” is also among the weeks best selling efforts. It moved another 280,000 copies after debuting with 417,000 copies sold.

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