DMX says he’s retiring after his current release, but at least he’s going out on top. His prophetically titled ”Grand Champ” opened at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and sold 312,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan. That makes the rapper the only artist in the history of the chart to see all of his first five albums reach the top spot.
X was one of six artists whose new releases cracked the top 10 this week. Coming in at No. 2 was ”Thirteenth Step,” from hard rockers A Perfect Circle. The ”Weak and Powerless” band sold a powerful 231,000 discs. Entering at No. 3 was Erykah Badu’s ”World Wide Underground,” which sold 144,000 CDs to fans of the R&B diva. Also debuting in the top 10 were hardcore act Thursday’s ”War All the Time” (No. 7), former L.O.X. rapper Sheek Louch’s ”Walk Witt Me” (No. 9), and Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx’s ”Deliverance” (No.10).
Last week’s chart topper, John Mayer’s ”Heavier Things,” fell three places to No. 4 and moved another 137,000 units. Also down three was Hilary Duff’s ”Metamorphosis,” even though it sold 126,000 copies, 17 percent more than last week’s sales. Beyoncé’s ”Dangerously in Love” also saw a modest sales increase, even though the new releases pushed it down to No. 6. Down four spaces was Alan Jackson’s ”Greatest Hits Volume II,” landing at No. 8. Just missing the top 10 was ”Me & My Brother,” the newest from party rappers the Ying Yang Twins.