Hip-Hop superstar Young JeezyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Recession has debuted at the No. 1 spot on BillboardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 200, leading the pack of this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s debuts, which also includes discs by Bad Boy Donnie Klang and actor Terrance Howard.
Jeezy has earned the top position on the charts according to the NielsenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s SoundScan selling over 256,000 albums of his highly anticipated third Def Jam release. Following up his platinum-selling disc The Inspiration, Jeezy took todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s times and decided to approach the album in a more serious tone.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The economy is different,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jeezy told SOHH in a previous interview. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The world is different so I just wanted to address it [and] at the same time still make good music.Ã¢â‚¬Â
His newest release offers a steady line-up of mega rap stars including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas plus R&B crooners Trey Songz and Anthony Hamilton.
Soulful singer Donnie Klang, known for his on-screen talent from DiddyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Making The Band 4Ã¢â‚¬Â reached No. 19, as his first studio album Just a Rolling Stone sold over 22,000 units. Klang recently described the excitement and anxiety he had over his long-awaited effort hitting stores.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more so that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m anxious,Ã¢â‚¬Â he told SOHH. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtil itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really out there and everybody could hear it front to back. I know thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of fans out there that have been waiting for a long time for it to come out and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finally coming.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The album places Klang alongside hitmakers Mario Winans, The Dream, Channel 7, Diddy and others.
Actor-turned-singer Terrence Howard also debuted his album Shine Through It, which landed at No. 31 on the charts. The Academy Award-nominated performer has reportedly worked on the project since March 2007 and helped his first-ever release sell around 14,000 copies.