Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 at 9:54 pm
Ludacris powers on to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his fifth album, Release Therapy. The Def Jam South release sold over 309,000 units in its opening week, thanks to the success of his Pharrell-assisted single, "Money Maker." Janet Jackson’s Virgin LP, 20. Y.O., bows at No.2 with a little over 296,000 scans. Chingy finishes at No. 23 with 34,000 scans of Hoodstar. With last week’s conflicting soundscan reports on Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor now behind him, the Atlantic rapper manages to shift 31,000 copies this week to take the No.32 spot. Other highlights include Rick Ross, whose Port of Miami LP sold 28,000 to land at No.34 and Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere at No. 41 with 21,000 units.