Regaining hip-hop’s position at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 charts this week is T.I.‘s Paper Trail, which has officially been certified gold selling over 568,300 copies after only seven days in stores.
Surprising fans and critics alike is Academy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson with her self-titled debut landing at No. 2 selling over 217,200 copies. The former “American Idol” star has gardened a solid fan base of music and movie lovers as she has been in major films like Dream Girls and Sex and the City. Showing off her vocal skills on the hit “Spotlight,” the Chi-town native brought along a few mainstream influences including Ludacris and T-Pain plus mega producers Ne-Yo, StarGate, Timbaland, Robin Thicke, and others to launch a stellar release.