The Island Def Jam Music Group takes over the top of the charts with an explosion of album and singles releases — starting with the brand new album by Ludacris, THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES, debuting today at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with first week sales of 137,000 copies.
IDJ’s hot streak carries over to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, as “Rude Boy” by Rihanna jumps into the #1 spot, the 22-year old star’s 5th #1 solo single (and overall 6th #1 career single) in less than four years. At #3 this week is “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris, which formerly held the #1 spot on the Hot 100 last week.
On the iTunes list Top 10 singles, “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris owns the #1 position for a third consecutive week. Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” comes in at #4. And Teen Island star Justin Bieber has an unprecedented two singles in the iTunes Top 10 for a third consecutive week, “U Smile” at #3, and “Baby” featuring Ludacris at #9.
Waiting in the wings as IDJ’s next top chart contender is Justin Bieber’s MY WORLD 2.0 album, to be released next week (March 23rd).