Tyler, the Creator and his Odd Future rap collective have had music fans buzzing for the better part of 2011. Still, some questioned whether the unruly outspoken rapper could live up to the hype by selling albums. Tyler has somewhat answered those concerns.
During its first week in stores, Goblin, Tyler's major label debut on XL Recordings, sold over 50,000 copies to come in at No. 5 on Billboard's Top 200 charts. While that figure falls short of the recent debuts of more prominent mainstream stars like, Nicki Minaj (Pink Friday), Drake (Thank Me Later) and Wiz Khalifa (Rolling Papers), it's a respectable feat for a guy who likens himself to the antichrist and was a total unknown just a year ago.
Besting Tyler with the funniest, professionally produced satire raps since their last album are The Lonely Island, whose sophomore effort, Turtle Neck and Chain, debuts at No. 3 with 68,000 copies sold. The SNL trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Shafer and Jorma Tacone benefited from about half-a-dozen viral videos and all-star guest appearances by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Akon, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.
Still holding on to No. 1 with 156,000 copies sold is Adele's 21, which has actually been on a steady sales climb for past several weeks. The UK songstress has held the top spot the last four weeks in a row. Hip hop vets the Beastie Boys, who debuted last week at No. 2 with Hot Sauce Committee Part II remain in the top 10 at No. 6 with 40,000 units moved.
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