Last week's No. 1, Young Jeezy's "The Recession" (Def Jam), slips to No. 2 with a 65% loss in sales to 90,000. In its 49th week on the chart, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic) climbs 4-3 on a 5% decline to 75,000 copies.
Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Death Magnetic" hit shelves on Friday instead of last Tuesday in order to accommodate a worldwide release date.
Jessica Simpson's first country album, "Do You Know" (Columbia Nashville), starts at No. 4 with 65,000 and also lands atop Top Country Albums. The set was preceded by the single "Come On Over," which peaked at No. 18 on Hot Country Songs in August. Simpson's last album, "A Public Affair," debuted and peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 in 2006 with 101,000.
L.L. Cool J earns his sixth consecutive top 10 debut as "Exit 13" (Def Jam) enters at No. 9 with 44,000. The set's single "Baby" featuring The-Dream has peaked at No. 52 thus far on the Hot 100. L.L.'s last release, 2006's "Todd Smith," bowed at No. 6 with 116,000.
Gym Class Heroes' fourth album, "The Quilt" (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen), debuts at No. 14 with 32,000. First single "Cookie Jar," also featuring the-Dream, has sold 126,000 downloads in 10 weeks of release. The band's last set, 2006's "As Cruel as School Children," started at No. 93 with 10,000 but went on to peak at No. 35.
Kardinal Offishall's "Not 4 Sale" (Konlive/Geffen/Interscope, No. 40, 12,000).
Compton rapper The Game's L.A.X. pushes 49,200 discs this week, pushing its total to 377,100.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III scans 47,300 copies this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 2,409,900 discs.