After months and months of delays, rapper Game’s “R.E.D.” album has dropped, and it dropped big enough for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. The album move 98,000 copies and becomes his third No. 1 album, behind 2007’s “Doctor’s Advocate” and 2005’s “The Documentary.” His last set, 2008’s “LAX,” bowed at No. 2, but it sold 239,000 in its first week.
That pushes last week’s No. 1 to No. 2: Jay-Z and kanye-west" class="autolink">Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” moves 94,000, a 47% sales decrease.
Adele’s “21” falls No. 2 to No. 3 (82,000, +3%), with a little gain due to her performance on MTV’s VMAs on Sunday.
Barbra Streisand’s “What Matters Most” enters at No. 4 with 66,000, logging the singer’s 31st top 10 album. Only the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra have had more top 10s.
“Now 39” dips No. 3 to No. 5 (44,000, -31%).
Miranda Lambert’s side project Pistol Annies’ “Hell on Heels” bows at No. 6 with 42,000. The trio also boasts singers Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.
Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” falls No. 4 to No. 7 (35,000, -34%).
The “Muppets: The Green Album” – a compilation of rock covers of songs from the famous puppets – debuts at No. 8 with 30,000. It was led by OK Go’s take on the show’s theme song.
Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” descends No. 5 to No. 9 (29,000, -22%) and Eric Church’s “Chief” is down No. 7 to No. 10 (24,000, -23%).

Album sales this week are down 4% compared to last week and up less than 1% compared to the same week last year. Sales for the year are up 2% so far.


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.