T.I.’s newly-released album “Paper Trail” entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 yesterday, marking the third consecutive disc from the rapper to reach the chart pinnacle following 2006’s “King” and 2007’s “T.I. Vs. T.I.P.”
The hip hop star earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
According to Billboard, the artist also makes history this week on the Hot 100, where he breaks the record for largest climb to No. 1 — a feat he already accomplished only six weeks ago.
“Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna, the second single from “Paper Trail,” leaps 80-1, replacing the album’s first single “Whatever You Like” at No. 1; the latter leapt to the top 71-1 the week of Sept. 6 and remained there for five weeks total.
That makes T.I. the first artist to replace himself at No. 1 since Usher traded in “Burn” for “Confessions Part II” in July 2004.
Meanwhile, with 217,000 copies, Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled Arista/RMG debut lands at No. 2 on The Billboard 200. Robin Thicke scores his best sales week and highest charting album on The Billboard 200 with “Something Else,” which enters at No. 3 with 137,000.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, Jazmine Sullivan’s debut “Fearless” (J) rounds out the top tier on The Billboard 200, falling 6-10 on a 35% sales hit to 42,000.