JAY-Z’S ‘BLUEPRINT’ FOR CHART SUCCESS

There are also Top Ten entries for chart veterans Bob Dylan and Mariah Carey...

JAY-Z has cruised in at the top of Billboard album Chart (for week ending September 29), the fourth consecutive time he has pulled off the feat.

‘The Blueprint’ sold 427,000 copies last week, some way behind the first week sales of 558,000 he shifted to take ‘The Dynasty: Roc La Familia’ to the top in 2000. However, industry analysts have been surprised that the market has remained relatively buoyant in the wake of terrorist strikes in the US, when buyers’ minds were on other things. Overall sales showed a dip of only 5% for the week.

The Top 10 was also significant carrying Bob Dylan

‘s biggest hit in over 20 years. New album ‘Love And Theft’ sold 134,000 copies to go in at Number Five. This placed him above troubled divaMariah Carey

, whose ‘Glitter’ soundtrack album could only struggle in at Seven, shifting 116,000 copies.

In a busy week for releases, Nickelback, on sales of 178,000, charted at Two with ‘Silver Side Up’ – dwarfing the 6,500 first week sales of previous outing, 2000’s ‘The State’ (it entered at 191). Last weeks Number Two, – Alicia Keys, slipped to three with ‘Songs In A Minor’, which pushed Fabulous to Number Four on his first week as ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ sold 143,000 units.

Rap/rock outfit P.O.D. debuted at Six, selling 133,000 copies of ‘Satellite’

On down the chart, Michael W. Smith went in at 20 with ‘Worship’, Babyface scored at 25 with ‘Face2Face, veteran Slayer’s ‘God Hates Us All’ went in at 28 while former UK chart topper Jamiroquai

went in at 44 with ‘A Funk Odyssey’. Last week’s chart-topper, – System Of A Down, slipped to Number 11, selling a little over 100,000 of ‘Toxicity’.