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Christian rap artist Lecrae's seventh studio album, Anomaly, tops the chart with 88k. Powered by a Ticketmaster bundle and a Starbucks release, 222/Interscope’s Maroon 5 stays strong in V’s second week, landing at #2 with 79k.

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Religious Rapper Lecrae hits #1; Six Other Debuts Land in Album Chart Top 10

Lecrae’s seventh studio album, Anomaly (Reach/RAL) has topped the HITS Building Album Sales Chart this week. The Christian rap artist has reached 88k. His 2012 release, Gravity, snagged 72k in its first week.

Powered by a Ticketmaster bundle and a Starbucks release, 222/Interscope’s Maroon 5 stays strong in V’s second week, landing at #2 with 79k (-51%), just above Jhené Aiko’s highly anticipated debut. Other than 5’s V, the rest of the Top 5 (and beyond) was comprised strictly of debuts.

Aiko’s premiere full-length, Souled Out (ARTium/Def Jam), bowed with 71k at #3. Blue Note’s Ryan Adams pulled in 40.5k at #4, Curb’s Lee Brice wrangled 39k at #5 and Broken Bow’s Dustin Lynch (another RED debut in the Top 10) nabbed 32k at #6, while Matador’s Interpol rocked their way to #7, grabbing just under 32k.

Also debuting: rock icon and eternal experimenter Robert Plant, who appeared at #9 with 27k for his 10th solo album, Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar, and Harvest’s buzzing it-girl, Banks, who bowed at #11 with 25k.

In his second week, Def Jam’s Jeezy dropped 73%, pulling in 31k at #8. Hollywood’s Guardians of the Galaxy ST trailed close behind at #10 with 26k (-52%). On a related note, the Marvel blockbuster is the first 2014 flick to pass the $300m mark.

The massive, snow-covered mountain of moolah that is Disney’s Frozen ST refuses to leave the Top 15, grabbing another 25k (-15%) in its 42nd week.

For all of this week's stats, click here.

Streeting at presstime are two albums that have the potential to end in a squeaker, as RCA’s Chris Brown and Columbia’s Barbara Streisand are both exceeding expectations and heading towards the 120k neighborhood, according to early reads.

Other 9/16 releases include Big Machine’s Tim McGraw, Columbia’s Train and MCA Nashville’s George Strait.

In other news, the HITS 28th Anniversary Issue should be debuting on your desk mere days from now. What can we do to make it up to you?

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