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Jay-Z's 'Kingdom Come' debuts at No. 1
Jay-Z came up short of the 850,000 sales predicted for his comeback album, and he never has hit that million mark he aimed for in 1999, but he moved enough units to debut on top of the charts for the seventh consecutive time. Kingdom Come sold 680,000 copies during the holiday week, enough to claim the third-best bow of the year and top the Billboard 200. Only Rascal Flatts at 722,000 and Justin Timberlake at 685,000 placed higher in 2006, and the number was the highest Jay has ever totaled in his debut week, topping the 557,000 units that The Dynasty: Roc La Familia moved in 2000. With his ninth overall trip to No. 1, Jay-Z joins the Rolling Stones for third-most of all-time, behind only the Beatles, with 19, and Elvis Presley, with 10. Jay is sharing the current chart with some marquee hip-hop names -- Snoop Dogg and 2Pac. Snoop's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment sold 264,000 copies to place fifth on the albums chart, while Pac's Life, his sixth posthumous studio album, reached No. 9 with sales of 159,000.
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