Blue Slide ParkWho's Number One: As promised, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller stormed to the top of the Billboard 200 as his debut album Blue Slide Park sold 144,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's slightly less than the 180K copies that were initially projected, but more than enough to give Miller the first Number One independently released hip-hop album since Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Fodd in 1995. Miller beat out Michael Buble's Christmas, which jumped from Number Eight to Number Two with 123,000 copies sold.
Who's Bummed: Twihards, Team Edward and Team Jacob. The latest installment in the never-ending Twilight series, Breaking Dawn Part 1, entered the charts at Number Four, making it the first soundtrack in the series to not crack the Top Two. Breaking Dawn was defeated for the Number Three spot by Now 40, the latest compilation of hit songs everyone has heard a million times but continue to still buy. It's also worth noting that Lou Reed and Metallica's maligned Lulu has dropped out of the Billboard 200 entirely after an underwhelming debut last week.
Debuts: Here's an impressive stat, courtesy of Billboard: Every Now comp, and there have been 40 of them since 1998, has entered the charts in the Top 10. That's a lot of people purchasing stale radio songs. Two more albums debuted high: Romeo Santos' Formula Vol. 1 at Number Nine and Il Divo's Wicked Game at Number 10.
Where's Adele? Same place we left her last week, at Number Five with another 104,000 copies of 21 sold. Last week's champ, Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe, followed at Number Six. Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto enjoyed what's probably its final week in the Top 10 -- someone needs to make room for Drake's Take Care -- by settling at Number Eight. The big question going into next Wednesday: Will Drake's latest album go platinum in one week? Chances are it won't, but expect one of the biggest debuts of 2011 regardless.