By Gerrick D. Kennedy
2:22 PM CDT, July 3, 2013
For the second consecutive week, a trio of rap efforts lead the Billboard chart. D.C. rapper Wale scored his first No. 1 debut after his third album, “The Gifted,” sold 158,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Wale’s latest release follows his 2011 disc, “Ambition,” which helped the rapper break into the mainstream, along with making a shift to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group imprint.
Helping “The Gifted” clutch the top spot was the album’s lead single, “Bad.” The steamy slow jam has been a mainstay on rap radio since February -- it peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s rap chart -- and he tapped Rihanna for a remix, which is included on the album.
Last week, Kanye West and J. Cole vied for No. 1 with a set of highly anticipated albums -- with the Jay-Z protégé moving the release date of his album up a week to purposely compete with West.
After West’s polarizing but critically acclaimed sixth album, “Yeezus,” barely took the top spot over Cole’s sophomore record, “Born Sinner,” the tides turned. Cole moved an additional 84,000 copies, pushing West to No. 3.
“Yeezus’ ” slip is the largest second-week percentage drop for a No. 1-debuting album in more than a year and with an 80% drop is the fourth biggest second-week drop since SoundScan started keeping records in 1991 (the biggest drop is Madonna's "MDNA,” which sank 87% on Week 2).
Other new releases that debuted in the top 10 include Skillet (No. 4), India.Arie (No. 7) and August Burns Red (No. 9).
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