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New Orleans rapper Juvenile’s Reality Check grabs the #1 spot with 175k-plus in sales, followed by surging U.K. Custard/Atlantic crooner James Blunt, who soared to #2 and 171k (a whopping 174% rise).

JUVENILE’S CHECK CASHES IN AT #1, BLUNT SMOKES

Atlantic Rapper Nails The Top Spot as Matisyahu, David Gilmour Bow in Top 10
 Atlantic’s crossing over on the charts from rap to adult pop.

The legendary label boasts the top two finishers on the chart this week, as New Orleans rapper Juvenile’s Reality Check grabs the #1 spot with 175k-plus in sales, followed by surging U.K. Custard/Atlantic crooner James Blunt, who soared to #2 and 171k (a whopping 174% rise) thanks to singing “You’re Beautiful” to the countless millions of housewives who tune into Oprah, where he performed last week.

Walt Disney Records’ still-strong High School Musical was #3, selling 136k, followed by Or Music/Epic Hasidic reggae toaster Matisyahu, who proves kosher with record buyers after an impressive #4 bow for his studio debut, as Youth racks up almost 120k in sales.

Last week’s chart-topper, Def Jam/IDJ’s Ne-Yo slipped to #5, with a still-healthy 112k in sales, followed by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, whose Columbia Records solo album entered the charts at #6 and 95k in one-week figures.

The rest of the Top 10 featured perennials like Arista/RMG’s Carrie Underwood (#7), Island/IDJMG’s Johnny Cash compilation (#8), Brushfire/Universal’s Curious George  and Wind-Up’s Walk the Line soundtrack (#10).

Aside from Blunt and High School Musical, the only other Top 50 finisher to register double-digit rise in sales was Epic’s Natasha Bedingfield (#47-40, +21%).

Other chart newcomers included Rap-A-Lot/Asylum’s legendary hip-hop icon Scarface (#11), Lost Highway’s Van Morrison (#22), Fueled by Ramen’s Panic! at the Disco (#43), Walt Disney Records’ That’s So Raven Too! soundtrack and Milking Bull/EMI’s Norah Jones-led The Little Willies project (#50). In addition, Virgin’s hot new artist KT Tunstall storms back onto the charts at #44 with her debut Eye to the Telescope.

Albums in-store today that will look to chart next week include Lyric Street/Hollywood’s country-rockers SHEdaisy, Island’s limited edition Fall Out Boy, Warner Bros. rapper E40, Geffen’s Dave Chappelle’s Block Party soundtrack, Reprise’s Donald Fagen and Rhino’s Prince greatest hits compilation.

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