Jay-Z and R. Kelly may have 99 problems, but a No. 1 album ain’t one. News of the pair’s feud, with Jay-Z kicking Kelly off their joint Best of Both Worlds Tour (an action to which Kelly has now responded with a $90 million breach-of-contract lawsuit), did not stop fans from buying 215,000 copies of their duet album, Unfinished Business, according to SoundScan. The record entered the Billboard album chart at No. 1, dethroning last week’s champ, Rod Stewart’s Stardust… The Great American Songbook Vol. 3, which had debuted at No. 1 the week before. Stewart slipped to fourth place and sold another 134,000 copies.
Debuting at No. 2 was Trick Daddy’s Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets, on sales of 145,000. Simple Plan entered the chart at No. 3 with Still Not Getting Any…, which sold 139,000. Nelly’s Suit completed the top five, dropping three places to fifth and selling another 130,000 copies.
The week’s other new top 10 release was Motown Two, Michael McDonald’s second album of Motown covers, at No. 9. Interest in Ray Charles sparked by last week’s opening of the biopic Ray sent the film’s soundtrack bounding 13 spots to No. 10, while the singer’s own final release, Genius Loves Company, slipped three slots to No. 8. Usher’s Confessions dropped two notches to No. 6, and George Strait’s 50 Number Ones fell three spots to No. 7.