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Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T.‘s new Cadillactica solo album managed to debut in the Top 5 Wednesday (November 19) with sales just under 45,000 copies.

The rap star’s new album clocked in 44,000 units in its first week on store shelves.

Rapper Big K.R.I.T. logs his best sales week yet, as Cadillactica drives in at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000. It also starts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums. The artist’s previous best week came when Live From the Underground debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 41,000. (Billboard)

Check out what K.R.I.T. said about his first-week projections right here…

Despite being undershipped, K.R.I.T. told fans on social media he believed his sophomore studio release could sell 50,000 copies last week.

Based on one-day estimates, K.R.I.T.’s new album was expected to sell up to 45,000 units.

YOUR TOP 15: Taylor Swift will remain on top for at least one more week, after which she’ll be unseated, even if temporarily, by One Direction. We get the distinct impression, however, that this won’t be the last time our Tay is #1 this year. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend.

Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 300-325k
*Foo Fighters (Roswell/RCA) 185-200k
*Pink Floyd (Columbia) 155-170k
*Garth Brooks (Pearl/RCA Nashville) 120-130k
*Big K.R.I.T. (Def Jam) 40-45k (HITS Daily Double)

Earlier this month, BK released his “Cadillactica” music video.

Just days before his album drops, Big K.R.I.T. blasts into outer space in the futuristic video for “Cadillactica,” the title track off his sophomore album. The Mississippi MC rides through the galaxy in an old school ‘Lac in the slick visuals, directed by Matt Swinsky. (Rap-Up)