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Charts: Drake Takes Care of Business, Locks Up Another Number One Album


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Who's Number One? "If we talkin' bout the numbers, man, it look like 700, they know," Drake rapped at the American Music Awards, adding a brief line about the sales projections for his new album 'Take Care'. He was close, but he aimed a little high: The rapper's sophomore disc did take the top spot on the Billboard 200, but it only sold 631,000 copies in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A little lower than the 650-700K estimates, but still enough to help Drizzy secure the third-best debut of 2011 behind Lady Gaga's asterisk-earning 'Born This Way' and Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV'. 'Take Care' also improved on the first week totals for Drake's rookie LP 'Thank Me Later', which entered the charts at Number One and 447,000 copies last year.

Who's Bummed? Last week's winner, indie rapper Mac Miller, saw his 'Blue Slide Park' literally slide down the charts, going from Number One to Number 24 in the span of a week. Usually after an album tops the Billboard 200, it usually hangs around the Top 10 for a few weeks before gently parachuting down. For Miller, it was a freefall as sales were down 83 percent compared to last week. Also bummed: Anyone who didn't come out with a Christmas album, as Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, and Justin Bieber all occupy the Top 5 with Xmas-related releases.

Debuts: Drake and Bocelli were the only newbies to make real noise as no other new releases this week made it into the Top 10.

Where's Adele? Amazingly, in its 39th week on the charts, Adele's '21' actually jumped up two spots from Number Five to Number Three. On top of that, sales were up 8 percent over last week as '21' roped in another 113,000 copies sold. This is no small feat: According to Billboard, '21' is the first album since Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to spend 38 consecutive weeks in the Top Five. Since this was Adele's 39th week, she actually broke the King of Pop's longevity record and became the first album in Billboard's 55-year history to hang around near the top for this long. The streak might come to an end next week though, as some big Black Friday debuts -- led by Nickelback and Rihanna -- threaten to shake up the charts.

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